Saturday, 25 January 2014
Why I love reading Magnus Mills
Magnus' books definitely divide opinion, and I have lent them to friends in the past to a very mixed reception. Some people love them, some are confused and indifferent. Personally, I really enjoy the dark humour and understated comedy. In The Restraint of Beasts, a story about high-tensile fence builders of all things, there is a constant sense that something terrible is about to happen. In All Quiet on the Orient Express you fear for the narrator's sanity and well-being as a series of seemingly simple incidents extend his camping trip in the Lake District with increasing absurdity. These stories have a real deadpan quality to them and a underlying darkness that I always enjoy. Also, to his credit, Magnus Mills still drives buses in London even after his publishing success. I love the idea of a famous writer driving passengers down Oxford Circus, the majority of them completely oblivious as to who's behind the wheel.