Monday June 1, 2020

Anti-hero character study makes for unsettling read

Making Nice

15th February, 2015
Matt Sumell: a deeply unpleasant debut novel

By Matt Sumell

Harvill Secker,€16.35

Matt Sumell’s debut novel Making Nice is deeply unpleasant. It is narrated by 30-year-old Alby, who introduces himself to the reader by punching his sister in the face. Habitually violent, frequently inebriated, he specialises in eloquent verbal and aggressively physical abuse. You would probably describe him as a psychopath, if he wasn’t making an apology in the moment of assault.

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