Meet Simon Haines.
For a decade he’s been chasing his dream: partnership at the legendary, family-run law firm of Fiennes & Plunkett. The gruelling hours and manic intensity of his job have come close to breaking him, but he has made it through the years and is now within a whisker of his millions: in less than two weeks, he will know the outcome of the partnership vote. He decides to spend the wait in Cuba in an attempt to rediscover his youthful enthusiasm and curiosity, and to clear his mind before the arrival of the news that might change his life forever. But alone in Havana he becomes lost in nostalgia and begins to relive his past.
Set against the backdrop of an uncertain world, and charged with emotion, Being Simon Haines is a searching story about contemporary London and aspiration, values and love. Painting a picture of a generation of young professionals, it asks the most universal of questions: are we strong enough to know who we are?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tom Vaughan MacAulay was born in Chester in 1980. Tom is a solicitor and has worked both in London and Milan during his career. He currently lives in North London and is in the process of completing his second novel.
MY REVIEW: I would like to thank Tom Vaughan MacAulay and Red Door Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of Being Simon Haines prior to taking part and being a stop on the blog tour. I can confirm that I chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.
I can honestly say that Being Simon Haines is the reason why I am always intent on broadening my horizons when it comes to reading. I suggest to anyone and everyone – especially those who are genre huggers of the likes of crime or psychological thrillers – to take a leap outside of their comfort zone and read Being Simon Haines – it is bloody amazing and very reminiscent of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (only, you won’t need a box of tissues).
Concentrating on the main character, and as per the book title – Simon Haines – we learn that with success comes many ups and downs full of insecurities, fallouts, makes and breaks, and along the way a mean uncertainty that grips someone when they are wholly intent on becoming something they’ve spent a huge chunk of their life fighting for.
Bit by bit, Being Simon Haines allows the reader to become a huge part of Simon’s life, delving deep into the recesses where other books wouldn’t dare to venture. Moving through many stages of life; from a school leaver to the most pivotal point of his law career, we follow Simon on an almost biographical piece of writing through many relationships with friends and family and the hardship and busy schedule of what a high flying city lawyer of London entails.
The reader really sees the good, the bad and the damn right ugly behind the main character and his family, friends and foes, and it is so much so that at times you are so absorbed you almost forget it’s fiction. It’s an eye opener, believe me, and one that’s left me admitting that a city lawyer I would not make!
BLOG TOUR DETAILS:
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