The Star Witness by Andy Hamilton

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Hamilton pays out the rope of salvation with great skill and, although there is plenty of comedy, particularly in some of the secondary characters, he ultimately chooses not to play this heartfelt drama for laughs.
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From comedy legend Andy Hamilton comes this consistently hilarious and brilliant debut novel bursting with satire, wit and even a little heart. Kevin Carver is a household name. A popular TV soap star, he's coasting through life in the same semi-detached, slightly smug way he's always done. But when he dumps his much-too-young-for-him girlfriend in the same callous way he's come to treat those around him, he makes the first in a series of mistakes. One poor decision leads to another and, as Kevin wades deeper into a moral grey area, things go from bad to very much worse. The national treasure finds himself the subject of vitriolic press attacks, a police investigation, and so much public loathing he begins to wonder if he has any chance of receiving justice. As the line blurs between his own life and that of the character he plays on TV, Kevin must face the consequences of his actions if he is ever to right his sinking ship. The Star Witness is the story of one self-regarding man's descent into disgrace and his journey back to join the human race. A pin-sharp satire on the shallows of modern media culture and the dysfunctional relationship we all have with the idea of `celebrity', it will keep you laughing, cringing and guessing until the very last page.
 

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 Andy Hamilton is a home brewer, forager, and survivalist expert. He lives in Bristol, England.
 
Published September 8, 2016 by Unbound Digital. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Jul 28 2017

Hamilton pays out the rope of salvation with great skill and, although there is plenty of comedy, particularly in some of the secondary characters, he ultimately chooses not to play this heartfelt drama for laughs.

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