The Forensic Records Society

The Forensic Records Society

Book - 2017
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Within a few months we'd witnessed bickering, desertion, subterfuge and rivalry. I was rapidly coming to the conclusion that only a miracle could save us now. Two men with a passion for vinyl create a society for the appreciation of records. Their aim is simple: to elevate the art of listening by doing so in forensic detail. The society enjoys moderate success in the back room of their local pub, The Half Moon, with other enthusiasts drawn to the initial promise of the weekly gathering. However, as the club gains popularity, its founder's uncompromising dogma results in a schism within the movement and soon a counter group forms. Then the arrival of a young woman called Alice further fractures the unity of the vulnerable society. As rifts are forged and gulfs widen, Magnus Mills examines the surreal nature of ordinary lives. The master of the comic deadpan returns for his ninth novel, a spectacularly disingenuous exploration of power, fanaticism and really, really good records.
Publisher: London :, Bloomsbury,, 2017.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 182 pages ;,18 cm x 19 cm.


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Donna_R Sep 17, 2017

Magnus Mills is on form in this novel about rival record societies that take train spotterishness to the ultimate level. This also wins the book design award of the year award.

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Jul 29, 2018

By the title, not what I expected. Didn't even take it home.
What a disappointment.

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