by Tom Campbell
James is a disillusioned public servant - spending all his time and energy planning for the future of his city, and leaving none to plan his own.
That is, until he meets Felix, a suave stranger who promises to shape him in his image.
When Campbell published his first novelabout five blokes competing with one another in poker (and life), it drew somewhat inevitable comparisons with Nick Hornby.
Against a backdrop of recession, the hero seems not so much like one of Hornby’s hapless Nineties everyblokes - but actually hopeless.