Wednesday, 4 April 2018

#BlogTour: The Outer Circle by Ian Ridley @IanRidley1 @Unbound_Digital #TheOuterCircle #RandomThingsTours


Published by Unbound Digital The Outer Circle is available now. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on to the blog tour. You can get your copy of the book here.


It's the morning after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in London. The city is relaxed as rarely before, delighted with itself at how spectacularly it has hosted the uplifting event. 

The capital, however, will be rudely and brutally awoken from its self-congratulation by a shocking atrocity committed upon innocent Muslims at the London Central Mosque in Regent's Park. 

How could it happen? Why did it happen? Is this a terrorist attack? Is it political? Or is it personal? 

THE OUTER CIRCLE is concerned with the culture of modern Britain. It follows five characters caught up in this tragic event and the aftermath of anxiety and reprisal as the answers dramatically emerge.

My Thoughts:

The Outer Circle is a bold and accomplished novel from the writer Ian Ridley. This is his first work of fiction and I certainly hope that it won't be his last.

Set in London 2012 mere days after the high of the Olympics. Everyone is warm and friendly and there is a camaraderie amongst strangers. On the next turn of the coin though an atrocity takes place at a Mosque in Regent's Park, this strikes fear into everyone. This book really deals with the aftermath.

The characters were wonderful vessels for telling this story, a story that had me engrossed. The London landscape was set perfectly, the unravelling of events was handled sensitively. I very much enjoyed following them throughout the story. 

The author has shone a light on subject matter that is sadly very current and very relevant. He has handled it with care but also produced a story that engages the reader and makes them think.

There is also a reflection of journalism as it is today and also racism. All subjects that were wonderfully handled.

The Outer Circle is a unique book on subject matter that everyone is aware of and is touched by. This thrilling read is really highly recommended by me. 

About the Author:
Ian is an award-winning football writer and the author of 10 books. A former chairman of Weymouth and St Albans City, he has been writing about football for over 30 years, having worked for various newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday and The Observer.

Twitter: @IanRidley1

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