Lots of very contemporary themes – which are in the news today! The young Muslim man struggling with his cultural identity and who becomes involved in a bombing plot; the neglected teenager who ends up having a psychotic attack after smoking too much skunk; the schizophrenic brother; horrible reality tv shows; escape from reality in online games etc.
Thread that runs throughout is ‘what is reality?’
The mental health theme also appears in Englby – which I liked better than this book. I’ve now read several Sebastian Faulk’s books, but not perhaps his most famous Birdsong and I do like his style of writing.