5 Ways to be Famous Now (Maurilia Meehan, Transit Lounge)
The confines of a cruise ship headed for the most remote part of Antarctica is the perfect setting for jealous temperaments to thrive and plots of revenge to unfold in this satirical, page-turning novel. Embarking on the ship’s maiden voyage is a cast of colourful characters, including the anonymous firebug narrator whose psychopathic tendencies are all part of his charm; and the rather unnerving, manipulative captain of the ship with a secret worth killing for. As the ship sets sail, it quickly becomes apparent that those on board are so swept up in their desire for recognition, they’re blind to the shared ghosts in their pasts. This novel is a delightfully wicked romp with a razor-sharp edge. Maurilia Meehan’s expertly executed use of irony and subtle humour make even the most outlandish motives believable, and the attention to detail and careful development of each character’s backstory results in a thoroughly satisfying, cohesive storyline. The familiar turns of phrase and intelligent wordplay associated with the author’s style are reminiscent of Margaret Atwood. Exploring some of the darker facets of human nature, this book will be enjoyed by anyone looking for a fast-paced read with tantalising twists.
Jessica Slade is a bookseller at Abbey’s Bookshop in Sydney