West Coast by Kate Muir

Released: September 4, 2008

Format: Paperback

Pages: 367

Publisher: Headline

ISBN: 978-0755325047

This was a neat book, written from the perspective of a world-famous photographer with humble roots. Fergus, the main character, is introduced as a celebrity, whose edgy work is bought by collectors for millions of dollars. His private life is less successful, and as he analyzes where it all went wrong, he reminisces about his childhood in a poor Scottish fishing village in the 1970s.

Young Fergus had an exciting and turbulent life, which was really interesting to read about. The descriptions of his hometown felt like reading Emile Zola or another literary social commentator.  In contrast, Older Fergus’s “glamorous” life seems boring and cliche – which I think was the point. I’d definitely recommend West Coast if you’re looking for a quick, entertaining read.


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