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From Publishers Weekly An all-day telethon at the Meldon Centre, Europe's biggest mall, attracts huge crowds--and a lone gunman. Brenchley ( The Garden ) examines this catastrophic combination through the eyes of a wide range of Northern England's population: a teen couple, a TV cameraman, the Meldon Centre magnate himself, his wife, her lover, a band called Hot Ginger, a publicity flack in love with a radio shock jock, and the like. As these characters helplessly watch the well-planned carnival turn into the scene of random carnage, Brenchley often interpolates unexpectedly human and dramatic incidents. But too much depends on the gunman, whose sketchy motivations (bad parents, sexual repulsion/repression) are psychological cliches, and whenever the novel returns to this central character, the narrative stalls. While Brenchley shows courage in taking on headline horrors that supposedly resist fictional treatment, his slapdash portrayal of the ''lone nut'' character puts a decoy where a hot-blooded murderer should be.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 1991 : UK Hardback
Title: Mall Time
Author(s): Chaz Brenchley
ISBN: 0-340-52827-3 / 978-0-340-52827-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 1992 : UK Paperback
Title: Mall Time
Author(s): Chaz Brenchley
ISBN: 0-340-57448-8 / 978-0-340-57448-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: Mall Time
Author(s): Chaz Brenchley
ISBN: 1-5226-5850-5 / 978-1-5226-5850-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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August 2015 : USA Audio edition
Title: Mall Time
Author(s): Chaz Brenchley
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

August 2015 : UK Audio edition
Title: Mall Time
Author(s): Chaz Brenchley
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   



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