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Fly on the Wall by Rupert Smith

London SE1 website team

"The Elephant & Castle comes alive when the sun goes down" begins one chapter in Rupert Smith's novel Fly on the Wall (GMP £9.99).

Rupert Smith's Fly on the Wall

ITV1's The Borough has entertained us but here is the Elephant which is being filmed and by a less responsible crew.

The author lives in SE1 so you can speculate on the real name of St Agatha's School and the Prince of Wales pub which has a resident page three girl. But the bus route, shopping centre, "tunnels stinking of piss" and newspaper stand opposite Princess Street are all familiar.

Maybe some of the characters will be familiar to some. The dialogue is very good and convincing and Rupert Smith uses his inside knowledge of the media to good effect. This is an enjoyable story but also a warning against appearing on television.

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