The Night Porter is set in a hotel, in November, in the fictional town of Wheatley Fields, (based on Southwell, near Nottinghamshire, deep in Sherwood Forest).
It takes place over two weeks, underneath steel grey clouds and icy rain.
Four writers, all nominated for an upcoming awards ceremony, come to stay.
One mega successful romance author, a top US thriller writer who sells in seven figures, a beautiful young YA tyro on the brink of world wide stardom...
...and a degenerate, nasty, bitter, jealous, trollish, drunken (but brilliant), self-published contemporary fiction author.
The eponymous, pseudonymous and anonymous Night Porter is instructed by a secretive and powerful awards committee to look after their EVERY need, to ensure they make it through the two weeks to attend the ceremony.
At the same time as keeping an eye on their wishes, antics, fights, relationships and never-ending ego explosions.
And trying desperately to avoid getting involved himself.
It's a comedy drama about writers (and Night Porters!) with twists and turns, nooks and crannies, shadows and mirrors, alongside some of my bizarre preoccupations and obsessions.
It casts a sometimes shadowy light on modern publishing, the writing business - and the people in it.
Writers who like to read about writers and writing will enjoy the book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Such a great tale! Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was an excellent book, and I've already recommended it to several of my author friends. It paints a picture of a profession which many of us don't get to see: that of the author vying for an award, pitted against their rivals in a world moving quickly toward digital media over the printed word. And to top it off, this award season has allowed the inclusion of a (gasp) e-book writer! Not only is THAT a point of contention for all those involved, but the main author nominated is not that great a person to begin with. He, along with three others up for Arkwright awards, are registered guests at The Saladin Hotel, and we get our "insider scoop" from the night porter of the hotel himself. I loved this book, and I couldn't bear to put it down. It had the perfect amount of wit, intrigue, and interesting facts about the writing world, in general, and it help my interest from the first word until the last. I would definitely recommend it to all those involved in any form of the writing profession, as well as those who enjoy reading, as it gives a little extra perspective into those minds which provide us with the material we so love and crave. 5 stars (wish I could give it more)
A unique novel – real writing. Full of punches, kicks and honesty. Mark Barry writes how he sees it and leaves no stone unturned. His writing is flawless and continues to draw the reader in with his exceptional style. Mr Barry is perhaps the most daring of contemporary fiction writers and THE NIGHT PORTER is, to date, his most ‘avant-garde’ novel. I won’t tell you what the story is about, buy this book and read it for yourself, but one thing for sure, it will leave you thinking … Who’d I compare his work to … Dickens, Faulks, Amis … this man can write! I am now reading The Night Porter in paperback ...
"Night porters are generally excellent listeners. It should be in EVERY hotel job description.";-) The Night Porter grabs hold and invites you in. Instantly you are welcomed into the arms of the night porter. An open an honest portrayal of a man earning a living doing something he has been raised to do. Actually, that is not entirely true. He first had to drop out of university and then the wheels were in set motion. Not without a little disappointment from family... "However, my father, with whom I had experienced a strained relationship, was livid - apoplectic, even - and because of my decision, my father and I no longer have a strained relationship, or any relationship at all..." This guy is an interesting fellow (if I were in the UK I would say "bloke" instead). I love his chatter and how he invites us right into his world. Sharing everything in- between. The writing as in all Mark Barry's books is sharp, clever with a fabulous sarcastic undertone. Done in the most humorous way. Reminiscence of Monty Python bits. His use of language is beyond shrewd. I read and re-read sentences as I am in awe of this authors unique writing ability. I would like to say natural talent but that would be hard for me to fathom. The detailed descriptions are beyond gifted. At times the narrative gives you the feeling that you are chatting with a friend as the dialog flows so natural off the pages. I went berserk over the humorous footnotes which were absolutely brilliant... You will have to read for yourself! This book delighted me and and I am certain will knock the writing world off its socks. So clever!
If you loved The Remains of the Day, you’ll love The Night Porter The story takes place in the modern era and focuses on a two week period when The Saladin hotel hosts four renowned authors competing for the prestigious Arkwright Literary Fiction Award. The author gives the reader an insight into a dying profession, reminding one of the performance given by Anthony Hopkins in “The Remains of the Day”. Mr. Barry delves into the mindset of the British servant personified. The position was not just a job, it was and still is in some instances, a way of life, which is an alien concept with today’s youth. The reader becomes familiar with the four authors as snippets of their lives unfold. There is discourse amongst the contenders as the British and American writers await press conferences and the awards ceremony itself. Scandalous behavior unbefitting to such a prestigious establishment, but not uncommon in today’s society. A few days before the ceremony, the porter finds Julian lying on the floor after having been struck in the head, and definitely not an accident. And the thrilling ride begins. As the powers that be attempt to keep a lid on the incident until after the awards ceremony, tension mounts amongst the key players. Mr. Barry sweeps the reader into the celebratory arena where expectations are rife, building a climatic finish one does not see coming. An excellent read by a superb writer and storyteller. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more of Mr. Barry’s works.