The Last Treasure Hunt

The Last Treasure Hunt[PDF / Epub] ❤ The Last Treasure Hunt ✅ Jane Alexander – At the age of thirty Campbell Johnstone is a failure He's stuck behind the bar of a shabby pub watching from the sidelines while everyone else makes a success of their lives The most visible is Eve Sa At the age of thirty Campbell Johnstone is a failure He's stuck behind the bar of a shabby pub watching from the sidelines while everyone else makes a success of their lives The most visible is Eve Sadler a childhood friend and rising Hollywood star When Campbell tries to rekindle their relationship he longs for the glitter of her success to rub off on him but a single shocking night changes everything in ways he The Last PDF/EPUB ² could never have predicted When the dust settles Cam's life is transformed The recognition he'd given up on is within reach but at what costThe Last Treasure Hunt explores our obsession with fame and celebrity with great intelligence and sly wit it's a modern media morality tale with bite.

Jane Alexander is the author of The Last Treasure Hunt Saraband which was selected as a Waterstones Debut of the Year in and A User’s Guide to Make Believe Allison Busby Her short stories have won awards and been widely publishedIn she completed a PhD in creative writing exploring the contemporary uncanny in short fiction Her forthcoming projects include a collection o.

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Last Treasure Hunt
  • Jane Alexander
  • English
  • 15 October 2016
  • 9781908643803

10 thoughts on “The Last Treasure Hunt

  1. Vivienne says:

    Well written exploration of the lure of fameThis was a reading group selection I found it an okay read exploring the lure of fame and celebrity culture Campbell wasn’t a very likeable protagonist It was popular with others in the group Our members all agreed that it was well written and we had an in depth discussion about Cam’s personality and life choices

  2. Jackie Law says:

    The Last Treasure Hunt by Jane Alexander explores the lure of fame and the capricious nature of celebrity It lays bare the personal cost and the impact on family and friends when one man succumbs to the draw and deceits of a publicity dependent lifestyleThirty year old Campbell Johnstone works as a barman in a rundown Glasgow pub He shares a decrepit flat owned by his financially successful brother with his cousin Roddy who is studying for a PhD When Roddy is offered a paid fellowship in America it hits Campbell that all of his family and friends are making something of their lives all except him In a maudlin state he Googles the name of the most outwardly successful of the lot of them – Oscar nominated actress and old childhood friend Eve SadlerThe gossip hungry internet informs Campbell that the Hollywood star is currently filming at a location in his home city Campbell and Roddy decide to gatecrash the site and somewhat to their surprise succeed in getting through Eve recognises Campbell and agrees to give him the number of her hotel where they meet for a drink A careless update on social media is followed by a brief kiss and the trajectory of their lives is changedCampbell is thrown into the limelight For a brief period every tabloid newspaper is clamouring for his story doorstopping his flat and his parents’ home in the hope of gleaning exclusives on Campbell and Eve’s relationship Their mothers had been friends and the families had holidayed together when the children were young The papers see the potential for a lucrative love story of the sort their readers will lap upCampbell makes the decision to play along selling exclusive rights to the lie the papers seek His burgeoning bank balance enables him to paper over the cracks forming in his friendships as a result of his actions He employs an agent moves to London and begins to believe in his own worth It is only when he veers off the course dictated by his relationship with Eve to establish a reason why he should be regarded in his own right that he realises how fragile this gilded lifestyle isAlthough straplined ‘A Modern Media Morality Tale’ this story is not preachy Campbell is foolish but all too believable He allows himself to be sucked into an industry created to feed the insatiable appetites of a public hungry for real life fairy stories where the players are either heroes or villains a role must be played and attention spans are short He is naive in imagining that his part is anything than temporary He suppresses thoughts of the cost to others the hurt he inflicts in order to fan the flame of his fameI enjoyed the structure of the story the way snapshots of the childhood holidays were interspersed with the contemporary action The author has drawn the petty cruelties and self centredness of children to perfection The cast is ordinary neither poor nor rich overly successful nor downtrodden It is conceivable that this could happen to someone each reader may knowThe catalyst for the action and the denouement reuired some literary licence but worked well enough Campbell was foolish but not evil insensitive but not mindfully cruel It would be good to think that he could learn from this experience and be satisfied with what he has Perhaps that is harder than it seems for allMy copy of this book was provided gratis by the publisher Saraband

  3. M. says:

    This was an interesting read If I had any rhyming ability I would put in a couplet or two Alas I'll leave that to Jane Alexander It starts off and surprises you as uickly as you can turn a page The main character has the ualities of someone you love to hate and often makes you shake your head at what he thinks is a good idea You know he's heading for disaster than he does Alexander's writing is modern and fresh Although I wish the ending had been a bit satisfying

  4. Ian says:

    An engaging story about childhood romances rekindled takes a dark twist and sets out on a journey taking in the beast of the modern media and our own ability to ignore our own worst nature A thoroughly enjoyable debut novel highly recommended and left me with lots of uestions and a hunger for from this writer

  5. Elaina says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book I was lucky enough to to win a copy as a Goodreads giveaway As soon as I started reading it I was gripped The writing flows so well it's easy to get absorbed into Campbell's storyThe story itself wasn't at all as I expected I'd certainly read from this author

  6. Rachel Page says:

    This book was less predictable than I expected One of the early reveals was instantly obvious and I was worried that it was going to be the climax of the book when I had worked it out instantly But it carried on in a direction I wasn't expectingThe main character is thoroughly unlikeable but all in all I enjoyed the book

  7. Russell Jones says:

    A modern moral fable with I think a believable main character who evoked sympathy and revulsion If you're a reader who enjoys a riproaring plot then this might be a bit of a slow burner for you but if you prefer books which challenge your judgement this could be right up your proverbial alley

  8. Steve Gillway says:

    A clever analysis of modern celebrity The main character is enticed into the media world and then exploited by agents and such like in such a way that the person is essentially milked A fable for the modern age

  9. Raluca says:

    Solid move from short stories to novels I'd say Enjoyed the plot and characters everything felt so real at times it was really unsettling But did I believe in Campbell? The truth is I'm not sure But I guess life is like that you can't really be sure of anything So in a way I did

  10. Dave P says:

    Well written but unfortunately a lead character this thoroughly unpleasant made it hard to like this book

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