Terra by Mitch Benn

Terra cover

There’s a good chance that if you’re thinking of reading Mitch Benn’s Terra, it’s because you’re familiar with Benn as a songwriter and performer on the BBC radio program The Now Show. While that’s certainly a lure the publishers would be foolish not to publicize, you should probably decouple this satisfying little novel from any notion of the celebrity book deal. Snooki’s A Shore Thing this isn’t. With his strong body of song lyrics and stand-up, Benn is, in an obvious and important sense, a writer by trade. Terra deserves to be read as though fiction were his primary genre, rather than with the raised eyebrow rightly given to the blatantly brand-building celebrity cookbook and its ilk.

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