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Alan Warner looks at status-obsessed society

5th May 2010

Scottish writer Alan Warner believes that his latest novel offers a realistic appraisal of modern society.

In an interview with the Metro, the author claimed that Manda, one of the leading characters in The Stars In The Bright Sky, is a fitting portrayal of how society has come to revolve around image.

'Manda epitomises the extent to which our society is obsessed with status - the right mobile phone, the right pair of shoes, the house in the right postal code,' he explained.

Warner added he decided to set the novel, which is the sequel to 1998's The Sopranos, in the summer of 2001, as it allowed him to look at the characters between the ages of 17 and 21 - when 'life is so strange'.

The author also told the newspaper that he has retained his trademark characterisation in the new novel, making sure his players are imbued with a sense of mortality, awe and outrage.

In a recent interview with The List, Warner said he set The Stars In The Bright Sky in the past because he does not 'understand young women anymore'.

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