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10 thoughts on “The Planner

  1. David Staniforth David Staniforth says:

    Nice, engaging writing style that took me on a different kind of reading journey Didn t really deliver the promise it began with and kind of ended a couple of chapters short of what I expected.


  2. Lita Lita says:

    The idea of writing a story hand in hand with London planning each chapter starts with a quote from the London Plan was interesting especially for me as an urbanist and as someone who has lived in London, specifically in Crystal Palace, the same as the main character , but the execution was lacking in something I think the author didn t deliver on the promise of discovering the city together with the main character, we were too caught up in his personal drama of not being succesful enough The idea of writing a story hand in hand with London planning each chapter starts with a quote from the London Plan was interesting especially for me as an urbanist and as someone who has lived in London, specifically in Crystal Palace, the same as the main character , but the execution was lacking in something I think the author didn t deliver on the promise of discovering the city together with the main character, we were too caught up in his personal drama of not being succesful enough in his thirties I would really give 2.5 stars because I think London could have added so muchto the story


  3. Ruby Ruby says:

    I stumbled across this book in a charity shop and left it on my bookshelf for two years I randomly decided to pick it up and believe I read it at the right time just as I entered the working world as a Londoner Living in the gritty streets of London I could totally relate to James self deprecating humour and how authentic his life was However, I did have high expectations and given the story was based around London, that itself warranted an interesting story I expected a dark turn with Fel I stumbled across this book in a charity shop and left it on my bookshelf for two years I randomly decided to pick it up and believe I read it at the right time just as I entered the working world as a Londoner Living in the gritty streets of London I could totally relate to James self deprecating humour and how authentic his life was However, I did have high expectations and given the story was based around London, that itself warranted an interesting story I expected a dark turn with Felix and James s character and was slightly disappointed with how abruptly Felix had disappeared given the revelation about his sexuality At times I did becomeinterested in Felix himself than James so would have appreciated some closure with him I thought James was a good protagonist, but soon got tired of the whining given how James was privileged in some ways yet he was still likeable I thought the writing was excellent, funny and witty and would highly recommend this book for any 20 30 somethings working and feeling unfulfilled I expected a plot and an ending, but it feltlike reading someones diary I was disappointed with the ending as I would have liked to have known whether James had taken the job offer in Nottingham, however in some ways it was poetic The book was unfinished Overall, I enjoyed reading it and it did keep me entertained but I felt it had so muchto offer given the backdrop


  4. Hamzah Al Asadulloh Hamzah Al Asadulloh says:

    James is a young disillusioned government employee working in city planning He almost completely by chance meets Felix, drags him into a London he had never seen before, a world filled with attractive young people, clubs, and drugs.I absolutely love the simple language and fast pace of the book very gripping and it was hard to put the book down Recently moving to London myself, I shared similar sentiments harbored by James.


  5. Paul Paul says:

    Pick up from local library, and end up enjoy every single page of it The ending is suprsing, probably to drastic for my taste, but on the other hand, totally believable I guess that is difference between fiction and biography, which is what I read most of the time recently.


  6. Shane Shane says:

    Not sure if it was a parable about what can go wrong when you do new things to please your newly acquired cool friends, or when you do things to please your mother Either way, there was enough to like in this story to keep me entertained.


  7. Brendan Ward Brendan Ward says:

    A local government town planner grows weary of his daily fistings and voluntarily resigns in order to join the relatively glamourous private sector How do they come up with these crazy plots Escapism at its finest.


  8. Evelyn Jones Evelyn Jones says:

    The story was good and the writing was okay The reason I gave it five stars is because I am also a town planner in london who has worked in local government so so many of the references triggered find memories A really enjoyable little read for that reason


  9. Alice Alice says:

    I enjoyed the writing as well as the story and the characters that pepper it Found the ending disappointing, so giving it a 3.5 out of 5.


  10. Mark Major Mark Major says:

    The Planner 2014 by Tom Campbell tells the story of two months in the life of James Crawley, a young town planner working in the public sector for Southwark Council south London borough across the River Thames from the City of London , who is having a mid life crisis in his early thirties James has learned to play it safe He knows a great deal about regulating city life but very little about actually experiencing life in one of the greatest cities in the world In James opinion, he lacks The Planner 2014 by Tom Campbell tells the story of two months in the life of James Crawley, a young town planner working in the public sector for Southwark Council south London borough across the River Thames from the City of London , who is having a mid life crisis in his early thirties James has learned to play it safe He knows a great deal about regulating city life but very little about actually experiencing life in one of the greatest cities in the world In James opinion, he lacks a worldview This is when he meets Felix, a brand planner in the advertising industry Felix takes on James as a project to help him develop this worldview to better guide him Felix does so by introducing James to the darker social s of London As one might expect, this includes recreational drug use, observations in class, professional and sexual politics, and a pseudo erotic rite de passage.The personal revelations in The Planner are hardly surprising people are not always as they appear or earth shattering people are stupid and need to be told what to do, i.e what one might expect from someone choosing town planning as a profession This is especially true since it s readily apparent this is the worldview James already holds at the start of the story, so acute self awareness is the only lesson he learns on this journey However, it is in the atmospheric description of the social s of Londoners including lingering remnants of the class system and the locales neighborhoods of London itself where Campbell s The Planner really shines This includes all too familiar witty commentaries on the dreariness and inherently self defeating proposition of the town planning profession itself in the absence of naked tyranny Some of it is very cynical e.g everything is branding You may not be entirely satisfied where The Planner ends up but you ll enjoy the journey getting there, which so often describes what the city is really all about 3 1 2 stars out of 5


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The Planner ❰Read❯ ➵ The Planner Author Tom Campbell – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk James is exactly what you d expect from one of London s most promising, young town planners He s cautious, respected by colleagues and performs well in team meetings But while James understands the gl James is exactly what you d expect from one of London s most promising, young town planners He s cautious, respected by colleagues and performs well in team meetings But while James understands the glitter and grime of the city better than almost anyone, he hasn t actually experienced much of it And, as he watches his university friends blossom bewilderingly into rich and successful adults, he has the nagging sense that he has somehow fallen by the wayside That is, until he meets Felix, who navigates the glamorous and cynical capital with sophisticated ease Felix introduces James to a London that he has never known, and which doesn t feature in the planning manuals a world of private clubs and executive football boxes of book launches, contemporary art galleries, suburban drug dealers and dates with women even exotic than the peculiar vodka shots they drink But London is an expensive city in many ways, and the world Felix has opened up comes at a cost James may know how to design housing estates and high streets, but is it really possible to redraw the masterplan for his own life And what will he lose along the way.