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Unfiltered: Sophie White's effortlessly authentic look at the topsy-turvy world of influencer culture

Fiction: Unfiltered

Sophie White

Hachette, 384 pages, paperback €13.99; e-book £8.99

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A sharp-eyed take on modern life: Author and journalist Sophie White. Photo by Mark Condren

A sharp-eyed take on modern life: Author and journalist Sophie White. Photo by Mark Condren

Unfiltered by Sophie White

Unfiltered by Sophie White

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A sharp-eyed take on modern life: Author and journalist Sophie White. Photo by Mark Condren

The chasm between the real-life self and the online self has been a glorious seam for writers to mine.

From Dawn O'Porter and Taffy Brodesser-Akner to Emma Jane Unsworth and Kiley Reid, there has been much to say about the vapid, narcissistic and superficial quality of social media, and the people (usually women) in thrall to it.

Journalist/podcaster/blogger Sophie White joined the fray last year with her debut novel, Filter This. Her media career had certainly qualified her to take a deep dive into the phenomenon of social media obsession. Mixing an insider's knowledge of influencer culture with a lightness of touch, White delivered a charming, effervescent debut. Rough around the edges, certainly, but a tasty balance of froth and insight.