chapter  7
The botoxing of experience
Pages 19

David Ely's (1964) novel is the inspiration for the ®lm Seconds, which charts the story of Arthur Hamilton's reinvention. Arthur Hamilton is a middle-aged man. His life has lost purpose. He feels disengaged at work, and the love between him and his wife has dwindled. One evening Hamilton receives a late night phone call from Charlie Evans, an old friend Hamilton believed had committed suicide a year before. Intrigued, he follows Charlie's directions and is approached by a secret organisation, known simply as the `Company', which offers wealthy people a second chance at life. The Company, in the person of Mr Ruby, interviews Hamilton, and resorts to blackmail to persuade him to sign on, foreshadowing the unfortunate consequences of accepting the Company's assistance.