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The Coincidence Authority by J.W. Ironmonger
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

An incredibly charming, delightful book. On the one hand this is the simple love story of Thomas Post, coincidence expert and Azalea Lewis, coincidence prone young lady. On the other it’s a bittersweet look at whether fate really does have everything mapped out for us and whether we can change our stars. On the way to its conclusion it manages to be one of the best books I’ve read in years.

If you like J.W. Ironmonger you might also like to read books by Mark Haddon, Graeme Simsion and Matt Haig.

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Synopsis

The Coincidence Authority by J.W. Ironmonger

Thomas Post is an expert on coincidences. He's an authority. People come to see him, to ask him if he can explain strange events that have befallen them, and he can always explain these things away. We poor humans, he would say, have a tendency to make patterns out of random shapes, or to construct meaning from the random behaviour of the universe. But one day Thomas gets a visit from Azalea Lewis, and his world will never be the same again. For Azalea's coincidences seem to go off the scale. The lives of Thomas and Azalea become entwined, their destinies entangled. And now, with Azalea apparently dead in a foreign land, Thomas must reassemble the pieces of her life in search for the patterns that drove it. And that means he must try to unravel the coincidences that so afflicted her.

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A love story that is also a story of ideas...The love story between Thomas and Azalea is touching and gently written. * THE METRO * This story twists like a pretzel, the author teases and tantalises the reader, and it's delightfully unexpected. * THE TIMES * This is an absorbing and unusual novel suffused with intelligence, charm and humanity and I highly recommend it. * THE BOOKSELLER *


About the Author

J. W. Ironmonger was born and grew up in East Africa. He has a doctorate in Zoology, and was once an expert on freshwater leeches. He is the author of THE GOOD ZOO GUIDE and THE NOTABLE BRAIN OF MAXIMILIAN PONDER, was part of a world record team for speed-reading Shakespeare, and once drove across the Sahara in a GBP100 banger. He lives in rural Shropshire with his wife, Sue, and has two grown-up children.

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Publication date

4th September 2014

Author

J.W. Ironmonger

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781780220840

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