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March 2015 Book of the Month.
A surprisingly intimate and compelling read, and one that exposes an emotionally challenging and often hidden world. The diverting way in which the author introduces Abby, suggests that something is essentially different, but at the same time she feels extraordinarily real…not perfect, just some sort of normal. You feel encouraged to invest in Abby, to get to know her, both on the surface as you witness her every day life and occasional escapades but also inside, where you start to explore the motion of her mind. This is clever writing, at times softly blurred around the edges, sometimes amusingly engaging, while at others howling and penetrating in it’s intensity. Prepare to like Abby, to smile and laugh with her, to feel perplexed, to empathise and want to hug her, prepare to be left thoroughly captivated in this thought provoking and stimulating novel.~ Liz Robinson
Life has its ups and downs. From the author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods comes a dark, painful and witty novel about a woman whose life is spiralling out of control.
You're going to find some of my actions frustrating. I'm hard to live with, maddening, uneven - I get that. But I can't stand around listing my faults or we'll be here for ever. All I ask right now is that you indulge me. For as long as it lasts, this is going to be one hell of a ride.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Abby, a journalist, lives with her boyfriend; they are happy and life is good. One day she discovers her next-door neighbour Simon dead in his flat, and, strangely, at first it seems to have little effect on her. In fact, it has a profound consequence, and she enters a ‘manic’ episode, associated with her previously diagnosed depression, and her behaviour quickly spirals out of control. Her ‘high’ escalates out of all proportion and she seems bent on a path of self-destruction. Extence writes with wisdom and compassion about a sensitive subject that most readers will be able to relate to on some level. It is a stark look at mental illness from a personal perspective – eye opening, thought-provoking and very readable. He skilfully combines the horror of a young woman’s slide in to depression with the right mix of comic, light-hearted humour and ending on a positive note. Literally unputdownable.
Publication date: 10/03/2016
Publisher: Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 12/03/2015
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||12th March 2015|
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
Gavin Extence was born in 1982 and grew up in the interestingly named village of Swineshead, Lincolnshire. From the ages of 5-11, he enjoyed a brief but illustrious career as a chess player, winning numerous national championships and travelling to Moscow and St Petersburg to pit his wits against the finest young minds in Russia. He won only one game. Author photo © Alix ExtenceMore About Gavin Extence