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The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
  

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The heart-warming new novel from Graeme Simsion, the international bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. The Best of Adam Sharp is about growing old and feeling young, about happy times and sad memories, about staying together and drifting apart, but most of all, it's about how the music we make together creates the soundtrack that shapes our lives.

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Synopsis

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

Can you define your life by a single song? Adam Sharp - former pianist in a hip Melbourne bar, now a respectable IT consultant in Norwich - can. And it's 'You're Going to Lose that Girl' ...On the cusp of fifty and a happy introvert, Adam is content. He's the music expert at his local pub-quiz and he and his partner Claire rumble along. Life may not be rock n' roll, but neither is it easy listening. Yet something has always felt off-key. And that's his nostalgia for what might have been, his blazing affair - more than twenty years ago, on the other side of the world - with Angelina Brown, a smart and sexy, strong-willed actress who taught him for the first time, as he played piano and she sang, what it meant to find - and then lose - love. How different might his life be if he hadn't let her walk away? Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. Adam has sung about second chances, but does he have the courage to believe in them?

Reviews

'Sliding Doors meets High Fidelity. A meditation on love, lust, regrets and second chances, Simsion paints a detailed and entertaining portrait of a flawed and wistful man who wants a romance to be more than a silly love song' AU Review

'Simsion hits his marks by tapping into the daydream of a do-over. A gifted comic writer' Saturday Paper

'A dark comedy of manners. Simsion is alert to many kinds of pain: the loss or absence of children through death, divorce, suicide, infertility. At the same time, we see how relationships can sometimes be sustained notwithstanding betrayals' Sydney Morning Herald

'The moral of The Best of Adam Sharp can be summed up as: do not let the one who got away get away. If you do, things could get messy' The Australian

'Simsion is back with a bang. The Best of Adam Sharp make us laugh at the unexpected and feel the depth of emotions associated with a risky journey in love' Mrs B's Book Reviews

'Simsion has done it again; authored a poignant, funny novel, that can stand proudly beside the Rosie novels, if not entirely outshine them' -- Simon McDonald

'A novel that asks important questions, and is as moving as it is entertaining' Booklover

'The kind of book that will make you reflect on marriage, life and love. Told in Simsion's unique writing style with eccentric characters you'll love, Simsion has us on the cusp of wishing for a happy ending while also wanting the right decision will be made' Better Reading Blog

'Will make you laugh, cry, feel uncomfortable and get you pondering your own past life choices' -- J.F. Gibson

'Like Woody Allen flick ... The Best of Adam Sharp is a book about regret, about not taking the chances that life deals you and how those failures end up wearing away at you. It's a hugely romantic tale' Daily Review

About the Author

Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion is a full-time writer. Previously an IT consultant and educator, he wrote his first book in 1994 (the standard reference on data modelling, now entering its fourth edition), and taught at four Australian universities. He is married to Anne, a professor of psychiatry who writes erotic fiction. They have two children. The Rosie Project was originally written as a screenplay, and won the Australian Writers Guild/Inception Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script in 2010. As a novel, it won the 2012 Victorian Premier's award for an unpublished fiction manuscript.

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Book Info

Publication date

9th February 2017

Author

Graeme Simsion

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Publisher

Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
384 pages

Categories

Romantic Fiction
Relationship Stories
Literary Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Humour

ISBN

9780718179496

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