Xavier Ireland is a radio DJ who listens to the hopes, fears and regrets of sleepless Londoners. Then one day he is forced to confront his own biggest regret. This is a tale of love, loss, and Scrabble- asking questions about life and death, strangers and friends, heartache and comfort, and whether the choices we don't make affect us just as powerfully as those we do.
©2010 Mark Watson (P)2011 WF Howes Ltd
As Danny Wallace rightly stated, this is an at times funny and classy book. I was thoroughly enjoying the story until the ending, which I found to be totally unsatisfactory. It was too rushed, sudden and abrupt with too many unanswered questions. While I'd enjoyed the book up until then and thought it had a very clever plot with some thought-provoking ideas along the lines of the movie Sliding Doors, the ending left me feeling frustrated. Narration - often a maker or breaker of audiobooks - was very good in this case, with some nice voices and accents.
Unusual writing. I found it a bit long winded and dull. Loved the fact that the author tells you what happens to people many years in the future as the story goes along.
I love Mark so might give another book a go, but couldn't recommend this.
It took a few minutes to get into, but this tale of a late night radio presenter in London has been the best book I have read / listened to all year-
It takes a little while to establish the main characters but rapidly you care about their outcome in a slightly odd and unpredictable story.
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