Speak to Me (Hardback)
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Speak to Me (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages
Published: 06/07/2023
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The author of How to Be Human spins a keenly observed and heartbreaking dissection of our obsession with technology through the story of a relationship dominated by a mobile phone.

I shall explain about our marriage. We have a modern version of a long-distance relationship. We share a house, but live in different historical eras...

What happens in a relationship when your partner only has eyes for their new phone?

What happens when you lose a treasured possession - a hoard of love letters documenting a relationship that never really ended - and this loss becomes an obsession?

Speak to Me is the story of a woman's quest, in a world ruled by screens and devices, for a conversation that will unlock who she once was, and what she really wants now. Keenly observed, tender and sharply funny, this is a book about all the ways we say, and don't say, the things in our hearts.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472299932
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 220 x 146 x 28 mm


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There are three of us in this - you, me and your mobile. How many couples have said this to each other? Paula Cocozza's witty, wry new novel is sharp as a skewer about the devices and desires in many modern marriages. I loved it - Amanda Craig, author of THE GOLDEN RULE

Sparky... wonderfully tart... sharp throughout... audaciously framed and sincerely human - Daily Telegraph

A beguiling and unsettling modern love story, full of wit, bafflement and razor-sharp swipes at modern desperation. She loves her past; he loves his phone, the centre cannot hold - Louisa Young, author of A YEAR AND A DAY

A meticulously composed novel about getting and paying attention. Paula Cocozza peels back the screens of modern life to explore different types of distance - from those we love and from ourselves, in a marriage and back to a lingering youthful relationship. Cool, compelling, Speak To Me is both timeless and vividly contemporary - Richard Beard, Author of THE DAY THAT WENT MISSING

With a brilliant, thwarted woman at its heart, SPEAK TO ME is a novel of longing like no other. Cocozza's command of this narrative voice is mesmerizing - I read it at a sitting, entranced - Elizabeth McKenzie, author of THE DOG OF THE NORTH

Cocozza is a perceptive and intuitive writer who is unafraid to dwell in the life of the mind and, most crucially, the heart - Sharlene Teo, author of PONTI

A novel that manages to put its finger, exactly, tenderly, on a place of very modern pain. A contemporary, funny, anguished take on love and loneliness. - Ross Raisin, author of GOD'S OWN COUNTRY

A powerful story of love, desire and identity. And the silent but significant impact technology has on these most human emotions - Mary Portas

Highly original - Elle Magazine (Summer Reading Pick, July 2023)

Cocozza's writing is addictive and she weaves an unexpectedly moving story, but it's her sharp observations that really steal the show... our heroine wouldn't look out of place in an Alan Bennett monologue... Speak To Me is a confessional story of our time, a painfully accurate portrayal of a relationship in crisis. Beneath the humour, though, there is a powerful message and a surprising poignancy - Joanna Cannon, Guardian

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“Fiction addiction book club”

Enjoyed this read as it was something different to what I usually read. I think the pacing of the book could have been faster and the characters were hard to like. However, I did keep going back to read more so... More

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“How technology dominates our life”

This was an unusual book, quite a quick read and threw up some interesting questions about modern life. The woman in the novel, who narrates, is frustrated that her husband seems to pay more attention to her phone... More

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“Speak to me review”

Read this as part of bookclub. Thought the premise was great

Could see why people would enjoy it but the writing style was not my style

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