Contacts (Hardback)
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Contacts (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 29/10/2020
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Following a man on the London-Edinburgh sleeper train determined to end his life, Contacts is by turns a dark and funny exploration of the great difference that small acts of kindness can make.

James Chiltern boards the 23:50 sleeper train from London to Edinburgh with two pork pies, six beers and a packet of chocolate digestives. At 23:55 he sends a message to all 158 people in his contacts, telling them that he plans to end his life in the morning. He then switches his phone to flight mode. He's said goodbye. To him, it's the end of his story - and time to crack open the biscuits.

But across the world, 158 phones are lighting up with a notification. Phones belonging to his mum. His sister. His ex-best friend. The woman who broke his heart. People he's lost touch with. People he barely knows. And for them, the message is only the beginning of the journey.

Funny and wise, tender and deeply moving, Contacts is a beautiful story about the weight of loneliness, the importance of kindness - and how it's never too late to reach out.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008346966
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'This is such a great book, funny and serious and daring and humane. I prefer Mark Watson to Leo Tolstoy - both as a novelist and a stand-up comedian' - Richard Curtis

'Mark Watson is one of my favourite writers and Contacts is by far his best book yet' - Adam Kay

Praise for Mark Watson's Novels:

'Funny, sharply observed and unexpectedly moving' - The Times

'Hugely recommended. Gentle, compassionate, unusual and thought-provoking' - Chris Cleave

'A beautifully observed, touching and funny book of considerable power' - A. L. Kennedy

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Hardback

“Character-led novel about the way people can interact - different and interesting.”

I chose this book to read because of the author, a comedian whose work I enjoy. However this book is not humorous but deadly serious, which was a disappointment at first for me. The central character, for various... More

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“The Importance of Being Kind”

I read Mark Watson’s Hotel Alpha years ago and really enjoyed it; I remember the characters staying with me for a while afterwards and don’t know why I haven’t got round to buying and reading 100 Hotel Alpha Stories... More

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“Being lonely with 158 friends!”

A fascinating novel written and read by the author, Mark Watson. James Chiltern, heart of gold, rather overweight, estranged from his sister, jobless, lonely, feeling friendless, finally decides that enough is enough.... More

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