Contacts (Hardback)Mark Watson (author)
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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
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 34 mm
'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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