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Contacts

Mark Watson

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HARPER360
01 November 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Adventure
One man's last journey. One hundred and fifty-eight chances to save his life.The unforgettable new book from award-winning writer and comedian Mark Watson! 'Mark Watson is one of my favourite writers and Contacts is by far his best book yet' Adam Kay'Witty, emotional and beautifully written' Jill Mansell'It made me laugh, cry, reflect and want to check in on all my friends' Emma Gannon 'This is such a great book, funny and serious and daring and humane' Richard CurtisJames 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.
By:   Mark Watson
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   470g
ISBN:   9780008346973
ISBN 10:   0008346976
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark Watson is the acclaimed author of six books, most recently The Place that Didn't Exist, Hotel Alpha, and The Knot, which have been published in twelve languages. He is also a stand-up comedian and has won numerous awards in Britain and Australia. He regularly appears on TV, has had his own cult Radio 4 series and been named the Edinburgh Festival's highest achiever of the decade by The Times. He lives in North London.

Reviews for Contacts

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 pitch-perfect tragicomedy of ordinary - and not so ordinary - family life' Jonathan Coe 'A beautifully observed, touching and funny book of considerable power' A. L. Kennedy


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