A YEAR CAN GO QUICKLY.
PARTICULARLY WHEN IT’S YOUR LAST.
Adam had it all: a great job, a gorgeous house and a loving family. Then he cheated on his partner. Then she kicked him out. And then he was given twelve months to live.
Despite the devastating news, Adam is determined to turn his life around before it finally runs out. Help comes in the form of an ex-junky, a cantankerous train driver, a nun experiencing a crisis of faith, and a teenager intent on losing her virginity – all living on borrowed time, all deserate to feel alive before their time is up.
Thank you firstly to Jenny at Hodder for inviting me to be involved in the blogtour for this book and providing me with a finished copy.
This is a moving story of Adam, terminally ill and estranged from his partner but back living with her and their child when they discovered he had months to live. Now in the spare room Adam attempts to make the most of his final days and months. Because prior to this Adam had taken his life for granted, a foolish one night stand detonated his relationship and late working nights kept him from his daughter.
This is a story about Adam and his attempts to make precious memories with his daughter and make amends to his parther, as he seeks to make every moment count. HIs cancer journey, sharing this and a process of goodbyes. But this is also a story about a motley group of people all with just one thing in common, their cancer diagnosis. They meet at a councelling group, which unexpectedly changes into a drama group as they seek to produce a play, a comedy of Shakespeare’s many death scenes, which serves to enable them to engage with death in an entertaining way.
The characters are well developed, their personal circumstances are all sensitely written and their relationships with one another are tender and supportive. The book, despite being under 400 pages managed to pack in a lot of detail about each of these engaging characters and collectively this is their story.
You won’t be surprised to learn this book is sad, one of it’s central themes is death afterall, with a message of death being a necessary part of life, which of course we know but don’t really engage with. Of the characters Adam’s story was central but I particularly liked Laura and Pat’s stories. The book starts with the characters meeting and is told chronolgically as they develop their play to performance. Told in the third person, short chapters encourage the reader to read, ‘just one more’, but the book is also divided into five Acts. Clearly their is much going on in this group and all aspects of what they are dealing with is gently explored.
This was a beautifully written story which I found to be absorbing and engaging. It is about death and dying parts were very sad, I enjoy an emotional read, but I suppose it won’t appeal to everyone due to the subject matter. It is a book I would absolutely recommend and will hold wide appeal to those who enjoy character driven novels dealing with life, relationships, loss and dying.
About the Author
In one form or another, Andy has always been a writer. At school, he passed notes in class and scribbled rude words on lamp posts. At university he wrote a PhD in biochemistry and forged tickets to various balls, and as an advertising copywriter, he has written adverts for everything from baby food to booxe. But it wasn’t until he was well into his thirties that Andy started writing fiction. If he could write a letter to his younger self, it would urge him to stop messing about and get on with it. Andy lives in London with his wife and two little girls. Chances are he’s writing something.
This is a blog tour celebrating the publication of this contemporary read, which is published this Thursday (29th April). Lots of people are talking about this book so do check out what they are saying, and thank you as always for taking the time to read and share this post.