Contacts: From the award-winning comedian, the most heartwarming, touching and funny fiction book

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Contacts: From the award-winning comedian, the most heartwarming, touching and funny fiction book

Contacts: From the award-winning comedian, the most heartwarming, touching and funny fiction book

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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. If you fancy a blackly comic tale about the end of the world via an alien invasion, then try The Third Wheel. Over explaining things that didn’t need to be explained, little remarks that weren’t clever or funny but were clearly intended to be. He boards the overnight train to Edinburgh, a place that has significance to him, sends a goodbye text to his 158 phone contacts, switches his phone to flight mode, then settles in to endure his last night on earth in his little sleeper compartment.

I did worry that as the novel progressed I would be dragged into a pit of despair but thankfully there’s lots of moments of levity that lighten the overall tone. For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password.

The end of the book doesn't acknowledge the people who helped him, even his friend who is with him after he doesn't kill himself. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). The novel’s concept itself is brilliant, and while, in some ways, I want to know more about some of the other people who get the message, I think it works well just focusing on a handful, so we don’t get overwhelmed and lose focus. It's impossible not to root for James, lots of things have gone wrong in his life recently and none of them seem to be his fault, I found myself desperate to reach into the pages of the book and give him a hug.

It was interesting to get to know all the different characters in the book and to see the different way people deal with stressful situations. I can’t decide whether I think it’s ill-conceived, irresponsible and totally inappropriate or perhaps cathartic or helpful. It will not turn you into a blubbering mess; instead you’ll find yourself chuckling along with these characters as they account for the significant roles they’ve played in this man’s life. It’s been some time since I cried at a book, but this one packs an emotional punch that all but made it an inevitability. I was also surprised to see (in my Kindle version) the publisher had not included links to suicide support lines.

His relationship has broken down and his sister, who lives in Melbourne, hasn’t spoken to him for years after an argument turned into a grudge. I think this book did a great job of exploring how much of an impact technology can have on our relationships and the way we interact with one another. I would like to thank Harper Collins and Netgalley for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest and fair review. Contacts follows the story of James Chiltern, a middle-aged man who has decided that he will commit suicide in Edingborough, as he sits on the sleeper train to the city he sends out a message to his contacts, telling them what he is about to do but with no indication of where he is, and then puts his phone on aeroplane mode.

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