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Back to Reality: A Novel Kindle Edition
|Length: 389 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Praise for Back to Reality
"Heartwarming, inventive, and funny. Like if Nick Hornby wrote a time travel, body swap adventure!"--New York Times bestselling author Mimi Strong
"Written with an authentic touch and plenty of good humour. A tough book to put down."--Mark Dawson, USA Today bestselling author of the million-selling John Milton series
"I LOVE IT! It's Back to the Future meets Freaky Friday."--#1 Kindle bestselling author of Hot Mess, Lucy Vine
"Everything the world loves about British comedy. For those who wished Simon Pegg wrote novels, you now have the Two Marks."--USA Today bestselling author Shannon Mayer
"Crackles with all the addictive energy of a pop hit, and the heart of a soul classic."--Samantha King, bestselling author of The Choice
"Like a book version of Hot Tub Time Machine with fabulous female characters and great music."--Kate Harrison, author of the bestselling 5:2 series
"If you love time travel and rock and roll, you'll love this book!"--Julie Cohen, author of Together
"Sliding Doors meets Back to the Future in a story to make you sing with joy."--Karen Ball, Speckled Pen
"A magnificent book! Loved every page. Beautifully written."--Callan McAuliffe, actor The Walking Dead
The novel from the Bestseller Experiment podcast.
About the Author
Mark Desvaux writes fiction as Mark Oliver. He also authors inspirational non-fiction and online courses, and is a professional speaker in the fields of self-development and spiritual growth. He is chairman and co-founder of the charity Foodshare. As a bestselling recording artist (Urban Myth Club), Mark's two critically-acclaimed albums have led to appearances at festivals such as Glastonbury (which he tries to mention on every podcast). He lives on Vancouver Island with his family, surrounded by the beautiful mountains and seas, with chickens, bees and very tall trees. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B076GD5F6H
- Publisher : Bestseller Experiment (13 October 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 3065 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 389 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 234,024 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from Australia
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Definitely aimed for the chick-lit genre. Funny would, to me, be a little bit of an exaggeration. I don't deny it was amusing in places.
Still, I'd recommend.
The chapters are short, colourful, and there’s not a boring moment. It was easy to keep up with the fast pace thanks to the cast of eccentric (but still real) personalities who keep the plot moving, helping (or hurting) Jo’s quest to get back to reality (hey, that’s the name of the book!)
The nicest thing I can say about this book is that it’s absolutely easy to pick up where you left off with a minimum of fuss. The plot is light, but engaging, and the characters strong enough to drag you back into the story in just a few funny lines.
I read an advance review copy of this book, and was happy I did.
Top reviews from other countries
The characters are well developed, in part because having, in effect, two shots at them - as they are now and as they might have been once (or as they might be now and as they once were) - gives them a whole other dimension. The music scene, past and present, is vividly evoked. As a music nerd, I could have done with more detail. Just which Tom Petty, Eagles and Beach Boys songs saved Jo‘s life? We should be told. Suggestions on a postcard, please.
Contrasts between now and the Nineties are deftly handled – through the music and fashions, of course, and the technology. Moving from being managed to taking control as a musician is an exhilarating ride.
At one point I did wonder if the two Marks actually knew any likeable men – Jo, Yohanna and Federica in particular are so warm and vibrant, in a world of dodgy blokes. I was glad that there was more to manager Lawrie than met the eye.
Even the contents list delighted me – it has the makings of a cracking quiz.
What I particularly appreciate is the way the writers differentiate between the two main characters, when essentially they are the same person, albeit 20 years and a destiny apart. Being forty-hhmm years old myself, the no-crap attitude that 40-something Jo brought to Yohanna’s world definitely spoke to me.
For those who follow the podcast there is the additional game of spotting the running gags and name drops.
Overall, the action is constant and vibrant, with many snorting with laughter moments. Great read.
It is with an enormous sense of relief and a palpable injection of excitement that I can happily give this tremendous book a solid gold five stars. A book should take you on a journey and continue to surprise you along the way. Back to Reality does that and so much more. I miss the characters so much I think I’ll start reading it again! Well done guys. You did it.
Essentially it's a mix of every body swap comedy movie combined with a overt dash of Back to the Future that deftly blends a barmy but brilliant plot with some touching moments of drama and the odd, pleasurably crude belly laugh.
As a 90s child, I was inexorably drawn to the scenes set in the era of flannel shirts - where fame relied more on talent than social media exposure - but the modern day chapters offer an entertaining protrayal of the secret lives and dreams hidden behind the 21st century suburban facade. It helps that the book flits almost effortlessly between two timelines, which also keeps the story brisk and pacy.
In short, Back to Reality goes beyond its experimental origins and deserves to be a genuine bestseller.
(I received a preview copy of this book)