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Frank has been in a car accident*. The doctor tells him he lost his spleen, but Frank believes he has lost more. He is missing memories - of those around him, of the history they share and of how he came to be in the crash. All he remembers is that he is a lawyer who specialises in small print**.
In the wake of the accident Frank begins to piece together his former life - and his former self. But the picture that emerges, of his marriage, his family and the career he has devoted years to, is not necessarily a pretty one. Could it be that the terms and conditions by which Frank has been living are not entirely in his favour***?
In the process of unravelling the knots into which his life has been tied, he learns that the devil really does live in the detail and that it's never too late to rewrite your own destiny.
*apparently quite a serious one
**words that no one ever reads
*** and perhaps never have been
Read Caroline Baum's Review
Do you read the fine print? No, thought not. No one does. Well here's a hilariously sharp satire - a modern day cautionary tale - about what happens when the fine print comes into focus with unforeseen consequences. After his car accident, Frank remembers nothing except that he is a lawyer who specialises in contractual fine print. He does not recognise his briskly efficient and ambitious wife Alice and he's not sure about his brother Oscar's decision to take the family business into partnership with an arms manufacturer. Footnoted with fine print observations and asides, this is a clever, sure-footed debut, an absurdist romp about second chances that will remind readers the devil is in the detail. Booktopia's John Purcell loves this book and has raved about it on the blog. So to echo his sentiment I could just have saved myself the trouble and written: what he said.)
About the Author
Robert Glancy was born in Zambia and raised in Malawi. At fourteen he moved from Africa to Edinburgh then went on to study history at Cambridge. He currently lives in New Zealand with his wife and children.
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Comments about Terms & Conditions:
After reading The Book Thief I wanted something fun, light but engaging. This didn't disappoint. I've never understood why people read books a second time - until now. Switch the TV off, put the kettle on, get under the doona and enjoy this magnificent read. Loved it and have recommended to all my girlfriends. P.S....recommend listening to Nigel Kenney's latest CD for some light background music and you've got yourself a perfect night in :)
Comments about Terms & Conditions:
I felt this was a long drawn out story about nothing new. Perhaps not my genre to start with, but I found little entertainment or humour in it. Just a lot of wording which seemed more about bulking out the book than anything else.
This tale of a lawyer losing his grip on reality is original, very funny and very poignant. Read it! Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen It's wonderful. Funny, poignant, simple and profound - it's the kind of book I absolutely love. And it has the best ending I've read in a very long time Gavin Extence, author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods This great debut feels fresh and playful, and exceptionally readable (footnotes have never been so addictive). It also has stuff to say about life, too, and the importance of seeing the big picture - and the small print. Every book seems to have "funny and life-affirming" written on it but this one actually is Matt Haig, author of The Humans Deliciously cynical story Independent on Sunday Funny Irish Mail on Sunday Hilarious Sun Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measures ... It's an assured first novel; engaging, absorbing and incredibly life-affirming. Hopefully it will find the wide audience it deserves Yorkshire Post Hilarious and heartbreaking Prima
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st March 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1