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Steve Ellis is rather bored with his life. His job is unexciting, he hasn't had a girlfriend in years, and now his bedroom ceiling is caving in. Then he meets a man in a pub who asks him about his perfect woman. Of course, Steve thinks this is all a joke and describes his fantasy right down to the very last, and very idiosyncratic detail including her name - Cherry. So when Cherry not only appears, but fulfils Steve every desire and whim, Steve is confused, taken aback, but also deliriously happy. But such happiness comes with a price. When you meet a man in a bar and he arranges for you to fall in love there's bound to be some strings attached. Some people will do anything for love ...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 127 x 197 x 15mm | 198g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753819147
  • 9780753819142

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'There is more than a whiff of Stepford Wives about Thorne's creepy little tale...The author's spare, matter-of-fact style... is well suited to this depiction of self-abnegation and delusion.' TIMES (17.9.05) 'A sinister Borgesian game uncoils whose denouement is cleverly obscured until the final pages.' OBSERVER 'The novel unexpectedly develops into a kind of paranoid thriller, as Steve finds out what he's capable of doing for love. Its open ending and Thorne's dispassionate prose allow you to read it as either a simple morality tale...or, more rewardingly, a study in sexual obsession and paranoid delusion.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY (25.9.05) 'This tale of a teacher whose love life takes a surreal turn when he meets an old man is dark and addictive.' HEAT (1-7 October) **** 'The perils of sexual fantasy furnish Matt Thorne with the theme for this satire-cum-thriller.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (9.10.05) 'There are impressive touches, and Thorne is very good on peculiarly male characteristics and interests: boredom, sex, sleep and emotional detachment.' -- Jerome de Groot GUARDIAN (15.10.05) 'Thorne's smartly written novel has fun with a full complement of modern anxieties about relationships and sex.' INDEPENDENT (28.10.05)
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About Matt Thorne

Matt Thorne lives with his wife in Stoke Newington. He is a full-time writer and book reviewer.
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70 ratings
3.08 out of 5 stars
5 9% (6)
4 27% (19)
3 37% (26)
2 19% (13)
1 9% (6)
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