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Cupid's Dart

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Alan and Ange are on a train, heading for London. Alan is a philosophy lecturer, still a virgin at fifty-five; Ange a twenty-something, horoscope reading, darts groupie. They certainly don't expect their first casual meeting to lead to anything, but it does. Seizing the day, as they pull into Euston station, Alan asks Ange out to dinner and so begins the unlikeliest of liaisons. As they get to know each other, they are initiated into each other's worlds.From the claustrophobic confines of an Oxford College to the heady excitement of a big dart's match; from Liebfraumilch to Wittgenstein and everything in between. They even travel to Rome seeing many wonderful things as Alan learns to live for the moment and Ange to appreciate the finer things in life. But can they survive their differences in age and background? Are Alan's feelings the stuff of obsession and infatuation or is this true love? And what sort of philosopher is he if he cannot define and understand love? Told through the voice of Alan, this touching and hilarious story is much more than a tale about an unlikely couple. Ultimately, it is a story about the nature of love.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 22mm | 140.61g
  • Cornerstone
  • ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 009946912X
  • 9780099469124
  • 611,090

About David Nobbs

David Nobbs was born in Kent. After university, he entered the army, then tried his hand at journalism and advertising before becoming a writer. A distinguished novelist and comedy writer best known for The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, David Nobbs was acknowledged by his peers as a comic genius. He died in August 2015.show more

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"No-one does truthful and touching and very funny as well as David Nobbs. Cupid's Dart is a lovely book" Michael Palin "David Nobbs is the P.G.Wodehouse of the middle classes ... deliciously funny" Daily Express "David Nobbs is a genius ... The detail is perfect" Word "A real gem" Woman "Fascinating and extremely funny" Darts Worldshow more

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"A real gem"show more

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Alan Calcutt is a philosopher who has never fulfilled his promise. He teaches at Oxford and is still a virgin at fifty-five. Ange is a twenty-four-year-old Essex girl, who describes herself as a darts groupie. Neither of them expects that their first casual meeting on a train will lead to anything, but it does. Alan takes Ange to Rome to show her the great excitement to be found in art. She takes him to the World Darts Championships to show him the great excitement to be found in darts. She opens Alan's heart to emotions that he never dreamt of. He gives her stimuli she could never have found in Gallows Corner. But can they survive their differences in age and background? Are Alan's feelings the stuff of obsession and infatuation or is this true love? And what sort of a philosopher is he if he cannot define and understand love? 'David Nobbs is the P.G.Wodehouse of the middle classes ... deliciously funny' Daily Express 'David Nobbs is a genius ... The detail is perfect' Word 'A real gem' Woman 'Fascinating and extremely funny' Darts World Fiction 9780099469124 £7.99 www.rbooks.co,ukshow more

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65 ratings
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4 35% (23)
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2 12% (8)
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