Remember to Breathe

Remember to Breathe

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"I thought I would dislike him. I wanted to dislike him, but I couldn't. Even in the depths of self-pity and self-loathing you sense Samuel Grant knows exactly what he's doing - that he's watching and judging the performance. He's blisteringly funny. I laughed myself to tears" Sue Magee, The Bookbag London at the turn of the Millennium. Samuel Grant has it all - the look, the job, the achingly cool suit - but Samuel isn't having any fun. Worse than that, he's depressed. He loathes his dream job, has grown a boil, fashioned a Walter Mitty-complex, and his perfect girlfriend has dumped him. That he drove her away only makes matters worse. Samuel admits he's hardly the worse off of London's 8 million residents, but that's hardly the point when you're busy styling the perfect pre mid-life crisis. Remember to Breathe is Bridget Jones from the other side of the gender divide. The tale of one man's search to feel like a hero, without having to do anything heroic. Samuel is "that guy", the one you'll naturally love to hate, and yet can't help forgive and love just a little - because there's a little bit of Samuel Grant in all of us.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 358.34g
  • Urbane Publications
  • Rochester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1909273007
  • 9781909273009

About Simon Pont

Simon Pont is a writer, commentator and brand-builder. He is the non-fiction author of The Better Mousetrap and Digital State. When asked, he has always wanted to say he is a spy. He has never been a spy. He is however married and has three children. Remember to Breathe is his first novel.show more

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SAMUEL GRANT IS A COMPLETE ORIGINAL Sue Magee, reviewing for The Bookbag "I thought I would dislike him. I wanted to dislike him, but I couldn't. Even in the depths of self-pity and self-loathing you sense Samuel Grant knows exactly what he's doing - that he's watching and judging the performance. He's blisteringly funny. I laughed myself to tears. Remember to Breathe is character driven rather than plot driven. You can attach all sorts of tags to it - rom-com, coming-of-age - but if you enjoy characters who come off the page and behave outrageously and a storyline that's insightful then this could well be the book for you. I do hope that there'll be a sequel." SEX, DESPAIR & THE INTERNET BOOM Daisy Buchanan, reviewing for Sabotage Times "Pont's narrative pace alternates between the breakneck giddiness of a nihilistic night out, and the sad, slow burn of healing and waiting. Sam's experiences are so well drawn and the novel's powerful sense of place, with certain parts of London described so vividly, that I can smell them - and the social history angle, which evokes the recent past in a way that is always accurate and interesting without veering towards the sentimental. The main strength of Remember to Breathe is its honesty about men, women and how they hurt each other. It's frank about the way that feminism and femininity has been politicised and masculinity marginalised as a series of trends. And Sam's advertising role gives Pont the opportunity to reflect on how lives are ruined by sloganeering - Having It All is always going to clash with Happy Ever After. It holds its own as a Generation Y coming of age title, and reminds us that no-one is immune from being derailed by extreme emotion, no matter how grown up you think you are."show more

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26 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 42% (11)
4 27% (7)
3 15% (4)
2 8% (2)
1 8% (2)
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