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Small World

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Friends, family, workmates. The woman you see at the bus stop every morning; the man who reaches for the last newspaper just before you get to it. Everyone you meet, and some you nearly meet, will have an impact on the way your day goes. Small World is the story of a group of men and women, living and working in a city, who are connected through love, work, friendship, or simply by virtue of proximity. We connect with the hearts and minds of characters including an all-coping housewife, a stressed out working mother, a put-upon nanny, a long-suffering journalist, an Indian waiter who dreams of stardom, a grieving shop assistant, a stand-up comic and a psychotic policeman - all of whom speak directly to us about their innermost thoughts, fears and desires in a series of interwoven first-person narratives.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 27mm | 283g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552774561
  • 9780552774567
  • 331,554

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"A page-turner and a triumph...this book makes Beaumont's position as one of Britain's best comedy writers more permanent" * Daily Express * "An involving drama with an unexpectedly dramatic climax...this has an ingeniously constructed plot and real emotional heft" * Daily Telegraph * "An extraordinary novel...as the compelling stories unfold, we are party to every thought and dream. It's like unravelling mysteries behind the faces you see every day on your journey to work...intriguing and compelling." * Heat * "A feelgood novel about circumstance and chance encounter" * Daily Mirror * "Beaumont has spread his wings with Small World, ditching the out and out comedy for some sharp social analysis, but retaining his knack for a witty, punchy story" * Metro *show more

About Matt Beaumont

Matt Beaumont drives a black BMW 728i, which gives him a carbon footprint slightly bigger than an extra-big clown shoe. He's trying to sell his Saab 9-3 (convertible, S reg, full service history, low mileage, excellent condition - OK, a few weeny parking scuffs). If you're interested, you should get in touch with him via his website: www.LetsTalkAboutMe.comshow more

Back cover copy

'This excellent and thought-provoking novel explores how the lives of ordinary people can be connected in extraordinary ways' Closer Small World is the story of Ali, who is trying and failing to have a baby with Paul, and who is being stalked by Marco, who employs a babysitter called Jenka who wants a nose like Charlize Theron and who also babysits for Siobhan, who is married to Dom, a stand-up comic, who is idolised by Jaz, an Indian waiter, who is almost knocked off his moped by Keith, a sociopathic policeman, who lives with Pam who works for Kate, who has a nanny called Christie who inadvertently feeds ecstasy to three-year-old Cameron who is looked after by a nurse called Marcia, whose son Carlton is accused of murdering Kerry, who is best friends with Michele who works for Ali, who is trying and failing to have a baby with Paul... 'Beaumont's characters strike gold...a page-turner and a triumph' Daily Express 'Rich and often extremely funny' The Timesshow more

Review Text

"Beaumont has spread his wings with Small World, ditching the out and out comedy for some sharp social analysis, but retaining his knack for a witty, punchy story"show more

Rating details

154 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 14% (22)
4 39% (60)
3 36% (55)
2 8% (12)
1 3% (5)
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