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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (51 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Foulds Narrator: Colin Moody Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Saul Dawson-Smith can memorise the sequence of a shuffled deck of cards in under a minute; he can recite pi to a thousand decimal places and he remembers every conversation he's ever had. He is 10 years old. Howard McNamee is 28: lonely, overweight and poorly-educated. He lives in the north of England, far from the scene of his difficult Glasgow childhood, in the home he shared with his mother before she died. Struggling to pay his rent with a succession of menial jobs, Howard comes home each day and talks to the late Mrs McNamee, as he sits in front of the wardrobe that still contains her clothes. Through a series of unexpected events, these two solitary people find themselves forming an unlikely friendship, as Howard is taken under the wing of Saul's parents, thrust into a life in London (where he makes new friends, tries to navigate a bewildering new city, and accidentally acquires a Russian internet fiancee) and Saul prepares himself for the World Memory Championships - the event he has been training for his whole life.

But as the pressure mounts on the little boy, and his well-meaning but single-minded parents grow increasingly less able to see beyond their own ambitions for their son, Howard realises he must act to save his small friend from a life of soul-destroying competitions and unbearable expectation. The decision he reaches turns all of their lives upside-down. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rita | 9/30/2013

    " I didn't pick this book,a book club sent it to me & I was presently surprised. Very good story although the ending was very sudden. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandra Van den Bosch | 8/24/2010

    " Een mooi boek met een mooie verhaallijn. Af en toe iets te weinig diepgang, maar heb het in het Nederlands gelezen en vermoed dat de vertaling hier wel voor iets kan tussenzitten. Een aanrader om in de vakantie te lezen (maar dan in het Engels) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Max Syed-tollan | 7/1/2010

    " fairly good, but not exactly uplifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rita | 12/12/2009

    " I didn't pick this book,a book club sent it to me & I was presently surprised. Very good story although the ending was very sudden. "

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About the Author
Author Adam Foulds

Adam Foulds was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2008. He is the author of several novels and the narrative poem The Broken Word, which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the 2008 Costa Poetry Award. He lives in London.