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"On the cusp of fifty, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner, earns a good income as an IT contractor and is the music-trivia expert at quiz nights. It's the lifestyle he wanted, but something's missing. Two decades ago, on the other side of the world, his part-time piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, who'd abandoned law studies to pursue her acting dream. She gave Adam a chance to make it something more than an affair:but he didn't take it. And now he can't shake off his nostalgia for what might have been. Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously? How far will he go for a second chance?"

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781925355376
ISBN-10: 1925355373
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x 31mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: The Text Publishing Company
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Publish Date: 19-Sep-2016
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion - Reviewed by (14 Sep 2016)

The Best of Adam Sharp is the third novel by best-selling Australian author, Graeme Simsion. Adam Sharp is in his late forties when an email lands in his inbox from one Angelina Brown: “Hi”. For Adam, this one-word missive is a blast from the past. It was twenty-two years ago that Adam last saw Angelina, who was, at that time (and maybe still is?) his Great Lost Love. Adam reflects on his no-longer-passionate marriage to Claire, thinks about what might have been with Angelina, and begins to wonder if her contact is a second chance for them both.

Simsion gives the reader a classic plot with a twist or two, characters whose very human flaws prove them anything but one-dimensional, and settings that are expertly rendered. By telling his story from a male perspective, Simsion is bound to gain some male readers who would usually avoid romance; by making his protagonist a pianist, he may well attract even more.

Adam’s profession may be in IT, but his passion, courtesy of his largely absent Dad, is music: playing it, listening to it and knowing all about it. Adam’s playlist (conveniently reproduced at the end of the story or see https://open.spotify.com/user/thebestofadamsharp/playlist/52HEENZTAQaoMLiAnZLk3H) will resonate with many of the later Baby Boomer generation. The nostalgia produced may not have the same significance for the reader as it does for Adam (or Graeme), but listening is guaranteed to generate some strong feelings and memories all the same.

Simsion splits the story in two: in Part 1, the narrative switches between Adam’s life in present day Norwich and his affair with Angelina in Melbourne twenty-two years earlier; Part 2 details the events of Adam’s week in Burgundy. The former builds a strong base for a story that then begins to teeter slightly on the shaky ground of some kinky goings-on before eventually settling into a solid conclusion.

Simsion packs quite a bit into his love story: infidelity, infertility, confidence (and lack thereof), broken marriages, passion, memories, regrets, the need for approval and pub quizzes all feature. There is some clever word play (music keys, the names of imagined offspring), also quite a lot of sex, and food, and wine, and while there is humour (some of it quite dark), The Best of Adam Sharp is a departure from the style of Simsion’s Don Tillman novels: this author clearly has more than one string to his bow. A thought-provoking and entertaining read. 5 stars


Author Biography - Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion Graeme Simsion was born in Auckland and is a Melbourne-based writer of novels, short stories, plays, screenplays and two non-fiction books. The Rosie Project began life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel. It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold around the world to over forty countries. Sony Pictures have optioned the film rights with Graeme contracted to write the script. The Rosie Project won the 2014 ABIA for Best General Fiction Book, and was ultimately awarded Australian Book of the Year for 2014. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, was released in 2014 to great acclaim and also became a bestseller. His new book is The Best of Adam Sharp.

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