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27 (Twenty-Seven): Six Friends, One Year [Kindle Edition]

R J Heald
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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“The characters are sharply observed and as I read, I quickly came to feel they were my friends too… All along we feel we are in the hands of an accomplished storyteller, and of course there is a satisfying climax.”

"Well written and interesting...this was great and I wanted to read more." - Amazon Breakthrough Novel Expert Reviewer

“This is a fantastic read for the summer holidays. A genuinely lovely warm surprising story. I loved the characters and felt part of their journey. Can highly recommend.”

“An enjoyable read for a generation who are obsessed with how others perceive them and who measure success in terms of job titles and relationship statuses.”

“27 is one of those books that you really want to finish so that you can find out what's happened but on the other hand, you want it to carry on so that you can stay with the characters that little bit longer!”

“The characters are realistic, their dramas riveting and the writing profoundly charming as Ruth Heald expertly takes you through a
tumultuous year-long journey through the lives of the modern day
twenty-something.

Product Description

Your 27th year is a turning point.
Kurt Cobain. Amy Winehouse. Janis Joplin.
They died at 27.

Six friends reunite in London. From the outside their lives are enviable; from the new father, to the rich entrepreneur to the carefree traveller. But underneath their facades they are starting to unravel. Dave is made redundant, Renee’s marriage is crumbling and Katie is forced to return home to her parents after six years abroad. In a world fuelled by social media and ravaged by recession, the friends must face up to the choices they must make to lead the lives they truly want to live.


AWARDS AND PRIZES:

Winner, Next Big Author Competition, 2011
Quarter-Finalist, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, 2012

REVIEWS:

“This is a fantastic read for the summer holidays. A genuinely lovely warm surprising story. I loved the characters and felt part of their journey. Can highly recommend.”

“An enjoyable read for a generation who are obsessed with how others perceive them and who measure success in terms of job titles and relationship statuses.”

“27 is one of those books that you really want to finish so that you can find out what's happened but on the other hand, you want it to carry on so that you can stay with the characters that little bit longer”

“The characters are realistic, their dramas riveting and the writing profoundly charming as R J Heald expertly takes you through a tumultuous year-long journey through the lives of the modern day twenty-something."

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 485 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Dancing Parrot Press (3 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NUMUK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

R.J. Heald (Ruth Heald) is the author of "27," the story of six friends aged 27 who reunite in London. On the surface they lead enviable lives, but underneath their facades they are falling apart. "27″ was selected as a Quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Ruth was a winner of the Next Big Author Competition in September 2011 and was short-listed for the Brit Writers Awards in 2010. She spoke at the Bangkok Literature Festival in 2011 and is a BT Storyteller for the 2012 Olympics.

In her spare time, Ruth runs Five Stop Story (www.fivestopstory.com), a digital publisher of short stories, which connects up-and-coming writers with new readers, through its iPhone and iPad app and its Kindle book.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 29 July 2012
By Bex
Format:Kindle Edition
27 is a gripping page-turner that tells the story of six friends all in their twenty-seventh year. It's an authentic account of life in a social media driven age where the characters are all coming to a major crossroads in their lives. The choices the friends have to make are not all easy and some dark plotlines interweave with more light-hearted events through their journey.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 31 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In her back-cover blurb for this novel, the author tells us about some famous people who achieved a lot at a young age only to sadly (and curiously) all die at age 27. Some might say there is something metaphysical about this. I, however, believe (and this book backs me up) that what happens at this age is a lot easier to explain. We breeze through our teens thinking we are invincible. Then when you hit twenty you begin to realise that you might have to do something to actually make yourself invincible. Yet at this point there is still no need to worry, because you still have some options, you just have to pick one and make it happen. But by 27 you are officially referred to as being in your late twenties. And if things are not happening, you are late. They may never happen. You are facing a life crisis; not teenage, not mid-life... this is the big one.

Renee is twenty-seven and has everything she worked hard for in her early years both professionally and personally. We meet her in the opening chapters browsing through Facebook to catch up on the lives of her old friends from college. She somehow comes to the conclusion that they all seem happier than she is, yet she can't recall any one of them ever working as hard as she did for it. The flowers look a lot rosier on the other side. But it's not until she organises a re-union of six of these old friends that she begins to see the prickly thorns underneath each and every one of them. Together, these vividly drawn characters sum up the issues that face us people of around this crucial age today.

The characters are realistic, their dramas riveting and the writing profoundly charming as Ruth Heald expertly takes you through a tumultuous year-long journey through the lives of the modern day twenty-something.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a read 29 July 2012
By Emily A
Format:Kindle Edition
27 takes an honest look at how social networking has influenced our interaction with others, and in particular, explores the perception that everyone elses life is more interesting or successful based on a few photos or status updates.

Inevitably, the central characters discover that although their own post-university lives may not be as they had envisaged, those close to them suffer from the same affliction. The successful businesswoman has neglected her personal relationships, the organised family man relies on something extra to make it through the day and the wandering traveler continues to run away from the truth even when back on home soil.

The characters are recogniseable which makes it easy for the reader to sympathise with their situations and when you think their intertwining stories may become predictable, plot twists provide enough change of direction whilst remaining believable.

An enjoyable read for a generation who are obsessed with how others perceive them and and who measure success in terms of job titles and relationship statuses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read for 20-somethings 12 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There was something very One Day about 27. A sort of everyday so far has come to this inevitability. Kind of the same predictability too, but because there were lots of different stories I didn't mind that so much. Or maybe just because I had expected less from 27- One Day was so popular I expected to really like it. I did think I would like 27 but I wasn't eager for it in the same way.

I knew 27 would be an easy read, and I wasn't really expecting something...substantial..., it's part of the reason I picked it in fact because I've been having a bit of trouble getting into books recently and I wanted something that would be easy.

Actually I enjoyed it more than I had anticipated. I think actually I am just about at the right stage in my life to read it, I identified quite well with some of the characters, and I think a lot of people my age would. It's true that there are a lot of weddings and babies on my facebook feed now. You can't helping thinking that everyone else is getting on with their lives while you're living with your parents in a job you could have got without going to uni. Of course I have lots of friends in the same position but facebook doesn't really show that does it?

I suppose that's what I liked about 27 really. It was a kind of comparison of facebook life and real life, I man you don't put your bad moments on facebook really, not in the same way anyway. Sam's story I found particularly good at showing this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book! 1 Aug 2012
By Denise
Format:Kindle Edition
27 tells the story of how 6 university friends reconnect after a few years of living their own lives. It is told through the different characters Renee, Katie, Sam, James, Dave and Steve who were so brilliantly written that they felt like they were my friends and I found myself really caring what happened to them!

27 is one of those books that you really want to finish so that you can find out what's happened but on the other hand, you want it to carry on so that you can stay with the characters that little bit longer!

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I've just read 27 and I really liked it. There are twists and turns
I've just read 27 and I really liked it. There are twists and turns, people you think you get turn out not what you expect and it keeps the pace moving. Definitely worth a read.
Published 1 month ago by C Reeby
2.0 out of 5 stars An easy holiday read
An easy holiday read. Mildly interesting but no major plot lines. Many of the characters were two dimensional. Overall, I wouldn't recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Hannah
1.0 out of 5 stars 27 Six Friends one year
Utter tedious rubbish. Chick lit of the worst dreary banality. I only bought it because she was at Merton and it was a complete waste of money
Published 1 month ago by michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant Combined Stories
27 (Twenty-Seven): Six Friends, One Year by R. J. Heald is a contemporary novel that follows a year in the intertwined lives of six college friends. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lita Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow burning story with substance and depth
"27 (Twenty-Seven): Six Friends, One Year" by R.J. Heald is a well constructed and rounded story about six friends and their lives during exactly one year. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ChristophFischerBooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and thought-provoking
I was immediately attracted to the title as I'm a fan of so much of the music of the '27 club'. This book isn't about Hendrix and the like, but about a group of uni classmates,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda Carol
3.0 out of 5 stars Well Written but a little boring
I was very kindly sent a copy of this via the GoodReads First Read Scheme, in return for an honest review (it can also be seen on my Blog Post #403 in December 2013). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Toodles Book Club
3.0 out of 5 stars alright read
Follows the story of 6 friends and how their lives have turned out! Quite a simple story, basic tale! Ok for a free download!
Published 8 months ago by Ausbella174
5.0 out of 5 stars "Big Chill" for a New Millennium
This debut novel by British author R.J. Heald starts with an interesting premise - A group of university "mates" reconnect in their late twenties; some of them seem to have it all... Read more
Published 8 months ago by BrainyBlonde
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE DOESN'T ALWAYS TURN OUT THE WAY YOU THINK IT'S GOING TO
This is a really good book that I highly recommend to everyone. Each of the six protagonists deals with life issues that threaten their youthful innocent views on what their lives... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dianne Harman
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