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A Cure for Solitude [Kindle Edition]

David Whiteman
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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'Brilliant book by Whiteman, which is beautifully written. A truly fascinating story. Highly recommended.' --Mark 1, reviewist on Amazon

'I didn't want to put it down! Draws you into the underworld of smuggling and demonstrates the foolhardiness of the young. A stint of travelling and they believe they can take on the world! Here we see the dangers that lie within!' --Shelley Walsh

'Captivating. Prague is brought to life. I felt like I was there for a week! Great novel' --Graeme Milton

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Whilst "A Cure for Solitude" is largely set in Prague, and sells itself on being based in Prague, the shadow of London looms heavily over the whole story. The main characters Alex and Dominik may not be from London, but they meet there whilst based in the city, and are marginalised residents, wastrels of different kinds. Alex has drifted himself into a life of no fixed abode dwellings and casual acquaintances, and lacks a direction, purpose or anchor. Dominik the smuggler, on the other hand, has an unpleasant Eastern Bloc history he is trying - and patently failing - to move on from. The novel manages to effortlessly encapsulate the mindset of discontent drifters with two stories of their own to tell. Unlike many books taking on this subject, it also drifts into the world of criminal activity with a deftness of touch, stopping short of hyperbolic, inflammatory prose. This is a fascinating piece of work which doesn't disappoint, and is also enormously readable. You'll recognise Prague immediately - but you'll sense a certain sort of lonely London personality between the lines as well. Dave Bryant from the Amazon review 'A Tale of Two Cities'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3ZIR6A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #400,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Whiteman was born in the Cotswolds in 1976. He left home in 1996 to explore Eastern Europe and subsequently settled in Prague, where he lived and taught English for two years and tentatively started to write. In 1999 he moved to Sydney, from where he travelled the coast of Australia before embarking for South-East Asia. Prior to the 2008 publication of his acclaimed debut novel, A Cure for Solitude, David spent six years working as a bookseller in a number of London's independent bookshops (the world famous Foyles among them). Post publication, he spent four years in Lisbon working on his second novel, as well as writing for film and television. He is currently based in London, where he lives with his wife.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 20 Feb 2008
By Mark 1
Format:Paperback
Brilliant book by Whiteman, which is beautifully written.

A truly fascinating story. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars literally thrilled by this literary thriller 13 Mar 2008
By L.Bug
Format:Paperback
A fantastic story, with excellent changes of pace and narrative style. Fascinating characters and historical backdrop and a beautiful setting make for great escapism.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic 13 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
For a first novel, David Whiteman has hit the bullseye with this one! Allow yourself 48 hours of undisturbed reading - you won't be able to put it down...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two cities 8 July 2010
Format:Paperback
Whilst "A Cure for Solitude" is largely set in Prague, and sells itself on being based in Prague, the shadow of London looms heavily over the whole story. The main characters Alex and Dominik may not be from London, but they meet there whilst based in the city, and are marginalised residents, wastrels of different kinds. Alex has drifted himself into a life of no fixed abode dwellings and casual acquaintances, and lacks a direction, purpose or anchor. Dominik the smuggler, on the other hand, has an unpleasant Eastern Bloc history he is trying - and patently failing - to move on from.

The novel manages to effortlessly encapsulate the mindset of discontent drifters with two stories of their own to tell. Unlike many books taking on this subject, it also drifts into the world of criminal activity with a deftness of touch, stopping short of hyperbolic, inflammatory prose.

This is a fascinating piece of work which doesn't disappoint, and is also enormously readable. You'll recognise Prague immediately - but you'll sense a certain sort of lonely London personality between the lines as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Really enjoyable read, well written and interesting. Couldn't put it down once I started reading it. Was recommended by a friend and I was captured immediately.
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