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A Map of Nowhere [Kindle Edition]

Martin Bannister
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A touching, memorable book that makes us look at human secrets and realise that they reveal as much as they hide. Oh, and it's funny too. --Miranda Sawyer, Journalist and Broadcaster

Electro-shock prose that broods with the human need for introspection and the futile fight against it... This is a debut that will beat up your heart. --David Whitehouse, award-winning author of Bed

Sharp, moving and beautifully controlled. --Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine and Wild Abandon

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David Price always wished life would blow up in his face. And then it did. His mother died. The urge to paint left him. Then Sarah came his way, followed by Pete, a psychiatric outpatient. Now David spends his time worrying about Sarah's eating habits, visiting her terminally ill sister and working as Pete's carer.
When Pete's odd behaviour starts to leave David fearing for his own safety, he is shocked to discover that Sarah knows the reason why but will not disclose it. What is about to happen will change everything.
Funny, moving, compelling and wholly original, A Map of Nowhere leaves us wondering just how well it's possible to know others and, indeed, ourselves.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press (1 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BU2NGRQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Martin Bannister was born in Wigan. He studied painting but moved over to writing fiction after completing the MA in creative writing at UEA. He has taught creative writing in Wandsworth Prison and graffiti to teenagers who have been excluded from mainstream education. His debut novel A Map of Nowhere was written after a period of employment as a support worker for people with mental health problems. He is currently working on a collection of short stories.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read 11 July 2013
By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a very unusual read. The main character is David, an artist and part time support worker for Pete, a psychiatric out patient. It is not an easy book to review without giving away anything of the storyline, except to say that once David meets Pete strange things start to happen and it becomes clear that all is not as straightforward as it should be in their relationship. Then again, it all soon becomes apparent that not all is as it should be in his relationship with his girlfriend Sarah either. It is a story in which everyone seems to be keeping secrets from each other.

I really wasn't struck on Sarah at all, there didn't seem to be anything appealing about her and in fact she turns out to be a bit of a schemer in the book. There just didn't seem to be that spark of chemistry between them, and they were more like flatmates than boyfriend and girlfriend. There is quite a side story involving Sarah and her sister Clare and I did feel that maybe this was going off on something of a tangent a bit, although admittedly it was good reading. It just didn't seem to add anything to the main story of the complex relationship that builds up between David and Pete. I felt as if I wanted to know what the effects would be on David's relationship with his father, but that seemed to be dealt with in a very rushed way, to be honest. I have to say I did guess the hook of the book some way in, but only a short time before it was revealed anyway.

There were a few editing issues, most noticeably the words flash and flashing always seemed to come out as fash and fashing, so maybe another proof read would be beneficial?

On the whole though, it is a good story, but just not quite hitting the mark for me although I have to say I absolutely loved the first third of the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and intriguing. A real page turner. 25 Jun 2013
By sinope
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I was hooked from the start by the voice of the narrator, David Price. He is an artist by trade, making a living by selling his work, but his life takes on new meaning when his girlfriend talks him into taking on a part-time job as a mental health support worker. David enjoys this new challenge, and feels that he is getting along well with Pete, the man he is assigned to support. The story then begins to twist and turn, sometimes mysterious, sometimes on the edge of sinister, as David begins to realise that the strings of his life are being pulled in ways he can't quite fathom. Compelling to the end... a really good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and moving 20 Jan 2014
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The author's empathy and connection with the subject matter shines through at all times. It's a compelling story and intriguing glimpse into a world of which I had very little knowledge - but by the end I felt i had a better understanding of it, or at least a notion of the challenges people face.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Map of Nowhere 31 Mar 2014
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I really enjoyed this book and for the most part it was an easy read. It's about things that were, things that are and things that might have been. The characters worked well and the observations of human nature and its frailties were very good. It is a powerful story of lives and deaths in which it could be said that very little actually happens however don't let that put you off. If family lives and mental health issues interest you I'd be surprised if you didn't get something out of this narrative. I confess the twist in the middle did surprise me (pleasantly) and made the tale even more interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story that stays with you 30 July 2013
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I rarely find a book that I literally can't put down but this was certainly the case with 'A Map Of Nowhere' The books main character David is a slightly flawed and unlikely hero who intrigued me from the first chapter and kept me turning the pages to find out more about him.
Bannister's dialogue is punchy and authentic and the plot is allowed to develop in an organic way which seems lacking in many modern novels.
I highly recommend 'A Map Of Nowhere' it's certainly one of the best novels I've read this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel 5 Mar 2014
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This book is not from my usual genre, but as someone who has worked in similar fields to the main character in the book, I thought I would give it a try. I am very glad I did. The characters are very well developed and there is a depth to the narrative on a number of different levels that gives it a degree of authenticity, which not only adds to the story line but keeps the reader interested throughout. Excellent read I would definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and original 4 Mar 2014
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I really enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author. Worth every penny, sad ending and all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a map of nowhere 1 Mar 2014
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A beautiful and very unusual read. When I started reading it, I realised how tired I was of the books written by a template, how refreshing it was to read a book written by someone who had thoughts and a story and he just wrote it. The book is very unusual but so easy to read, it has a very subtle humour and short enough not to get bored.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending
Enjoyed this but was disappointed by the ending. Can't comment on that further without giving it away, but it seemed to go through the motions and peter out (excuse the pun! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Soupdragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and original
A compulsive read and moving story. Originally written, with an intriguing plot that provides a touching portrayal into the complexities of mental illness. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss CV Riley
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but did I understand it?
This book flows really nicely, has interesting description and even subtle humour. I was enjoying it throughout but maybe it's just me that feels I'm missing something at the end? Read more
Published 6 months ago by Samuel nigh
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written book
This book is crafted, beautiful and completely absorbing. But the thing that catches my breath is how incredibly insightful it is. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars A really excellent read
This is a beautiful novel written in unfussy prose that's never showy or tricksy, simply drawing you in, closer and closer. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Wine Rack
5.0 out of 5 stars a map of nowhere
A compelling and utterly moving story.It gives some insight to the problems of living with mental illness where the person has more complex problems than we often read and hear... Read more
Published 8 months ago by jeanpean
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I wasn't sure whether or not to stick with the book after the first few pages but I am so pleased I did. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ric Wickes
3.0 out of 5 stars good start disappointing end
I enjoyed the book but felt the ending could have been stronger. Would recommed at the reduced kindle prcie but not buy at full price
Published 9 months ago by Rachel Newbery
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