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A Map of Nowhere [Kindle Edition]

Martin Bannister
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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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

About the Author

Martin Bannister was born in Wigan. He studied fine art and has worked as an artist, graffiti muralist, teacher and support worker for people with enduring mental health problems.

Martin is a graduate of the creative writing MA at the University of East Anglia and lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 908 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,370 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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
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
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 Riveting Read! 19 July 2013
By Su
I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end! The ending however for me was sad, I started to really like Pete and felt a new re newed relationship would evolve but it was also almost fitting and fairy like the way it ended on a beach flying kites beautiful and poetic, it was sad but this book is also very funny! The way Martin writes you could hear the way he thinks and speaks and writes I can almost hear his voice talking the parts and that to me is a sign of a real writer. What I loved about this book is knowing the place names and spotting places in my local area made this book even more special for me! It felt contemporary real true to life and this made the book really come alive! I think more people should read this book because it is both touching and complex, revealing and at the same time touches on universal values about family and betrayal. I just can't believe we've waited so long to read this book it should have come out sooner and I'm glad it's finally published! Well done and congratulations! This is my kind of book someone that I feel has experienced and understands the true complex nature of life and humans and an honest account. It was also interesting and inspiring for me to read another writer write and the way we see things individually. I love the way it was set out in I, II and III sections. The very simple drawings at the front and end of the book I loved, simple and very compelling at the same time with the titles. I almost felt Pete and David were almost one person towards the end of the book. I look forward to the next book! Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Took a while to get into the plot but enjoyed it in the end
Published 6 months ago by Missy1232
5.0 out of 5 stars Mapping out life
'A Map of Nowhere' is a book about the messy human condition. It managed to treat hard issues such as cancer, anorexia and the taboo of giving up a child with sensitivity and dry... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jane Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel
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. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Allan Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and original
I really enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author. Worth every penny, sad ending and all.
Published 18 months ago by Jude Faulkner
4.0 out of 5 stars a map of nowhere
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... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tatyana Cornell
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 18 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 18 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 20 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 20 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
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