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Bullet Points [Paperback]

Mark Watson
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3 Feb 2005

Psychologist Peter Kristal has a method for sorting out people's lives. By arranging their histories like the index entries in a biography, the sequences of cause and effect that have led to their particular neuroses are cunningly revealed. His technique gains him a modicum of success: a thriving practice in Chicago with a client list of thriving stars.

But by concentrating on his rival Richard he is blind to the other factors which put both his life and the lives of others at risk...

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (3 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099460858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099460855
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"He's a fledgling Nabokov for the era of Big Brother" (Independent)

"Bullet Points is unnervingly accomplished. Expect to hear plenty more about him" (Observer)

"This is an extremely well plotted novel with a surprisingly twist in the tale and augurs great things for the future" (The Times)

"Fresh and imaginative... with wonderful flashes of humour. This is a clever and unusual book, and Watson is to be commended" (Independent)

"Bullet Points is a fluent performance, an extremely competent first novel" (Times Literary Supplement)

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'Woody Allen and William Boyd have had a bastard love-child and his name is Mark Watson' - Stephen Fry

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Enjoyable 9 Sep 2005
By Sweary
How refreshing! A genuinely multi-talented author! Comic commitments or not, I certainly hope to read more from Watson.
Bullet Points is very well written, surprising in the solemnity of the tone, and the humour is sparse. Don't believe the outside blurb; in no way could you call this a comedy novel, even one darkly humoured. This does not detract from the story, however. Our narrator remains a sincere, engaging character; his honesty (although we learn later he may not be as honest with himself as he thought) is a very likeable trait, and even when he behaves badly we cannot lose sympathy for him.
For a debut, this is alarmingly confident, restrained, well plotted. It reminds me of Tobias Wolff's work... no small praise indeed! If there is only one gripe I have, it's that the epilogue, although gripping (like a horrible car accident), is something I didn't see coming. At all. The final revelations should, perhaps, have been backed up by small clues in the re-reading of the novel, but there aren't any. Not to worry. It's still a powerful ending, and this novel is powerful stuff. Sombre, often horrifying, with a heavy tone, I highly recommend Bullet Points, but not as light reading as one might expect from an energetic young comic such as Watson.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A total surprise 10 Feb 2004
By A Customer
I bought this book because I had seen Mark Watson do stand-up comedy and was expecting more of the same sort of thing. Although the novel is very funny in parts, it's not at all the sort of thing you would expect a comedian to write. It's a dark, pretty tragic tale, and Watson does a very good job of capturing the thoughts of a middle-aged, disillusioned man. A really good tragicomedy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight, taught and clever 3 Dec 2006
By Vinny
Watson has a refreshingly steady voice for a comedian. The prose doesn't pump and fizz as youmight expect from a stand-up comedian, rather it has a steady tension as the face of the unreliable narrator is revealed. For a first novel, it is also bold, both with characters far removed from those usually handled by young authors, and psychologically (the subject matter). Read this...you wont regret it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I purchased this book off the back of all the good reviews it has got, and as rarely happens in this case, it did not disappoint!
The reader can instantly relate to Peter (the narrator) and the relationship built between him and the reader as the novel progresses is a fascinating one. Essentially, he talks the reader through his childhood (briefly) and his subsequent life, pinpointing certain cases in his career. The ending is a shocker, but it is not wholly unexpected as any other ending would have been totally wrong for the characterisation of Peter. By ending the novel with a note from Richard, Watson leaves the reader questioning who was correct - the narrator who we have trusted throughout the book, or his friend who outshone him at every opportunity.
If I had read this without knowing the author, I would never have guessed it was a (then) 23 year old comedian! It is a hundred times more accomplished than most could ever hope for, let alone in a first book!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Promising Writer 8 Feb 2004
By A Customer
For once I think the hype given to a 'next big thing' author might be justified. This is a really unusual, clever book with a brilliantly constructed plot and a load of highly original ideas - the chapter about the songwriter is superb in particular. It's not perfect, but the 23-year-old writer is obviously a real name for the future. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mad 2 Jan 2014
By denz
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A good book, but then the author is a very funny man, totally believable and well written, a very different book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one! 23 Dec 2013
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Another great mark Watson book. All of his books seem completely different to me and this one has a unique format. Like it.
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