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Charlotte Street [Kindle Edition]

Danny Wallace
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

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Book Description

My name is Jason – and I have just met the most incredible woman, on Charlotte Street. Well, I say 'met'. I sort of held her bags for a second. But she smiled at me! And it was this amazing smile.

Of course, I don't know her name, or anything about her at all. But I do happen to have something of hers. She left behind one of those old-school disposable cameras. I’ve got it. It’s here in front of me.

So there are two things I could now do: I could develop the photos. See her again, see her life. Maybe work out a way of finding her. Find that smile. Or I could chuck it in a bin like a grown-up.

I’m fairly sure one of those ideas is a good one. I’m fairly sure the other might be illegal. Look, if you were me… what would you do?

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"Charlotte Street is charming, funny, romantic and quite adorable" (Jenny Colgan)

"My top tip for 2012's runaway success, with a very clever twist on the age old story of boy meets girl" (Henry Sutton Daily Mirror)

"...[one of] this year's coolest must-reads" (Stylist)

"Full of funny observations" (Heat)

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"Danny Wallace may well have stumbled upon the future shape of spirituality... hilarious."--Daily Telegraph (London), on JOIN ME!

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1825 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091919029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091919023
  • ASIN: B007NG93P2
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Danny Wallace is a Sunday Times-bestselling author who lives in London. His first book, Join Me, was described as a 'word-of-mouth phenomenon' by The Bookseller and 'one of the funniest stories you will ever read' by the Daily Mail. His second book, Yes Man - in which he decided to say 'Yes' to everything - became a hugely successful film with Jim Carrey in the lead role.

His column in ShortList magazine reaches more than 1.3 million readers weekly. He was the PPA Columnist of the Year 2011 and the Arqiva Radio Presenter of the Year 2012 for his work as the host of the triple Sony Award-winning Xfm Breakfast Show with Danny Wallace. GQ magazine has called him: 'One of Britain's great writing talents'.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I took a while to read this; it sat on my bedside for weeks, the bookmark moving slowly through it in fits and starts as I read all sorts of other books to avoid reading it. But... I hung on in there and found myself getting interested, getting involved, and finally realising that whatever the blurb says, this is actually a book about getting through life after its kicked you rather hard, even if some of the kicking was self-administered.
It has some funny bits - I loved the "family" trip to Whitby - and some fine characterisations, but it was too slow to get going. I'll maybe read it again, now I know its worth the effort, so I'll hang on to it for a bit.
Interestingly, it's better in retrospect. Now I've got to the end I can see where it came from whereas at the start I couldn't for the life of me see where it was going - hmmm, isn't that usually the way with novels? What I think I mean is that I can understand now why the start was slow and directionless - it was reflecting Jason's life, and as he starts to get to grips with "stuff", the book tightens up and moves more purposefully.
So, in summary; funny, well drawn, with a broad range of supporting characters, but be prepared for a meandering first half.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish it was a 5 star!! 17 Jun. 2012
By Karla
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't know if I'm being fair with only 4 stars as i did really enjoy this book. However, having read all of Danny Wallace's previous books and loved them all this wasn't quite to the same laugh out loud standard. It was an easy read and easily identifiable as a Danny Wallace book through his humour, maybe I was just expecting too much having waited so long for him to write a new book. Would still recommend to friends, but would recommend 'yes man' and 'join me' over this novel. I will buy his next book but fingers crossed he returns to writing about personal adventures!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming humour with a serious side note 11 May 2012
By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Jason Priestly (no, not that one) is left standing on the corner of Charlotte Street holding a disposable camera. The Girl has left it behind but it's too late to hand it back and he doesn't know who she is. His flatmate and best mate, Dev, thinks they should get the film developed and look for clues to her identity. Jason thinks they're bordering on stalking. Yet, there's a link, a tenuous one at best, and they team up with ex-pupil, Matt, to uncover the pattern in the photos.

Jason's had a rough time of things lately. The prologue is rather dark and may leave you feeling, just for a moment, that this isn't the humorous book you were expecting. Whilst it does have its serious side, it's full of Danny's trademark, charming humour. Just like the funny parts are funny because they are grounded in reality, the characters are incredibly real and that includes their faults. Humour can often be a mask to hide behind.

It's one of those books that captures the current day of normal people like you and me. They may get a bit drunk and say stupid things on Facebook when their ex is happy and engaged. They might create fantasies out of people they bump into on the street and may never see again. Yet there's that hope that they might. They might not be all that great at their jobs but muddle through anyway. There's a hint of recession but nothing overwhelming to the plot, just enough to place it in the now.

As a photographer who has moved from film to digital, I loved the little photography metaphors. Photographs have become so less special in the digital age, yet there are still thousands who love that finite quality of a roll of film. I also love how the story of The Girl unravels through the photographs.

Danny's first foray into fiction has been a huge success.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It could be you. I loved it. 9 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading Charlotte Street I feel like I should be writing a clever humorous, witty, review. Or doing my best to sum up the plot without giving too much away. That's what reviewer's do, right? But that's not me and others have already written much better plot summaries than I could. So here's my shot at reviewing Charlotte Street.

It's totally brilliant and will be massive this summer with men and women, old and young and here's why. Danny Wallace has managed to take a brilliant basic plot and add more twists and turns than a twitsy turney thing. I almost had a little cry a few times and laughed out loud a several times, so much so at the `engagement party' bit that my wife came to find me to see if I was ok.

Danny Wallace it a great writer but what he does best is to make you identify with every character (especially the leads) because there's a bit of you in there that you wouldn't want to shout about, but need to talk about. Even when you read the most cringe worthy bits you know that you are just one drink too many or one dose of pride away from doing exactly the same thing. There but for the grace of God he isn't writing about you.

I read Charlotte Street in two days during the chilly May Bank Holiday weekend. It's made me smile and I would heartily recommend you read it.

PS Here's a worm to hold in your mind. This will be a movie and it will be huge. So when you visualise your characters try not to think of Martin Freeman as Jason Priestley or an Asian Blake Harrison as Dev - it's impossible.
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I will echo many of the other reviews here. I loved Join Me and Yes Man, but this was a big let down for me. Read more
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