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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction) (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091919029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091919023
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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'.

www.dannywallace.com

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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)

"We loved this funny romance with a twist" (Closer)

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The hotly anticipated debut novel from Danny Wallace, one of the best comedy writers of his generation. This is a heartwarming, everyday tale of boy stalks girl…

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Wright VINE VOICE on 25 May 2012
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A thirty something man assists a thirty something woman into a taxi in Charlotte Street, London. The woman is laden down with shopping bags and is somewhat flustered trying to cram all her possessions into the cab. Inadvertently a disposble camera gets left behind as she is driven off. Does the man, who is immediately smitten by her a) make an attempt to return the camera via a supervisor for the black cabs or b)dispose of the camera in the belief that the owner will probably not miss it or c) have the film developed himself and work out the true owner's story and identity from the photographs?
So begins one of the funniest, most erudite and un-put-down-able books I have read in a long time. In its four hundred plus pages Danny Wallace has penned not just one of the more immoral of moral mazes but has also painted a landscape of London that could tempt virtually anyone into the capital. Perhaps Boris Johnson could use his talents for some tourist PR.
Wallace's cast of characters are finely detailed and uncompromisingly lifelike from Jason, the narrator, ex teacher but current freelance journalist through Dev, his best friend and owner of possibly the quirkiest second hand video game shop in literary fiction to Sarah, Jason's ex and her awkward fiance Gary and the mysterious woman in the taxi whose identity is slowly and carefully revealed. Danny Wallace is without doubt one of Britain's wittiest and most profound topical writers. His previous books were widely acclaimed and his weekly column in Short List is a rare ray of sunshine among the grey clouds of this otherwise averagely written magazine. His brand of disturbingly accurate observational humour is just the remedy for the most forgettable of days and Charlotte Street is crammed full of it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DebB VINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 May 2012
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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 By Michael Heppell on 9 May 2012
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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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