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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 (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,690 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'.

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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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15 of 16 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karla on 17 Jun 2012
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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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tim Roast VINE VOICE on 2 May 2012
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I have read Danny Wallace's Yes Man and have also read lots of the columns that he writes for the Shortlist magazine, some of which have been published, but this was his first novel and I was wondering whether he could carry across his humour etc. from non-fiction into fiction. Well the answer is yes.

This book has a sense of fun running right through it. It follows Jason Priestley who is going through a bad time in his life. He inadvertently ends up with a disposable camera from a girl he fancies (with the moment happening on Charlotte Street, as do a few other moments in the book). He develops the film and uses it to try and track down the girl, but will he do it? And should stalking be encouraged anyway?

It was interesting the way Jason Priestley got into a few embarrassing scrapes along the way. This is where Danny Wallace's humour comes across best and I could just imagine him from Yes Man ending up in similar scraps. It was like he'd put himself into the shoes of Jason.

Anyway essentially this is a novel about "Making it happen", hence the attempt to track down the girl. So why don't you make it happen today and buy this book for a read which will put a big smile on your face.
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Arkgirl VINE VOICE on 5 May 2012
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As I had been amused by Danny Wallace's work before [tv, books, columns etc] I was delighted to see that he had written his first fictional novel and I wasn't disappointed. He creates a very believable, lead character in Jason and as an ex-teacher I could readily sympathise with his desire to forge a new furrow for himself after an 'incident' challenges his confidence. The story centres on a chance encounter with 'The Girl' and the desire to 'make it happen'/seize your opportunities - the journey provides plenty of humorous incidents and a puzzle that adds some great twists and turns. Although the search is crucial I found it was the long-standing friendships and relationships that are at the heart of the tale: Dev, best friend and flatmate, is an endearing gaming nut with a passion for Polish Pamela; Sophie, his ex-girlfriend, and her new partner Gary who are trying to be adult about staying friends; ex pupil Matt who makes him think more about his impact as a teacher; and boss/Uni friend Zoe supporting him with work but are there 'skeletons' about their friendship?!
Although the story is mainly told by Jason's narration it is interspersed with blog posts that are headed with Shona tribe proverbs, these add to the mystery and I loved the random nature of the proverbs. I think this is a very accomplished debut and I will look forward to more work from this talented comic writer. I would recommend it to those who have read and enjoyed Tony Parsons, Mil Millington and John O'Farrell as it similarly mixes humour, believable characters and some touching comments on relationship struggles
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