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East of Nowhere Paperback – 2 Sep 2004


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (2 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843542978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843542971
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,175,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Diamond stuff – hard, bright and sharp… a real pleasure to read.’ -- Daily Telegraph

‘Really funny… East of Nowhere is a great read; you turn the pages with genuine and steadily mounting amazement.’ -- Rachel Cooke, Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robert Chalmers was brought up in Manchester. His first novel, Who's Who in Hell was published by Atlantic Books. He lives in London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bad Bear on 15 Sept. 2009
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There is not a single likeable character in this book, and the main character is particularly odious, and seemingly hell-bent on self-destruction. He reacts to what could euphemistically be called "problems at home" by fleeing first to Barcelona then to Florida, encountering a succession of increasingly unpleasant characters. It's difficult to feel any sympathy for him, and if there was a love story in there somewhere (as suggested on the book's back cover) then it was so subtle that I think I missed it. It's a riveting ride, but the ending was somewhat weak and predictable. Not the best book I've read this year.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. A. Tawton on 15 July 2005
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Robert Chalmers has created a worryingly recognisable world here, where the heroes and villains are your family and the people you work with, and where the life you thought you well deserved and took for granted can, in the blink of an eye, come crashing down around your ears, leaving you staring bemusedly at the remains of a seemingly perfect existence.
The character of Edward Miller, a morally bereft hack newspaper editor, is a particularly odious 'hero' and following his demise is not wholly difficult, but the places he takes his life and the people he meets are so well crafted, and balance just on the right side of believability, to make this an engrossing read. Nothing particularly extraordinary happens here (except when he ends up in America where, seemingly, everything is extraordinary and nothing is mundane) but the relationships which build, mature then collapse are wonderful to observe.
This is a solid and entertaining piece of storytelling that will leave you looking for more of the same. In the same way DBC Pierre and James Frey have written books that are quite annoying to finish, because there's no more to read, Robert Chalmers can join that list and make you a very happy and contented reader.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By djgamera on 9 Feb. 2005
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This is an extraordinary book. It reminds me in some ways Mike Leigh's film Naked, where a character seems to freefall through a series of chance encounters. I am a fan of this kind of storytelling so was hooked from the outset. Once things start to happen, you never seem to know where the book will take you. As the book progresses, the events and characters all take on a slightly surreal tinge, which requires an element of suspension of disbelief but the author's skill in bringing characters to life means it all works superbly.
As the official Amazon synopsis hints at, there is a streak of black humour running throughout which had me laughing out loud at several points. I recommend this to anybody willing to try something a bit different.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on 20 Nov. 2006
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It seems remarkable that this Scrooge-like opus of rebirth and redemption isn't better known or publicized. And to have the American edition entitled: Fortune's Bastard? Not by the author, certainly!

East of Nowhere is, in my opinion, two books under one cover.

The flight from England (which begins on page 1 and airmail stamps) to Barcelona and inevitable ruination, possibly could have had some redeeming value and ended Edward Miller's plight right there. (Maybe if he had ducked that punch from the disillusioned paramour - Jordan/Tracey?)

Be that as it may, the second portion of the book is a further Candide-like journal of humiliation in redneck Florida (you'll want to see Todd Browning's Freaks after reading it).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lexie on 14 May 2009
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This was totally addictive. I was instantly dragged into Edward Miller's bizarre world. A real rollercoaster ride as we follow the downward spiral of Miller's life at breakneck speed. There was a momentary pause when I thought Mr Chalmers could not keep up the frenetic pace. But this turned out to be a brief chance to catch my breath when suddenly our poor protagonist Miller continued on his fall from grace. Tragic, comic, crazy, and yet strangely, totally believable. I loved every second.
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