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Staying Alive

Staying Alive [Kindle Edition]

Matt Beaumont
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‘A rip-roaringly funny read [from] the brilliant Matt Beaumont…full of colourful characters and cinematic scenes…A brilliant read’ Heat

‘Beaumont is the sort of writer you wish would knock books out quicker.' Closer

‘Beaumont…is a technical whiz at his craft…He succeeds. Humour, feelgood factor, mild suspense…it is one airport novel that is definitely designed to take off’ Guardian

‘Delicious knockabout comedy…this is funnier [than e]’ Bookseller

‘This is Jeffrey Archer with irony…you’ll be highly amused.’ Daily Mail

‘Toe-curlingly good…makes you laugh out loud’ Campaign

‘It’s very funny from first to last. Infectiously enjoyable and energetic’ Time Out

Praise for ‘e’
‘A brilliantly plotted comic novel…it gave me more sense that literature is alive and kicking than anything else I’ve read in these 12 months’ Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times Review of the Year

‘Lively, viciously funny and about as switched on as a novel can be’ Mirror

‘Hilarious’ Cosmopolitan

Praise for ‘e’
‘A genuinely enjoyable page-turner’ The Times

‘e is the most enjoyable, addictive read I’ve had since Bridget Jones’ Lisa Jewell

‘Here’s a book that recognises our true priorities: blame-shifting, arse-covering, personal enhancement, shagging – and, oh yes, the odd advert. Matt compresses into a few weeks a dazzling cascade of events, most of which have either happened at one agency or another or are otherwise completely believable. A finer observer of agency politics you’ll never meet.’ Andrew Cracknell, Campaign

'Depicts the Machiavellian scheming and summary sackings of the ad world in withering detail and with no shortage of dead-eye wit' The Times

'Groundbreaking…an internet-enabled Clarissa for the 21st century' Evening Standard

'Hysterical, sensationally funny' Arena

'Read it, wipe away your tears, then read it again' Company

'Fab debut…lock eyes with Matt Beaumont. Your career may depend on it' Kirkus

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From the bestelling author of ‘e’ comes a hilarious and moving novel of a very normal life becoming extraordinary

Murray’s living life to the full – and it might just kill him. He’s started telling the truth at work. He’s borrowed a stack of cash from a man with a gun, a speech impediment and no grasp whatsoever of APR. He’s also taking drugs and – God help him – he’s started dancing. Badly. To trance. And now he’s on the run with a human version of Muttley and a teenage girl called Fish.

Which is strange, because a few weeks ago Murray didn’t even burn the candle at one end. But when his doctors tell him he has only months to live, he gives his boring old self the boot, relaunches a new, improved Murray and falls in love with a passion he didn’t know was in him.

His old self, of course, would tell him he’s digging his own grave. But he’ll be needing one of those soon enough anyway, won’t he?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007167032
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (10 Dec 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terminally Funny 5 Oct 2004
By A Customer
The funniest book about terminal illness I have ever read. OK, the only funny book about terminal illness I have ever read, but still massively hilarious. Matt Beaumont's other books (especially e) have been good but this is the best yet. Staying Alive is part thiller, part love story and all comedy. And though I'm still not sure how he does it, the hero, one of life's losers, wins! Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He keeps getting better 21 Jan 2005
I've read mattt's previous two books 'e' and 'e for christmas' (I think ?). The first two were originally formatted and funny. This book is my favourite. I've been reading it on the Tube and laughing out loud. The characters are very well developed, and the plot smacks of an advertising crative with too much time on his hands ! If, as he says, all creatives have a novel they are working on, I wish more of them would publish ! Fantastic book that I can't recommend highly enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Your Jacobs!... 8 Dec 2004
By A Customer
A fantastic read, sharp, clever and very very funny from start to finish!. Some great characters plus a couple of old ones thrown in for good measure. Without a doubt Matt Beaumont at his hilarious best!!. And I am sure the world of advertising were only too pleased to read his latest offering! Buy it now, I promise you you will not be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny about terminal cancer ??? 17 Jan 2006
By S. Shaw
You wouldn't think it were possible to write a funny book about terminal cancer, but Matt B pulls it off.
This book has some hilarious laugh out loud moments and I found the characters fairly well developed.
I didn't enjoy it as much as "e" but it's well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Despite the cover, this book has nothing to do with disco.

After the 'novelty' aspect of his first novel "E" (a story told entirely through e-mails), Matt Beaumont took a more straightforward approach in "The Book, The Film, The T-Shirt", and then in this book. Since then he's had a couple more published, "Where There's A Will" and "Small World", but in my opinion this is his best book to date.

As in the previous books the lead character is a 20/30-something working in the media, but unlike previous books the story is not obsessed with office politics and laughing at the media industry. Murray (the lead character this time) is a product photographer who after being dumped by his girlfriend, discovers, or rather decides, that he has terminal testicular cancer, and after a hospital mix-up makes plans for a future in which he only has a few months to live. How does he treat the people around him, does he tell his ex-girlfriend, how should he behave, how can he possibly pretend to have any more interest in his job? Serious issues, handled with a great sense of humour. The first half of the book contains some excellent writing and even convinced me, as someone of the same sort of age, to get myself checked.

Unfortunately the second half of the book deteriorates a bit into farce. Murray borrows money from a Mobster, runs away with the punk trouble child of a local MP whom he met when she was burgling his flat, and totally stuffs up his job. It all gets a bit ridiculous and at the same time rather less funny.

A disappointing second half to a very promising book, but worth buying for the first half alone. Oh, and blokes- check yourself down there.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some really funny characters 30 Jun 2005
By Jim
I always put this author in the "trying too hard" to be clever category but this is a gem of a novel. The right mix has been achieved between slapstick and a ripping story. The central figure is Murray who experiences much more life after being told he is terminally ill with cancer than he has done in the rest of his miserable, manically clean existence. However, the characters that did it for me were Vince and his daughter Bubbles. Vince is perfection as a "creative" from advertising land whose heart is definitely in the right place even though he is a mess. Anyone who has ever spent a night out with an advertising creative will guffaw at Vince and his young daughter. If there is ever a case for a spin-off book this is it; I found myself wondering what was in store for these two at the end of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start but full of laughs 18 Jun 2008
By Joby1
This is the first book I've read by Matt Beaumont and despite a rather slow start it turned into a great read. Murray is diagnosed with testicular cancer and told he may not have long to live, so he throws away his boring old life to embark on a serious of increasingly unbelievable encounters and farcical events. His newly acquired best friend Vince provides the perfect foil in Murray's exploits along with some side splitting one-liners from three year old Bubbles. This is good, light-hearted read for anyone who thinks they would like to be someone else for a day!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny 19 Dec 2008
I picked this book up having never heard of the author but thought I would give it a go.

Very rarely does a book make me laugh, let alone laugh out loud, but that is what Stayin Alive did for me, to the point where I was laughing so hard I had an asthma attack and had to reach for my inhaler! I originally read this about 3 years ago and re read it about 18 months ago and I still needed medical assistance at the point when 'Muwway' and Bubbles are discovered under the bed.

I think this is far and away his best book and I have recommended it to anybody and everybody I know. If however you want a really sad book I would recommend Entwined by Lynda La Plante which made me cry (again something a book really manages to do to me which in itself is a testament to the great writing of both authors.

So treat yourself to one or both of them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing book
Published 1 month ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
A moving, well written piece. Plot was sensitively handled and the writing was engaging. Really enjoyed it, would definitely recommend.
Published 6 months ago by R. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Before you go
Witty, funny, pathos, what more could you ask for. Yet another right on the mark book from Matt. A Triumph!!
Published 10 months ago by Jonathan Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Really good product. Excellent service and really good delivery. Would definitely recommend this with out a doubt. Get ordering now.
Published 15 months ago by LISA WELFORD
3.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves
This has been a book that was on my 'must get around to' list for some time. For long periods of reading the book I was doubting whether I should have bothered, so to get the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by CRD1980
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could have been
Staying Alive sees Mat Beaumont ditch his usual epistolary style in favour of straight prose and, while the subject matter (a formerly straight-laced guy going off the rails when... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2012 by daveinbrum
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad subject
Having read all three "e" books I was ready for a good laugh. The back of this book suggests an illness to the main character. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by Baggie Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start but full of laughs!!!
I picked this book up having never heard of the author but thought I would give it a go. Very rarely does a book make me laugh, let alone laugh out loud, but that is what Stayin... Read more
Published on 28 May 2010 by Philippa Leah
5.0 out of 5 stars Inexplicable How It Does It - It's Great!
Couldn't sleep 'til I finished it.

Wonderfully amusing.

Characters are 2-D.

Story line a bit predictable.

And it is a dream read!
Published on 9 April 2010 by D. R. Armour
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, very whacky
Classic contemporary metrosexual novel, perfect for a nice lazy weekend. Very funny, classic relationship material with a twist or two that get quite over the top at the end. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2010 by T. Kesl
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