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The Albatross Syndrome: Love and Sex in the 21st Century [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Summer
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“A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.”

London, New Year’s Eve 1999.

On the brink of a new Millennium and on the wrong side of thirty, Leigh Harper is trapped in a dead-end relationship and a job he can't stand. What’s more, he’s been in lust with Melanie from the office for ever and a day and she’s about to be transferred to the Leicester branch.

But with his girlfriend away and a party to end all parties organised, everything's about to change dramatically for Leigh, just not necessarily in quite the way he would have planned . . .



‘But things are changing. After centuries of submission, women are finally standing up for themselves.’


‘I thought all that feminist stuff went out in the eighties.’


‘It did, but there’s something much better now. It’s called Empowerment. I read about it in my magazine.’ Melanie had then produced a glossy publication from her bag, flipping through to find the page. ‘Listen to this,’ she said, reading aloud. ‘It’s official; women are just much better at most things than men. When it comes to people skills and organisation, they win hands down. More women are in managerial positions than ever before and many are earning more than their partners, giving them the resources to break away from centuries of male domination. The ultimate rejection of men is the increasing number of women choosing to have babies with anonymous donor sperm and bringing up the baby without the need of a man.’ She paused, her eyes skimming through to the next section. ‘This is the best bit; ‘time is running out for the macho male. He is running scared and feels helpless, because he knows he’s guilty and fears retribution.’ Melanie looked up and waited to allow the full effect of the words to sink in. ‘It says, it’s the guilt from the way they’ve been treating us girls for the last two thousand years. They’ve even got a name for it. It’s called The Albatross Syndrome.’

‘Albatross Syndrome?’ squealed Alison, clapping her hands in amusement, and picturing Leigh with an oversized white bird hanging around his neck.

‘Yeah, some bloke in America discovered it. It’s apparently a bestseller already. Must be a lot of guilty men in the world.’

The Albatross Syndrome is a zany, laugh out loud novel about the messy world of love, life and relationships in the 21st century.



About the Author

Adrian Summer lives in Brighton, UK, and divides his time between writing words and music. He has written several screenplays and worked as a music supervisor for film and television. The Albatross Syndrome is the first in a projected series of three novels exploring the theme of Love and Sex in the 21st Century.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499230826
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L9DQULK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Adrian Summer lives in Brighton and divides his time between writing words and music. He has written several screenplays and was a finalist in the Kodak Short Film Competition. His screenplays, 'Russian Lady' and 'Freddy's Money' were both on the production slate for Boxer Films. He has also worked as a music supervisor and composer for film and television (BBC and Channel 4). Recently he completed the music score for a horror feature film called Paper:Scissors:Stone - due to be released early 2015.
The Albatross Syndrome is his first full length novel and is the first in a projected series of three novels exploring the theme of Love and Sex in the 21st Century.
Much more info on The Albatross Syndrome and Adrian Summer at www.adriansummer.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars ECHOES OF THE YOUNG ONES 6 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Adrian Summer grabs you by the throat at the beginning of this story and drags you into the world of Leigh, a 21st century man whose hold on reality leaves a lot to be desired. With some damn fine writing about characters similar to those in The Young Ones, the author doesn’t let go until you finally come up for air at the end of it, having laughed yourself silly.
When Leigh’s girlfriend of seven years Alison, finally gets to grips with what a loser her man is, she finally tosses him out of the home they share, while she discovers Empowerment in a women’s magazine. ‘Time is running out for the macho male. He is running scared and feels helpless, because he knows he’s guilty and fears retribution. It’s the guilt from the way they’ve been treating us girls for the last two thousand years,” Melanie, Leigh’s one night stand who precipitates his fall from grace, reads to Alison. “They’ve even got a name for it. It’s called The Albatross Syndrome.”
As his world careens out of control, it is inevitable things must come to a head. Even if it’s being naked in a bus shelter in Brighton in the middle of winter. What sort of realization does he come to? Buy the book and read it, you won’t be disappointed.
This extremely well crafted book deserves to be a best seller in its genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and original 5 Aug 2014
By C Giles
Format:Paperback
Leigh Harper’s girlfriend, Alison, is away on a skiing holiday – an ideal opportunity for Leigh to throw a Millennium’s Eve party for the sole purpose of getting buxom work colleague, Melanie, into bed. In no time the flat is a scene of destruction, sex with Melanie is nothing like the triumphant experience Leigh had anticipated, and then Alison arrives home unexpectedly early… the consequences of Leigh’s lies and infidelity unfold in rapid succession as he staggers from one disaster to the next. Adrian Summer tells the story with literary confidence. His writing is intelligent, entertaining, indeed hilarious at times, well observed and structured. Details of the year 2000 are spot on (for example, smoking has not yet been banned in pubs), and his metaphors and descriptions are original and very funny. I admire the way he has interwoven Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner throughout the book, which can be read on a deeper level as analogous to the life of the hapless Leigh. Well worth reading – my only complaint is that it ended too soon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars surprise! 4 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Hello! Adrian Summers is my next door neighbour (so you know)… when he put me onto his first novel I was super-curious, but a bit wary if I’m honest – I got the impression it would be a disposable love-and-relationships-in-the-21st century type tale that would be a far cry from my usual reading matter! However, I was genuinely surprised. The Albatross Syndrome is immediately engaging, the pacing was expert, the story architecture tight, it ran smoothly and without waffle or pretension (the symbolic stuff concerning the titular albatross is woven into the main narrative slickly). Characters were amusing, there were some funny comic vignettes, all in all, it was very readable! The story follows a pretty average kind of guy making a big fuck-up with his relationship, triggering a series of life-collapsing events. It’s a classic type of story arc delivered with plenty of humour, and as someone else pointed-out here the Y2K time-capsule elements are ace. Read it, Amazonians! Excelsior!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read with genuine LOL moments 27 Jun 2014
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I purchased this book on a whim and ended up reading it in two sittings – it’s a real page turner and helped by nice short chapters. It also gave me a few genuine LOLs. The story, with its quirky humour is set at the turn of the new Millennium - when the world was predicted to go into meltdown - and alternates between the POV of the rather hapless Leigh and his shallow and amusing fiancé Alison. The other characters are also well defined, especially the man eater Melanie, the likeable Irish ‘tart with a heart’.

The central theme of the book cleverly takes some of the symbolism from Coleridge’s classic poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and weaves it into the story. Basically it is a comment on the confusion of relationships in modern times due to shifting gender roles and expectations.

I see that Adrian Summer has previously written film scripts and this maybe explains the strong structure and the excellent dialogue between the characters, who all have individual voices.

I maybe would have liked to see more development of some of the minor characters and an extended stay in the Brighton section but perhaps this would have made what is essentially a light holiday read, too long.

Altogether, an impressive debut and I look forward to seeing more from Adrian Summer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest book since Bridget Jones! 25 Jun 2014
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This is an excellent novel and the funniest book I've read since Bridget Jones - a real page turner which I could not put down. Set in the first couple of weeks of the year 2000, it had me laughing out loud from start to finish whilst making me feel almost nostalgic about that time. The perfect holiday read for anyone old enough to remember the Millennium upwards - funny, light and brilliantly observed. Can't wait for the next instalment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely amusing and hard to put down! 10 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback
I recently took six books on holiday and Adrian Summer's turned out to be one of best! It's a real 'page-turner', which time allowing can easily be read in one go, or with it's concise chapters is perfect in snatches. As we follow Leigh and his girlfriend Alison (soon to be ex) experiencing a steep learning curve through life, the author simultaneously interweaves Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner throughout the story. The Albatross Syndrome is a virtual non-stop roller coaster ride from beginning to end and I can't wait to find out what's in store for Leigh and Alison in the sequel!

p.s. I'm normally quite a purist and can't bear reading ebooks, so (this being the first book I've 'ever' downloaded to my mobile) I was quite amazed at the clarity of the text and it certainly frees up some room in the holiday case!
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5.0 out of 5 stars dirty, wicked
The Albatross Syndrome opens with a hilarious sex scene which sets the tone for the rest of the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars pincerman
A thoroughly enjoyable read,will look forward to reading more from this author.
A humorous reminder of my student days and nights.
Published 4 months ago by Bruce White
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the literary references
Page turning hilarity. Enjoyed the literary references. A great read - buy it!
Published 4 months ago by Mrs P
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a better read than most books I buy at the airport ...
Just finished reading this novel on the last day of our holiday today. Not the usual genre I'd choose and I am prone to dump any book that fails to stimulate ... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Poppy1742
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great summer reading, light hearted and very funny
Published 4 months ago by Charlotte Ingles
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written,witty and funny!Highly recommended
This is a great story which combines harmonically humor and emotion on a poetic backround and it investigates intelligently many aspects of human relationships.Highly recommended!
Published 4 months ago by D. Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect travel companion
This is the perfect travel companion....light and witty, it takes the reader through the ups and downs of the life and loves of the confused but likeable Leigh Harper (ha ha good... Read more
Published 5 months ago by EC
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next instalment!
I really enjoyed this book. It is an up to date portrayal of modern day romance and how the characters meet the challenges and temptations thrust upon them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by marianneer
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! As a Brighton resident born and bred and ...
Highly recommended! As a Brighton resident born and bred and a lover of humour of all kinds, this book was extremly entertaining! Read more
Published 5 months ago by darren innes
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