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The Art of Falling Apart [Kindle Edition]

Mark Dawson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 368 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

Already translated into multiple languages, Mark Dawson's previously best-selling tale of sex, drugs (and rock and roll) makes its Kindle debut.

A story of greed, duplicity and death in the flamboyant, super-ego world of rock and roll. Dystopia have rocketed up the charts in Europe, so now it's time to crack America. The opening concert in Las Vegas is a sell-out success -- but secret envy and open animosity have begun to tear the group apart.

The lead singer, Vid, is on a roller-coaster of self-indulgence and egomania...Jared, the lead guitarist, resents being shouldered out of the limelight...Spin, the warm-up DJ, just cannot resist dangerous extra-marital adventures...nor can their manager, Alex, resist the lure of personal gain that greed and duplicity could bring him.

Then one of them dies, in an apparent accident, and there begins to unravel a chilling saga of dark emotions, cynical manipulation, and murderously ruthless self-interest.
Whether you are a vinyl junkie or you watch the pop world in fascinated horror, you will find The Art of Falling Apart as bewitching as the world it depicts.

Praise for The Art of Falling Apart.

'The spirit of our times captured in an engrossing new work ... This earthy, tragi-comic first novel marks him out as a talent to be watched.' Birmingham Post

'Mark Dawson takes us for a rollicking ride through the trashy backstreets of the rock and roll dream ... with a tasty sting in the tail to boot.' Classic Rock.

'Written in an innovative style, with plenty of intrigue and action, Dawson beautifully weaves the plot together ... a brilliant debt novel from a very talented writer.' Subject.

'Grips you like the Boston Strangler's handshake. Essential reading.' Later.

'An entertaining life at the low lives of high-rollers.' Jockey Slut.

'An impressive first novel. Edgy vibrancy.' Manchester Evening News.

'The style of writing fits the action perfectly. If you're gagging for band lunacy, check this out.' Metal Hammer.

'A classic tale of sex, drugs, rock and roll - and murder ... a fascinating read for anyone with even a passing interest in the treacherous machinations of the music industry.' RTE

'A soap opera of scandalous behaviour ... the time to read this is now.' The Big Issue

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About the Author

Mark Dawson was born in Lowestoft in 1973, and during his teenage years played table tennis at international level. Around the age of eleven or twelve he began a science-fiction novel, still languishing in a drawer somewhere. While studying law at Manchester university, he started to DJ in local clubs, eventually landing a regular spot in the Hacienda, and organising indie nights for other students. After university he sold ice-cream in Chicago, then travelled around the East Coast of America and up into Canada. Returning to UK, he studied at law school in Chester for a year, then accepted a job at a top firm of solicitors in the City, where he still works in the litigation department. He now lives in Bow, in London's East End and is working on his second novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AG0BC8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Dawson has worked as a lawyer and currently works in the London film industry. His first books, "The Art of Falling Apart" and "Subpoena Colada" have been published in multiple languages.

He is currently writing three series.

The John Milton series features a disgruntled assassin who aims to help people to make amends for the things that he has done.

The Beatrix Rose series features the headlong fight for justice of a wronged mother - who happens to be an assassin - against the six names on her Kill List.

Soho Noir is set in the West End of London between 1940 and 1970. The first book in the series, "The Black Mile", deals with the (real life but little known) serial killer who operated in the area during the Blitz. "The Imposter" traces the journey of a criminal family through the period; it has been compared to The Sopranos in austerity London.

Mark lives in Wiltshire, in the UK, with his family.

You can find him at or

You can get his Starter Library - two best-selling novels and two novellas, with hundreds of five star reviews between them - by signing up for his mailing list at:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly addictive! 16 Sept. 2009
I finished this book in one weekend. If I could have got away with ignoring the kids, not cutting the grass or being distracted by so-called 'friends' I would have finished it in one day.

Books like this (sex, drugs and rock-and-roll) wouldn't normally appeal to me but I gave it a punt on the recommendation of a friend. Although the cover-art is rubbish; the Title is exceptionally faithful. It is a book that authoritatively places you in the voyeuristic position of being able to watch a journey under the promise of a 'train crash.' Not a Hollywood train crash that hits a wall and explodes in a huge ball of flame, but one where the wheels get loose, the driver more drunk and the passengers increasingly troublesome - you get to see it all in marvellous slow-motion detail. The inside knowledge of no-limits drugs made me occasionally wonder if Mark Dawson needed an excuse for some serious method-authoring research, yet it still 'added to' rather than 'distract from' the experience of reading this excellent book. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spin City 2 July 2001
I did not know much about the music industry before I read this, but now I do. A really good read, and shows the characters in stark relief. Usually, there is somebody you like or can relate to in a novel, but such is the colourful humour, and dark drugs culture, that all of charcters were vile, and ones you would not want to meet at a party! Inventive plot twists, and a book which I had to read asap, as it held my attention throughout. I look forward to Mark Dawson's next novel, and even a TAoFA part II, entitled perhaps "What ever happend to Jared, Spin & Alex?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flash back city 24 Jun. 2001
As a first novel this book came as a welcome surprise to an area of literature that has been somewhat dormant and formulaic. Mr Dawson conjures up a number of facinating characters most with dark secrets or foibles which carry the story along with great gusto.
The introduction of the e-mail fan Suzy is a particular delight and lends a novel edge to the story.
If you have any interest in the music industry or a liking for semi dark humour then read this. Great stuff!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Neal
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The Art of Falling Apart cleverly weaves together stories from the perspectives of friends, colleagues and hangers-on of a band intent on breaking America, and really nails how talent and personality that drives someone to success can be the same thing that sparks their downfall. Feels like you're in the heart of the chaos, and the more you read, the more chilling it gets.

A perceptive, clever read. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read this book. 18 Jan. 2004
An entralling read! Dawson has really put his all into this book. The character insight, plot development and the way it's written from various perspectives throughout is a refreshing change. You genuinely feel you are there, from the gritty London streets to the frentic oasis that is Vegas. I would highly recommend this book, it was a chore for me to put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! 8 Dec. 2003
Excellent book - as someone interested in the music industry and rock n roll in general, the subject matter suited me perfectly! I enjoyed the way that each chapter is written from a different character's point of view, so that the story pieces together gradually but completely - and the ending was really good too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 Nov. 2014
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‘The Art of Falling Down’ is an extremely accomplished début novel by Mark Dawson. I bought it a couple of years’ ago, and for some reason it stayed unread on my Kindle during that time. I must confess that when I first started to read it I wondered why I had bought this book. I wasn’t sure about the subject matter (it’s a fast-paced story of the rise and fall of a rock band, ‘Dystopia’, and their manager, Alex) and I’m generally not keen on novels written in the present tense, which this is. However, because this is such a well written story, I couldn’t help but enjoy it. Mr Dawson shows a number of deft touches – for example, he might have been tempted to add an epilogue, setting out how things ended for the key characters - but the story is stronger and more enjoyable without it.

I shall be reading more of Mr Dawson’s work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's only rock and roll 26 Feb. 2014
By DJW13
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As long as you realise that your heroes have feet of clay this is an OK read - after all, it's only rock and roll! How anyone survives the amount of drugs referenced in this book I have no idea, but then many rock groups apparently consume prodigious quantities of drugs even today and no, they don't all live through it unscathed.

Most books have at least one character who the reader can identify with in some way, or consider to be the good guy - you have to search very hard to find anyone to support in this story. One victim was Gretta - but I am not sure why, what happened to her or whether I cared that we didn't find out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by C. Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written
Fab book. Even though the main character spiralled down I always wanted him to come out on top at the end. Great book to take on your holidays
Published 3 months ago by 8morrigan8
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I found this book intriguing. I needed to keep reading to find out what was going on. However it is also unsatisfactory as some of the stories are started and not finished e. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jo Anne
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better all the time
A fan of Mark Dawson's more re ent novels, I thought I'd read his much earlier first book. It has all of the vibrancy of writing I have come to expect from him with great dialogue... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Norma Miles
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad but Mark Dawson has improved a lot as a writer on the John Milton books
Published 7 months ago by Mr. S. P. Solari
2.0 out of 5 stars not my cup of tea
I made it to page 185 before I realised this was not my cup if tea and I couldn't wait any longer to get interested. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Farmeress
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great read. buy it now
I loved the book. it's a gripping read from start to finish. It's easy to get into and plunges you into the world of rock and roll with all the business, drugs and excess that goes... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Michael R. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging story and convincing characters
A good 'rock' novel, written with obvious inside knowledge. The plot is familiar gets big then implodes owing to personal and musical differences, but the book is... Read more
Published 20 months ago by philp
2.0 out of 5 stars Everybody can write!!
I bought this book because the title seemed quite suggestive, something different. I thought it could be a "fresh air" and enjoyable. Read more
Published 22 months ago by a g calzon garcia
3.0 out of 5 stars TAofFA
Quite a confusing read, the story jumped all over and at times I really wasn't sure what was going on. Read more
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