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The Knot [Kindle Edition]

Mark Watson
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Book Description

The breathtaking new novel from acclaimed author and comedian Mark Watson: his most powerful and affecting yet.
Dominic Kitchen is a wedding photographer. Every Saturday since his career began in the sixties he has photographed a bride and groom on the happiest day of their lives, captured the moment they tied the knot forever, and then faded away into the background.
But throughout his life, Dominic has felt a knot inside him tighten, threatening his own chance of a happy ever after. And as the years go by, it becomes more difficult to ignore, until the ties that bind threaten to tear him apart…
PRAISE FOR THE KNOT:
'A pitch-perfect tragicomedy of ordinary - and not so ordinary - family life' Jonathan Coe
'A beautifully observed, touching and funny book of considerable power'
AL Kennedy, author of Day, Costa Book of the Year
'This book is just AMAZING. It deserves to be read by everyone and would be a fantastic choice for book groups. Beautifully written and utterly gripping, this could well be my favourite novel of the year' Jill Mansell


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'A pitch-perfect tragicomedy of ordinary - and not so ordinary - family life' --Jonathan Coe

'A beautifully observed, touching and funny book of considerable power' --Al Kennedy, author of Day, Costa Book of the Year

'This book is just AMAZING. It deserves to be read by everyone and would be a fantastic choice for book groups. Beautifully written and utterly gripping, this could well be my favourite novel of the year' --Jill Mansell

This heart-wrenching and captivating novel by the comedian is anything but a joke. Wedding photographer Dom is the man no one notices even within his own family. But inside, he holds the desire that society cannot accept, one which forms an aching knot in his stomach and which, if pursued, will change his world --Bella

'This book is just AMAZING. It deserves to be read by everyone and would be a fantastic choice for book groups. Beautifully written and utterly gripping, this could well be my favourite novel of the year' --Jill Mansell

About the Author

Mark Watson is an acclaimed novelist and comedian, best-known for his appearances on Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow as well as the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2010 his 50-date solo stand-up tour will play to over 60,000 people.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 764 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IL59F0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Knot 27 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the first of Mark Watson's books that I have read, and I was very glad I did.

First of all, if you have managed to avoid hearing much about the story so far, keep it that way and let the story unfold as it was intended. I will try to keep my review spoiler free, although this is no mean feat with a book like this!

The 'Knot', in the title of this book refers both to "tying the knot" (the main character is a wedding photographer), and also to the kind of knot one gets in the pit of their stomach. Dominic has had a knot in his stomach since an early age, and the novel follows him throughout his life, rarely explicitly confronting his 'knot', but showing how much it affects the way he lives his life.

The nature of Dominic's secret is something that is one of society's biggest taboos, but Watson's writing is completely unsensational, avoids loaded language and does not judge the characters, and I found myself sympathising with and pitying a character who in many other authors' hands would be completely unrelatable.

The book is at times - as you would expect from someone as witty as Watson - very funny, but at other points, it is completely heartbreaking. It is a fascinating and involving story and I would recommend it to anyone able to approach a very human story with an open and empathetic mind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 17 Aug. 2013
By SLB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book! I started it straight after reading '11', needing to read some more from this excellent author, and I wasn't disappointed. A tender, moving love story with a big twist and an exhilarating ending. It made me laugh, made me cry, and I'll miss Dominic and Victoria, the main characters. I feel bereft now I've finished it, as with all great books! Can't wait to read more from Mark Watson... I still can't believe the comedian I've seen on Mock The Week etc is the same man who wrote this!! :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 15 July 2013
By e.h
Format:Paperback
I normally take a while to get into a book. However, as soon as you start reading the knot your immersed in the characters lives. There's something about the way Mark Watson writes that's very engaging and there's just so many parts to this book which I loved. I nearly finished it in 2 days its that good. It stirs up such a range of emotions. Its very witty but also had me crying a little in parts! READ IT!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I hadn`t realised that Mark Watson had written novels until we saw him at the Fringe in August (incidentally, in response to other reviews, you're right...he's no Peter Kay- he's far less cliched, far funnier and excellent live). I immediately read Eleven and enjoyed it and then waited for the kindle price to come down a bit for The Knot. I wish I hadn't waited. I was engrossed. Ok, so it isn't War and Peace, but amongst some of the tepid fiction on sale today, it's a welcome relief. I can't actually remember the last time a book moved me to tears, but this one did...twice. Try hiding your snuffles in a spacious easyjet cabin! I loved it and felt that odd mix of sadness and contentment that often comes when you read the final page of a good book. Thank you, Mark. Can't wait for your next one.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 21 Sept. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
To be honest, I first got to know Mark Watson through his appearances on Fighting Talk, a sports comedy programme on BBC 5 Live, and have since enjoyed seeing his live stand up show and various TV appearances, from desperately trying to getting a word in edgeways on Mock The Week to stealing the show on Live At The Apollo. That such a funny, modest person could then have the talent to go on to write such an engrossing, moving and witty novel is both awe-and-jealousy inspiring in equal measure.

The surprise subject matter has been mentioned in other reviews. Not wishing to spoil it, I'll just say that I had no problems with it at all - it's the way these subjects are handled rather than the subjects themselves that seem to cause problems but Mark gets the tone just right. Like his comedy, it is the observations of the little things in the main protagonist's life that I particularly enjoyed, and the more I read the more I was drawn in until I had to read the book in one sitting, right through to its brilliantly clever ending.

The Knot is a perfectly-pitched, moving and humorous novel which I would recommend unreservedly. It made me cry, in a good way, and is a sure sign that when he's done with sitting there and being ignored on Mock The Week, Mark has plenty to offer the literary world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts! 6 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very interesting take on various old relationship themes. Not always entirely new, but some very fascinating insight into the viewpoint of a wedding photographer, a role which is often overlooked by other participants . Unfortunately although this began very well and was gripping until about half way through, I found some of the subsequent twists and turns of the story rather predictable and by the fourth part I was losing interest. It did redeem itself slightly towards the end, and the final pages were satisfyingly incomplete - with enough strands left in the air. All the same I did find myself wanting to give the protagonists a good shake and tell them to live with it and be grateful for what they have got!
Despite it all I did enjoy the main thrust of the story and thought there were some clever and unusual ideas. It is the first one of Mark Watson's that I have read, and I may well be prepared to try another one in due course.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A book about incest.
Incest. yeurch.
Published 5 days ago by Rowan Tweddle
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read, some strange twists which makes for awkward reading but overall a good read. I liked the author's pace.
Published 6 days ago by Mat Cole
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Very hard to get into
Published 9 days ago by Grandma T
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
Having finished '11' (another book by the same author') in less than a day, I was keen to see if this was as good. I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Babs
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very strange, incestuous story.
Published 22 days ago by Sherchic
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book from a new author to me
What can I say. A story filled with emotion and humour. A summary of of our lives with a twist.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Chapman
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
It didn't really go anywhere - it just jumped ahead as though the author was bored of writing it - I was certainly bored reading it
Published 1 month ago by dianedj238
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating
The author is cynical about many things, but true to his own feelings and beliefs. Incest is rarely discussed today, but this novel touches on it with honesty and sympathy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S. J. Poole
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An intriguing story with complex characters.
Published 2 months ago by ang
5.0 out of 5 stars the Knot, a story to believe in.
I really enjoyed reading this novel. The central characters were credible and so real in my mind as I read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Harwood
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