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Who is Tom Ditto? [Kindle Edition]

Danny Wallace
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tom got a note from his grilfriend. It says she hasn't left him, but she's gone.



But where the hell is she? When is she coming back? And what is Tom supposed to do in the meantime?



With each new clue to Hayley’s whereabouts, Tom is forced to question whether he truly knows his girlfriend at all. Because who is Hayley really, anyway? Who is this other strange girl following him?



And who, for that matter, is Tom Ditto?


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"Tremendous. A wonderfully well-observed and beguiling novel – shrewd, funny and stealthily profound" (William Boyd)

"Who is Tom Ditto? is Danny Wallace at his very best: funny, assured and relentlessly clever. A brilliant novel" (John Niven)

"An air of mystery and of a past being reconstructed, with a booster shot of comedy…As you would expect from the author of Awkward Situations for Men, the toe-curling embarrassment of much of Tom’s life is well realised" (Observer)

"Wallace has scored another hit with this quirky novel…Packed full of gags, this is also a tender and touching story" (Sunday Mirror)

"This is a terrific novel…The plot is wild and unexpected, with a dash of sinister, and it’s incredibly funny" (The Times)

Book Description

Gone Girl meets Nick Hornby with a dash of The IT Crowd on the side. One of the smartest, funniest, wittiest novels of the year.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1520 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (24 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091919037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091919030
  • ASIN: B00HJOCC88
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,933 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Danny Wallace is a Sunday Times-bestselling author who lives in London. His first book, Join Me, was described as a 'word-of-mouth phenomenon' by The Bookseller and 'one of the funniest stories you will ever read' by the Daily Mail. His second book, Yes Man - in which he decided to say 'Yes' to everything - became a hugely successful film with Jim Carrey in the lead role.

His column in ShortList magazine reaches more than 1.3 million readers weekly. He was the PPA Columnist of the Year 2011 and the Arqiva Radio Presenter of the Year 2012 for his work as the host of the triple Sony Award-winning Xfm Breakfast Show with Danny Wallace. GQ magazine has called him: 'One of Britain's great writing talents'.

www.dannywallace.com

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Ask Me 24 July 2014
Format:Hardcover
Danny Wallace is the foremost exponent of `Bet Non-Fiction' that I know. This is when a bloke says something daft in the pub and follows through; Wallace has started his own cult, his own nation and said Yes to absolutely everything. However, some things are fine as a quirky adventure in the real world, but following people around London and copying their every move? That sounds a little like stalking to me and should perhaps be best explored in the world of fiction. In a world like Danny Wallace's new novel `Who Is Tom Ditto?'

Is it the Tom who works as a news reader for a London based talk radio show? One day he returns home to find a note from his girlfriend saying that she has gone, but not left him. What on Earth does that mean? Tom decides to investigate where Hayley has disappeared too and soon finds a secret club whose members wish to be someone else. Can Tom enlist the help of the eccentric Pia to search for his girlfriend and will he find out more about himself in the meantime?

The great things about all of Wallace's books, both fiction and non-fiction, is the heart. Wallace has a wonderfully warm way of writing that is witty and intelligent, always making you feel uplifted by the end. `Tom Ditto' is his darkest project to date and builds upon the fine work seen in his first work of fiction `Charlotte Street'. That book was about someone finding a disposable camera and using the images to find the women who dropped it; `Tom Ditto' takes this concept of mild stalking and builds upon it.

At its heart `Tom Ditto' is a mystery novel. There may be no murders, but there is certainly a missing person. What has happened to Hayley?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, more so than I had expected going into it. The premise of the novel is interesting, but not very interesting. A guy returns home to find a note from his girlfriend telling him that she left, but she didn't leave him. That's it. There's no information on where she went, or with who, or when she's planning on coming back.

Tom, a radio host, decides to investigate the disappearance of his girlfriend, Hayley. He takes offense on her sudden departure, and finds it unlikely that she didn't actually "leave" him. In his journey of finding out where she left and who she's been in contact with before she left, he finds himself in the midst of a strange support group - of sorts. They "follow" people they find interesting and imitate them for the duration that they are following them (and that duration could vary), so if that person is having a tuna melt at a cafe, they'll order the same thing, they'll pay the same exact amount, and even tell the same stories (if they are close enough to hear them speak). It sounds bizarre and very creepy, yes. Tom, thinks so too. He is astounded to find out that Hayley was part of that group, and leaves in a rush, only to be followed by Pia.

In the next weeks, Tom and Pia form a very strange friendship based on her following him, and even gets him to join in on her adventures of following people. These adventures lead Tom to meeting an abundance of new and interesting people, experiencing new things, and even improves his career immensely. He almost forgets about his problems with Hayley...almost. And just when he was starting to find his footing again, Hayley barges back into his life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who is Tom Ditto? 28 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
It's fair to say I was intrigued enough by the haphazard nature of the blurb to want to read Who is Tom Ditto? It sounded like a fun, quirky read and I'm always on the look out for something a little bit different to the norm.

The whole 'following' thing was slightly freaky-I have actually found myself looking over my shoulder as I walk around Morrison's, for fear that someone is going to buy the same teabags and own brand Custard Creams as me- but made for an interesting and unusual plot. The whole premise of CC was uncomfortable and yet strangely alluring. I guess we all have that nosiness deep within us where we model ourselves on ours choices and actions.

Who is Tom Ditto? reads very much like Danny Wallace's other books-fluid in style, conversational text, observational humour and quick quips. It is a very accessible book, and I can imagine it appealing to those who don't read a lot as well as avid readers. The characters, especially Pia, had me longing to know more, infact I think Pia deserves another book all of her own-she is fantastically barmy. I think I actually want to be her.

I really love the whole 'Britishness' of this book, I can't see that it would work if it were set anywhere else. There are eccentricities which add depth to the story, along with a serious issue of relationship break ups (or not), yet overwhelmingly this is a story of humour in the midst of despair.

This is a fresh, well written novel with hidden depths. Ideal for fans of Mike Gayle and William Boyd.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I didn't like this as much as Danny's nonfiction books but it's still a good read
Published 5 days ago by SARAHD
1.0 out of 5 stars I think Danny Wallace's non fiction debate books are great, really...
I think Danny Wallace's non fiction debate books are great, really funny, but this was a load of balls. Not worth reading.
Published 19 days ago by Brendan Mulgrew
3.0 out of 5 stars Meanders a Bit, Fun Though
A decent enough read. There's a core concept here which I won't spoil but let's just say that there's an idea that functions like the "sit" in a sit-com which, in a good... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it as much as all the other Danny Wallace books.
Published 1 month ago by AB
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Excellently written. Great story. Very funny in parts.
Published 1 month ago by William A Waldron
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect holiday read
Perfect holiday read. Simple and fun easy read. A few laugh out loud moments and I loved the way it ended.
Published 1 month ago by David J. Arendell
4.0 out of 5 stars it was good
I liked it.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. L. De Gruchy
3.0 out of 5 stars He has a twistet brain :-D
I love Danny Wallace... "Yes man" is the funniest book I've ever read.. and "Charlotte Street" was also one of a kind. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mette Bloch
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
absolute drivel
Published 3 months ago by Michelle Horsman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure!!
This is hard to say whether I liked it or not! It went into a lot of detail about his work which wasn't really needed and I just couldn't imagine following someone but it was easy... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jo
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