The Day I Died Paperback – 14 May 2009
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‘Not your average chick lit!’
About the Author
The publication of Polly Courtney's debut novel, Golden Handcuffs, a fictional exposé of her career in the Square Mile, earned Polly acclaim in the Observer, The Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Evening Standard and many other publications. Aside from writing, Polly works on various sports-related web ventures including Girls in Football.com and is a keen footballer who plays for her local team, Old Actonians LFC, in West London. Polly also plays in a semi-professional string quartet, No Strings Attached, an all-girl ensemble that plays all over the UK. She lives in London.
Top Customer Reviews
It is a modern novel with a novel storyline and is engaging with well defined characters, some of whom are quite amusing and likeable, and moves along at a good pace. BUT ... despite an excellent concept, much of what happens is totally unbelievable in the real world.
People that the main character Jo/Rebecca meets are very understanding and trusting and forgive her misdemeanors and rudeness.
Additionally she gains employment without references , is left in charge of cash when she has very recently met people, and, in the case of a job working with children child protection checks.
I think although it is not chick lit it will be a good beach read and despite it's interesting ideas I could not give it more than a 1 for it's implausability .
This is such a ridiculously stupid book, and not well written either, I wish I could return it, and get the hours of my life back that I wasted reading it.
A young woman is found shoeless and flimsily clad after a nightclub bombing in London. An ambulance worker puts a jacket over her shoulders to keep her warm but when he is called away she wanders off with no recolection of who she is or where she has come from. Fortunately the jacket has a wallet in the pocket and a fair sum of money, also a card with the name Jo Simmons, which she adopts as her name.
I enjoyed the start and was anticipating a good read. Unfortunatey the lucky find of the wallet was followed by rather too many lucky breaks, until the whole story began to take on a rather fairy tale feel.
I liked the topical use of Facebook as a tool to discovering her true identity and also the discrepancy between her old identity and her new one - but could she really have changed that much just by losing her memory? Is one's identity so ruled by circumstance and so little affected by personality?
Not really a book I will be recommending but an interesting concept that would have been better if it had been more plausible.
Incidentally, also on the back of the book was an innovation I have not seen before - a pictorial depiction of the type of content, using little icons to signify "Drama", "Comedy", "Love", etc. ("Sex" is represented by a pair of frilly knickers, which seems, er... ever so slightly tacky.) Anyway, "The Day I Died" is, according to this system, comprised mainly of Drama with side helpings of Love and Friendship. I'm not quite sure I see the point of this idea - and I presume the majority of readers are not so dim that they need highly simplified pictures to enable them to decide whether to read something or not.
On with the plot. A young woman regains consciousness in the street outside a bombed-out nightclub, flimsily dressed and with no shoes. She quickly realises that she can remember nothing about herself, not even her name, and rather than seek help, she wanders off (luckily wearing someone else's jacket, which contains a wallet with a large sum of money). Eventually boarding a bus, she adopts the name "Jo Simmons" from a card in the wallet, and, pitching up in an Oxfordshire village, somehow manages - through luck and mishap - to put together a semblance of a new life, acquiring a job and a place to stay.
Initially remembering nothing, Jo both longs for and dreads revelations of the past, which come gradually and are often unsettling.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could not get into storyline. This author confused me with start of opening chapter, would not recommend to friends, thanks.Published 13 months ago by Marie Hart
I found this tedious - haven't read all of it and don't think I will carry on - I am just skipping through trying to find the point of it allPublished 14 months ago by Liz
Loved this book would recommend for light reading couldn't put it down. First book I have read from Polly Courtney.Published on 12 Jun. 2013 by Louise Kingham
Good concept but so full of holes I could not bring myself to give it more than one star. It appears the writer has done little or no research into how things are actually done. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2012 by Tracy Sinclair
I know that fiction is just that, but this book really pushes it to the limit.
We are supposed to believe firstly that London's night buses spend their days in a depot... Read more
I've read a lot of Polly Courtney's books now and have enjoyed them all - she has an easy, pleasing writing style and generally a good handle on what she's writing about. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2012 by Lavendyr
This was a really interesting story, that was incredibly thought provoking for me, I think a lot of poeple at one time or another in their lives wish that they could start all over... Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2012 by Jossie Marie
I did enjoy the plot hence the 3 stars and had to read it to the end. But the inconsistencies and lack of proper research spoilt it for me. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2012 by Catherine
I rather enjoyed this book - I found the idea of having no memories and trying to forge a new life for yourself original, if a little unbelievable. Read morePublished on 26 April 2011 by T. Wahaid