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Narcissism for Beginners


Meet Sonny Anderson. When he turns 21 he travels from California to the UK to leave a troubled past behind, reunite with his mother and finally learn the truth about his childhood. But is it a truth he wants to hear?

Authors Biography

Martine McDonagh is the author of two acclaimed novels, I Have Waited, and You Have Come and After Phoenix. She wrote her first story at age 8 while growing up in the grounds of a psychiatric hospital, and carried on writing throughout her 30-year career in the music industry as an artist manager (to James, Fujiya & Miyagi, and others).

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  1. Gorgeously written.

  2. I loved this novel and it’s still with me.

  3. Fabulous book!

  4. A true must-read, and can’t put it down!

  5. A truly visual read, journeying through the process of a young mans unknown history.
    Beautiful work.

  6. We are victims of victims and are not alone in our anger, grief and sewage. Sonny said what I had always wanted to say to my mum. Read it, let it work its magic and set you free.

  7. Sonny’s a real live screwed up 21 year old but I think he’s got hope in his heart and is funny too. To be in his company on
    his road trip is a pleasure.

  8. Great read!

  9. Every time I had to put it down I couldn’t wait until I could pick it up again.

  10. A unique voice, I love this author and found this book fascinating.

  11. People and families are so weird and Martine McDonagh really writes so well about that, she also writes about teenage expectation and disappointment so well in this book particularly, I really hope she wins.

  12. a lovely and thought-provoking read.

  13. It’s not often that I read a book more than once. Narcissism for Beginners was such a terrific book that I raced through it. I didn’t want it be over so I read it again. It’s clever and well-written. So worthy of recognition. So worthy of reading it more than once.

  14. an original protagonist. a satisfying read.

  15. Compelling reading

  16. Entertaining read

  17. So excited for Martine. Absolutely deserves this.

  18. Brilliant book

  19. Absolutely loved this book. Beautifully written, incredibly funny, poignant and just overall one of the best books I’ve read in the last few years!

  20. My favourite book of 2017 and the story still stays with me. Amazingly well written, so funny and so sad.

  21. A beautiful book by a beautiful lady.

  22. Sonny lives on in my mind, angry and funny, an excellent read.

  23. A sentimental trail of learning and truth. Can’t wait for the sequel!

  24. quality read

  25. A brilliant piece of contemporary literary ventriloquilism. Sonny’s voice had me from first page to last.

  26. Loved this book. Captures you from the first Page and doesn’t let go.

  27. Enjoyed this book immensely.

  28. A page turner with laughs on the journey

  29. Not sure what to expect but enjoyed it

  30. My favourite author, love her books.

  31. Clever book, funny and good writing. Really enjoyed it.

  32. Brilliant!

  33. A masterclass in characterisation and story telling. Brilliant novel!

  34. Brilliant !!!
    Well written lovely human story – recommended to all .

  35. Best book I’ve read in ages.

  36. A very convincing portrayal of the inside of a teenage boy’s head. I don’t know how she does it!

  37. Great book – great author.

  38. Love it!

  39. In the spirit of Catcher in the Rye this books inhabits its leading character with convincing clarity.

  40. I very much enjoyed the protagonist’s ironic take on life, the universe and everything.
    He reminded me too of Holden Caulfield in Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye.” Brilliant.

  41. Loved this book!

  42. Read this a while back and absolutely loved it. Whizzed through it in a day and still remember it now.

  43. Martine McDonagh Does not disappoint!!!!

  44. Original, compelling and beautifully written. Highly recommended read.

  45. I love the pace and quirky narrative of this book – loving every minute of it – definitely deserves to win this!

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