Thursday, 27 August 2015



BOOK 138: CHARLOTTE STREET: DANNY WALLACE

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'.

It all starts with a girl…
(because yes, there’s always a girl…)

Jason Priestley (not that one) has just seen her. They shared an incredible, brief, fleeting moment of deep possibility, somewhere halfway down Charlotte Street.

And then, just like that, she was gone – accidentally leaving him holding her old-fashioned, disposable camera, chock full of undeveloped photos...

And now Jason – ex-teacher, ex-boyfriend, part-time writer and reluctant hero – faces a dilemma. Should he try and track The Girl down? What if she’s The One? But that would mean using the only clues he has, which lie untouched in this tatty disposable...

It’s funny how things can develop...


MY VERDICT: I wasn’t sure what to expect from Danny Wallace having never read anything by him before so I’m not sure why I was disappointed, but I was.  This book was written by a comedian but I didn’t find it very funny.  I think the main character was a little too pathetic and grumpy to be sympathetic to or to enjoy.


It wasn’t a terrible book but it didn’t race through it like I thought I would and it was a little predictable so it didn’t keep me hooked. Such a shame as I was looking forward to enjoying it.

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