Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of Books and a Beat.
This week my teaser comes from A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. Yep, after having it on my reading next list for the last two months I have finally started it. OK, as I type this I’ve only read 2 pages but I’m still counting that 🙂
Whenever I’ve had to moan before – when I need another prescription for my anti-depressants, for example – I always mention the toilet bit, the cleaning up that needs doing most days. It’s funny, because it’s the bit I’ve got used to. I can’t get used to the idea that my life is finished, pointless, too hard, completely without hope or colour; but the mopping up doesn’t really worry me anymore.
~ Page 29, A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
“Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?”
For disgraced TB presenter Martin Sharp the answer’s pretty simple; he has, in his own words, ‘pissed his life away’. And on New Year’s Eve he’s going to end it all…but not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then eighteen-year-old Jess and lastly failed-musician-turned-pizza-boy JJ turn up and crash Martin’s private party. They’ve stolen his idea – but brought their own reasons.
Yet it’s hard to jump when you’ve got an audience queuing impatiently behind you. A few heated words and some slices of cold pizza later and these four strangers are suddenly allies. But is their unlikely friendship a good enough reason to carry on living?
Happy reading everyone.