Teaser Tuesday: 23rd August 2016

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.

TeaserThis 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 🙂

A Long Way DownMy Teaser

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.

10 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: 23rd August 2016

  1. What a fascinating premise! Does it work? Because it seems to me that it is treading a very fine line – for those who have attempted suicide and family members who mourn someone who died that way, this could be utterly tasteless and disrespectful unless handled very carefully… Hope you’re enjoying it and I look forward to hearing your views on it. My offering this week is far fluffier – yeehah!

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