For my second blog post of the day I’m delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for the moving and poignant The Last Act of Adam Campbell by Andy Jones. Thank you to Jenny Platt and Hodder & Stoughton for giving me the opportunity to read and review this beautiful book.
About the book:
A year can go quickly. Particularly when it’s your last.
Adam had a good life: a job he enjoyed, a nice house, a loving partner and a bright six-year-old daughter. Then he cheated on his partner. Then she kicked him out of their home. And then he was given approximately twelve months to live.
Despite the devastating news, Adam is determined to turn his life around before it finally runs out. Help comes in the form of an ex-junky, a cantankerous train driver, a nun experiencing a crisis of faith, and a teenager intent on losing her virginity – all living on borrowed time, all desperate to feel alive before their time is up.
About the author:
In one form or another, Andy has always been a writer. At school, he passed notes in class and scribbled rude words on lampposts. At University, he wrote a PhD in biochemistry and forged tickets to various balls. And as an advertising copywriter, has written commercials for everything from baby food to booze.
But it wasn’t until he was well into his thirties that Andy started writing fiction. If he could write a letter to his younger self, it would urge him to stop messing about and get on with it.
Andy lives in London with his wife and two little girls. Chances are, he’s writing something.
His Fifth novel will be released in February 2020.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book but, oh my, what a beautiful, moving book it is! Full of poignant moments to bring a lump to your throat, it’s a story not only about death, but about life, love and everything in between. It’s about grabbing hold of life with both hands, no matter how long or short that life may be.
What would you do if you found out you only had a short time to live? Adam Campbell is about to find out the answer to that question. Determined to turn his life around before time runs out, Adam teams up with an unlikely group of people, all living on borrowed time. But all with one thing in common: to feel alive before their time is up.
If you struggle to cope with books about death and cancer, this book most likely won’t be for you. But even though cancer is something my own family is touched by at the moment, I simply adored it! It’s written with a raw honesty that took my breath away, full of a humour and poignancy that moved me to my core. I don’t want to go into too much detail, as this is a story that needs to be experienced without knowing too much about the individual stories that make up the whole, so all I will say is prepare to have your heart broken. The Last Act of Adam Campbell is not an easy read by any means, but it is a beautiful one that I’m so glad I read.
Andy Jones has written an astonishing account of what it must be like to know the end of your life is near. It’s filled to the brim with emotion, but is also full of humour and insight, taking you on a journey that isn’t only about death, but also about living your life to the full and making the most of every moment. It seems strange to say that a book that deals so eloquently with death is also one that left me with an overriding feeling of hope.
As difficult as some parts of this book was to read, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. As long as you go in prepared to have your heart broken, aware that it deals with the devastation that death and loss brings, I would say read and experience the beauty of this book for yourself. I know this is a story and characters that will stay with me for a long time to come. Andy Jones has written a moving, poignant and memorable book to be proud of.
The Last Act of Adam Campbell by Andy Jones is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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