Staying Alive

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HarperCollins Publishers, Dec 10, 2009 - Fiction - 448 pages
9 Reviews

From the bestelling author of ‘e’ comes a hilarious and moving novel of a very normal life becoming extraordinary

Murray’s living life to the full – and it might just kill him. He’s started telling the truth at work. He’s borrowed a stack of cash from a man with a gun, a speech impediment and no grasp whatsoever of APR. He’s also taking drugs and – God help him – he’s started dancing. Badly. To trance. And now he’s on the run with a human version of Muttley and a teenage girl called Fish.

Which is strange, because a few weeks ago Murray didn’t even burn the candle at one end. But when his doctors tell him he has only months to live, he gives his boring old self the boot, relaunches a new, improved Murray and falls in love with a passion he didn’t know was in him.

His old self, of course, would tell him he’s digging his own grave. But he’ll be needing one of those soon enough anyway, won’t he?

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User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

British storytelling at its best. It really shows Matt Beaumont used to be a talented copywriter. I had to go through some embarrassing moments in public while reading this book and trying to hold in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tanya Korval - Goodreads

This is a departure for Beaumont: he takes a brave step in abandoning the world of advertising and the 'tell it through email' format and at the same time chooses a dark subject: death. This is a ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Matt Beaumont is a copywriter and has been fired by some of London’s leading ad agencies. He lives in North London with his wife and children.

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