A Touch of Love by Jonathan Coe

By Jonathan Coe

A contact of Love is Jonathan Coe's delightfully comedian and relocating novel approximately no longer becoming in.

Robin, a postgraduate pupil in Coventry, has spent 4 and a part years no longer writing his thesis. He and his educational colleagues, united by means of pallor, social ineptitude and sexual inexperience, as soon as spent hours discussing their theories, yet they by some means by no means made it into print.

Now his unfinished thesis languishes in a drawer, and Robin hides in his room, more and more fearful through an international he doesn't comprehend. His buddies have failed him and romance eludes him. His simply outlet is his brief tales, scribbled in notebooks and expressing his mystery obsessions and frustrations.

Then, whilst an unlucky and embarrassing incident in a public park lands him in deep trouble, Robin's lifestyles eventually spirals uncontrolled. . .

A contact of Love is a superb, bittersweet booklet that may be loved through readers of David Nicholls, Nick Hornby and fanatics of comedian fiction.

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She was waiting for any weakness or doubt in my mind which she could use to her advantage. But she was getting tired. Two or three times she was close to tears. I almost had her — then she slipped away again. 59 I forced her into a taxi at four o'clock and we set off towards the station. The wind was icy again, and the people in the streets, waiting for buses, looked cold and unhappy. I tried to think how lucky we were with our comfortable lives and our comfortable homes; but all the familiar, respectable world I had known until yesterday had disappeared.

She seemed to accept the fact that trouble was about to start. ' I called back over my shoulder. ' 50 Ellen pulled my arm and we hurried on. As we went inside, I had the impression that the man was getting out of his car. Ten minutes later I was waiting for the girls outside the women's dressing room when Joe Jelke and Jim Cathcart stepped out of the lift. Joe was very white and his eyes were heavy. There was blood over his left eye and on his white scarf. 'He hit Joe with brass knuckles,' Jim said in a low voice.

Would need for the journey. Then she turned to her trunk. In three-quarters of an hour it was packed. She sat down at her desk and wrote a short note to Mrs Harvey, explaining her reasons for going. She addressed it and laid it on her pillow. She looked quickly at her watch. The train left at one. She knew that if she walked to the Marlborough Hotel she could easily get a taxi. Suddenly she took a sharp breath and an odd expression came into her eyes. It was like the fixed look she had had in the barber's chair - in some way a development of it.

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