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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478392134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478392132
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jonathan Clements is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal Sunday. He was born in London, England, graduated from Cambridge University and now lives in New York City. This is Clements's fifth book and his first novel.

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Jonathan Clements writes a weekly column for The Wall Street Journal Sunday and is the author of the "Jonathan Clements Money Guide 2015." Jonathan was born in England, graduated from Cambridge University and now lives in New York City. He wrote for Euromoney and Forbes before joining The Wall Street Journal in 1990, where he worked for 18 years. He then spent six years at Citigroup as Director of Financial Education for the bank's U.S. wealth-management business. In April 2014, he returned to The Wall Street Journal Sunday. Jonathan has written six books -- a novel and five guides to personal finance. For additional information, go to www.jonathanclements.com. There are two other authors called Jonathan Clements, both of whom are also from England. One died in the late 1990s and wrote a slew of children's books. The other is very much alive and writes about East Asian history.

Customer Reviews

He made me like some characters and certainly dislike others.
D. Partington
We love biking but the book is really about life and how the decisions we make along the way take us down sometimes unexpected paths.
Cynthia Owens
Nice, breezy style, switching point of view between several narrators.
TommyO

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ronny on September 17, 2012
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48 and Counting is an enjoyable, small novel that deals with the big question, "What do you really want from life." As we watch Max Whitfield crash both literally and figuratively, we also watch the other people in his life achieve their goals, only to find the happy ending they had hoped for more elusive than they imagined. Max's journey brings us to a thought-provoking ending, which I won't spoil. This novel, which I understand is the author's first work of fiction, does not read like a first novel, but the work of an experienced novelist, with well-developed, complex characters. Like another reviewer mentioned, I found myself reading it in one sitting, intensely interested in Max's changing life. I enjoyed the novel and highly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Laderman on October 14, 2012
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I read 48 and Counting while on vacation, and it was a great read. Who else but Jonathan Clements, a talented personal finance columnist and an avid cyclist, could blend investment theory, cycling and sex so deftly? Have a feeling that there is a lot of Jonathan in the hero, Max Whitfield. Fun to read, and some surprising turns that I never saw coming, which is the mark of a good storyteller. I eagerly await the next Clements novel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Owens on October 4, 2012
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Jonathan Clements has always been a great story teller and a fine writer. This book is no exception. In my household, we couldn't put this book down. We love biking but the book is really about life and how the decisions we make along the way take us down sometimes unexpected paths. This fall, we needed an escape from political coverage and reality shows, and this book was so welcome.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Reed on September 15, 2012
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I started this novel in the wee hours of the morning, and could not put it down. A rather horrid fascination kept me going - my husband and I will turn 48 next year, and I felt I was getting a secret peek into the mind of the 40-something male; my life will never be the same. I am recommending this novel to my friends and will be counting down the days until this author writes his next novel. I had read his previous non-fiction books, and thought this one would be a gamble. I did not expect to be sucked into the vortex as I was. It engrossed me from start to finish.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DavidC on August 26, 2014
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This is just a great book!! Not long (I completed it in one evening), easy to read and once you get into it it's difficult to put down. For those of us in our late 40's and beyond, this book has many life elements that can easily be related too, and I'm not necessarily referring to the references of infidelity. The whole disillusionment with work and trying to find happiness beyond the superficial material possessions (fancy cars, big houses, expensive TV's etc) that are so prevalent in our overly materialistic society certainly hit home with me. While purchasing an expensive bicycle could easily fall into this same materialistic mindset, the fact that you interact with it in such a different way than some TV you just sit and stare at or a car you ultimately just ride around in make it different. A bicycle can be seen as something one can use to help escape the boring corporate cube farm and dull humdrum existence so many of us fall into and, at least for a while, experience the simple joy/freedom of getting outside for some exercise, sunshine and fresh air. The book definitely has a surprise ending that you will need to read to find out!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rideabout on December 8, 2012
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I didn't think I would like this book at first because it starts off with the protagonist finding his dad's old ten speed and rediscovering his love for cycling (boring). He quickly moves to a new $5,000 carbon fiber bicycle and spends another $1500 in accessories. Easy to do, I know I did the same thing last August. The more he rides the better shape he gets in, the more he enjoys riding and "competing" against the younger guys. Yep, that's sound familiar. Along the way, he discovers he really doesn't love his wife, has an affair, starts skipping work which all lead to some expected and unexpected consequences.
This is not a book about a "mid-life" crisis although some of the people in his life think the choices made by the protagonist are the result of mid-life crisis thinking. I thoroughly enjoyed the thoughtful writing about what happens to many men (and women) who reach a point in their life when they start evaluating what is important and what is not. I highly recommend this book for men 45-55 who are into bicycling and may be thinking about the life after the kids have left home.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ralph on February 4, 2013
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Fortunately, Jonathan Clements' 48 And Counting is only 164 pages, because I could not put it down once I began reading. As an avid cyclist and one who believes in the assertion made in the documentary "Life Cycles," which called the bicycle "man's noblest invention," I particularly enjoyed the character's love affair with the bike. The protagonist, Max, rediscovers his father's old bicycle and begins pedaling on a therapeutic journey where he discovers the things that are really important in life. There is a message in the book, to be sure, but the journey is the most rewarding part in Clements' fine book. Thoroughly enjoyable. A must read for avid cyclists and all who seek a deeper meaning in life.
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I got and read this book based on a list of "best" bicycling books. Well, if this is one of the "best" bicycling books, then the sport/habit/way of life needs some more creative writers! The book is not bad, nor is it the "best", probably somewhere just south of the middle. Unfortunately, there was more about "love" and "money" than there was about cycling. At the end of the day it was not as bad as some of the reviews (that I should have read BEFORE buying the book), in fact, probably much better than the worst review. But, had the main character entered a program to deal with his OCD, there might have been more about cycling, and less about his other obsessions.
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