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Before and After by [Andrew Shanahan]

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Editorial Reviews


★★★★★ "It's gripping and funny and fresh. Please, please, please write a sequel. And then write another one." Samara

★★★★★ "This is a fun and gripping read. Robinson Crusoe meets I am Legend." Stephen Cummins

★★★★★ "I don't get chance to read too many books and normally start one and forget about it after a chapter but I just couldn't put Before and After down." Ben Gallon

★★★★★ "I devoured this serving in two sittings, it was very moreish. I'd sum it up in three, three letter words: bod, dog, God." John Walsh 

★★★★★ "The characters are the kind that stay with you and you just want to read more about their lives, which I'm hoping will happen at some point (After and...After?!)" Emma Jones

★★★★ "Bonkers and brilliant like Douglas Adams meets Charlie Brooker! Not for the faint-hearted, but very enjoyable for those who can stomach it (pun intended). And all for the price of a Bacon Double Cheeseburger." Welsh Bookworm

★★★★★ "Shanahan does an amazing job of making you fall in love with this unlikely hero and hits you with twists you won't expect or forget!" Yo. 

★★★★★ "Definitely worth being brave as a reader and seeing what you make of this fantastic novel for yourself." Leah H

★★★★ "I've just passed it on to my book club to read as I need to talk about it with someone else! It's the kind of book that you can't shake out of your head!" Victoria Cook

★★★★★ "The first page hooked me in and then I could put it down." Dean

★★★★★ "Warning - made me miss my tube stop!" Seamus Hilley

From the Author

The first line is everthing to me. I hate books where you spend an entire chapter working out if anything is ever going to happen. I want to be grabbed and thrown headfirst down a flight of stairs into a mysterious new world. I've paid my money, I've opened the cover, giddy up! 

This is the first line of Before and After, see what you think...  

The fireman who falls to his death is Carl, and the one who kicks him out of the window is Karl.

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Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B082XFC63T
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Andrew Shanahan (January 10, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 10, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 388 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 196 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 524 ratings

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For twenty years Andrew Shanahan has been working as an award-winning journalist (Independent on Sunday Best Young Restaurant Critic, BBC Talent scheme) for the UK national newspapers and magazines about various subjects: gravy, dog suicide and what injury hurts the most* - an article for a children's science magazine which received more complaints than any article they'd ever run.

After working as a restaurant critic and food writer for a decade he got fat. Impressively fat. He tried to lose weight but struggled with how the majority of weight loss advice and organisations focused solely on women. So he started an organisation called MAN v FAT ( which works around the world to support men who want to win their battle against fat. To date it has helped over 4,000,000 people and the award-winning MAN v FAT Football schemes run in the UK and around the world and are supported by The FA.

Shanahan now writes fiction and comics full-time and creates stories that surprise and delight readers with humour and innovation.

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*The most painful injury is really grim, don't read on if you're squeamish.

Ok, so a duty A&amp;E doctor told me that they'd once had a rugby player come in who had dislocated his hip after a tackle. Ow! But that's not it. A first aider thought they knew how to relocate it, so they pushed his leg back into place. It went back in, but it trapped the man's testicular nerves in the socket. When the man got to A&amp;E he'd ruptured his vocal cords from screaming so much.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious read that also hits you in the feels
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read even when this is not your normal genre of fiction
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