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Ordinary Thunderstorms

By William Boyd

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| Hardcover | 9780307358202

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A thrilling, plot-twisting novel from the author of Restless, a national bestseller and winner of the Costa Novel of the Year Award.

It is May in Chelsea, London. The glittering river is unusually high on an otherwise ordinary af Continue

A thrilling, plot-twisting novel from the author of Restless, a national bestseller and winner of the Costa Novel of the Year Award.

It is May in Chelsea, London. The glittering river is unusually high on an otherwise ordinary afternoon. Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in town for a job interview, ambles along the Embankment, admiring the view. He is pleasantly surprised to come across a little Italian bistro down a leafy side street. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards. With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents through which Adam will lose everything - home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, mobile phone - never to get them back.

A heart-in-mouth conspiracy novel about the fragility of social identity, the corruption at the heart of big business and the secrets that lie hidden in the filthy underbelly of the everyday city.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    This was a very good story. It read very well, spoilt only, for me, by the language used at times, which was somewhat "earthy", but I guess that's the sort of language that is common in a criminal underworld. It takes place around different parts of ...(continue)

    This was a very good story. It read very well, spoilt only, for me, by the language used at times, which was somewhat "earthy", but I guess that's the sort of language that is common in a criminal underworld. It takes place around different parts of central London, which helps bring an air of reality to it for anyone familiar with the city. An unsettling issue about it was the fact that even the hero in the story, who has to "disappear" to save his life gets involved in acts that in normal circumstances one would imagine he would not condone.

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    RonYY said on Sep 18, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Perfect for a rainy evening

    Nothing intellectual –it's a 3.5 stars book, but it deserved 4 because even if I am not keen on easy reading I appreciated the story. The characters are very well defined and original (included the city of London which is, in a sense, one of the main ...(continue)

    Nothing intellectual –it's a 3.5 stars book, but it deserved 4 because even if I am not keen on easy reading I appreciated the story. The characters are very well defined and original (included the city of London which is, in a sense, one of the main characters).
    Also the "sociological" aspect of the story is interesting: is it that difficult to change your identity?

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    Mario A said on Jun 28, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Very comforting

    What is it about William Boyd? His writing is solid, with well-contructed stories and always captivating. Another wonderful, soul-filling book.

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    Pippa Smart said on May 19, 2011 | Add your feedback

Book Details

  • Rating:
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  • English Books
  • Hardcover 416 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0307358208
  • ISBN-13: 9780307358202
  • Publisher: Random House Canada
  • Publish date: 2010-02-09
  • Dimensions: 239 mm x 1,031 mm x 1,521 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , eBook
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