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The Best of Adam Sharp

A novel about love, music and coming to terms with the past, from the author of the international bestseller The Rosie Project.

On the cusp of fifty, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner, earns a good income as an IT contractor and is the music-trivia expert at quiz nights. It’s the lifestyle he wanted, but something’s missing.

Two decades ago, on the other side of the world, his part-time piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, who’d abandoned law studies to pursue her acting dream. She gave Adam a chance to make it something more than an affair—but he didn’t take it. And now he can’t shake off his nostalgia for what might have been.

Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously? How far will he go for a second chance?

If my life prior to 15 February, 2012 had been a song, it might have been ‘Hey Jude’, a simple piano tune, taking my sad and sorry adolescence and making it better. In the middle, it would pick up—better and better—for a few moments foreshadowing something extraordinary. And then: just na-na-na-na, over and over, pleasant enough, but mainly because it evoked what had gone before.Continue reading this extract on Number 3 Chiller.  


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Graeme Simsion
About the Author

Graeme Simsion was born in Auckland and is a Melbourne-based writer of novels, short stories, plays, screenplays and two non-fiction books.

The Rosie Projectbegan life as a screenplay, winning the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy before being adapted into a novel. It went on to win the 2012 Victorian Premier’s...

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‘That these books are as funny and charming and often touching as they are is a tribute to the skill with which they’re written.’

‘An extraordinarily clever, funny, and moving book about being comfortable with who you are and what you’re good at.‘

‘[A] poignant glimpse into human relationships—what it is to love and to be loved…The Best of Adam Sharp hits you right in the morals and leaves you thinking—how far would you go for a second chance?

‘Ably proves that the romance genre isn’t strictly the domain of women.’

‘How does Graeme Simsion follow-up his dual smash-hits of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect? By penning a novel that is just as funny and poignant, but with a tumultuous moral core…it will resonate long after you’ve closed the book.’

The Best of Adam Sharp is a novel that asks important questions, and is as moving as it is entertaining’

‘It’s terrific to have Simsion back at it and this time he’s educating readers on all things musical with an accompanying playlist to boot. Very clever stuff.’

‘Simsion ultimately paints a detailed and entertaining portrait of a flawed and wistful man who wants a romance to be more than a silly love song.’

‘Graeme Simsion’s new novel The Best of Adam Sharp is told in his unique writing style with eccentric characters you’ll love.’

‘A smart, touching and warm-hearted tale of the power of love, and how far we can go to find it.’

‘While Simsion’s touch is delicate, this is a dark comedy of manners, an adult entertainment that extends the range of his first, more light-hearted book.’

The Best of Adam Sharp is a book about regret, about not taking the chances that life deals you and how those failures end up wearing away at you. It’s a hugely romantic tale, and some of it quite lovely and moving; some of it is funny and unsettling.’

‘I love Graeme’s wit.’

‘A great read—romantic, wry and well-written in that blokish David Nicholls-ish way. And totally rock’n’roll: Bob Dylan and Patti Smith fans will love all the references.’

‘With very real characters, an engaging plot and plenty of wit, this is a joy.’

‘Pop-obsessed, highly readable new novel from the bestselling author of The Rosie Project.’

‘Music and memories of first love collide to destabilise a man and his marriage in The Best of Adam Sharp.’

‘We love The Rosie Project author Graeme Simsion’s The Best of Adam Sharp.’

‘A very enjoyable read.’

‘Extremely entertaining and funny, and very perceptive on various aspects of life…A thoughtful but very funny look at a mid-life crisis.’

‘What seems like a run-of-the-mill chick-lit tale about “the one that got away” becomes a complicated exploration of marriage, what it means to love someone, and how life gets in the way.’

‘A fun, sweet ride.’

‘There’s something I really enjoy about Simsion’s writing. He’s able to invoke a warmth or sense of familiarity which reels me in. And it’s not just the tone, but something about his conversational first person prose that makes us stop and listen.’

‘Oscillates between profound emotional depths and absolute hilarity…So much fun!’

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