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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?
In exciting news, Toni Collette has optioned The Best of Adam Sharp as the first project for her newly formed production company, Vocab Films. She will play the lead role of Angelina.
‘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.
‘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.’
‘Oscillates between profound emotional depths and absolute hilarity…So much fun!’
‘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.’
‘A smart, touching and warm-hearted tale of the power of love, and how far we can go to find it.’
‘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.’
‘[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?’
‘Pop-obsessed, highly readable new novel from the bestselling author of The Rosie Project.’
‘Graeme Simsion does an excellent job of taking the rather simple premise of examining a great lost love and presenting the possibility of a second chance.’
‘It’s a hugely romantic tale, and some of it is quite lovely and moving; some of it is funny and much of it is unsettling.’
‘We love The Rosie Project author Graeme Simsion’s The Best of Adam Sharp.’
‘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 well-written and thoughtful treatise on what it means to have loved and lost, yet be given the luxury of a second chance.’
‘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.’
‘An extraordinarily clever, funny, and moving book about being comfortable with who you are and what you’re good at.‘
‘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.’
‘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.’