Calling Major Tom
By David M. Barnett
An irresistible début novel of unlikely friendships and second chances, for readers who loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Rosie Project.
'I loved everything about it.' Goodreads
'This book made me laugh, cry, giggle and gasp.' Goodreads
'One of my favourite books of the year. Charming and very sweet.' Goodreads
Heartwarming eBook bestseller - the perfect read for anyone who enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Together, A Man Called Ove and Matt Haig.
Forty-something Thomas is very happy to be on his own, far away from other people and their problems. But beneath his grumpy exterior lies a story and a sadness that is familiar to us all. And he's about to encounter a family who will change his view of the world... for good.
AS FEATURED IN THE GUARDIAN, THE FEEL-GOOD MUST-READ FOR 2018
'Must read' Daily Express
'Utterly irresistible' Sunday Mirror
'Funny, moving, sweetly life-affirming tale' Sunday Express
'Sheer joy.' Lucy Diamond
'Exactly what everyone needs right now.' Rachel Lucas
'I adored this book!' Ruth Hogan, The Keeper of Lost Things
'A much-needed antidote for these worrying times.' Julie Cohen
'A moving, funny, absorbing hot chocolate of a story.' Daniela Sacerdoti
What other readers are saying about Calling Major Tom:
'Full and rich characters with all touching my heartstrings. Laughed and cried out loud.' Goodreads
'Oh my goodness, I loved this book so much. It made me laugh and cry, then laugh and cry even more.' Goodreads
'I loved this book. All the characters were lovable, charming and for some my heart broke into pieces.' Goodreads
'This was a lovely read with brilliant characters. I loved Tom. Made me laugh and cry. A lovely pick me up read. I loved the ending too. 5*' Goodreads
David Barnett is an author and journalist based in West Yorkshire. After a career working for regional newspapers he embarked upon a freelance career writing features for most of the UK national press. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed Gideon Smith series of Victorian fantasies, published by Tor Books, and teaches journalism part-time at Leeds Trinity University. David was born in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1970 and is married to Claire, also a journalist. They have two children, Charlie and Alice.
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29 Jun 2017
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Praise for the feel-good novel of 2017, Calling Major Tom:
A book about loneliness, about bravery, about the walls we all put up to protect ourselves and about how it is never ever too late to try to change.
— Katie Marsh, author of MY EVERYTHING
A gorgeously quirky story about families, forgiveness and unexpected friendships - sheer joy. — Lucy Diamond, author of THE SECRETS OF HAPPINESS
...a pure pleasure to read, full of well-observed characters and hope, and a much-needed antidote for these worrying times. — Julie Cohen, author of TOGETHER
CALLING MAJOR TOM is blooming marvellous! Original, moving and mercilessly funny, this is an unashamedly feel-good story. I laughed, I cried and I cheered for the wonderful characters. Don't hesitate - fall in love with this book! — Miranda Dickinson, author of SEARCHING FOR A SILVER LINING
Brilliant, funny, heartwarming and exactly what everyone needs right now. I loved it. — Rachael Lucas, author of Wildflower Bay
A funny, moving, absorbing hot chocolate of a story - hot chocolate with chilli, that is, because there were bits were I laughed aloud! The pages just turned themselves - I can't wait for the next David Barnett. — Daniela Sacerdoti, author of CALLING YOU HOME
A bitter-sweet, original blend of social realism and sci-fi; funny, engaging and honest. — Stuart Maconie
A book about being alone and being together, being lost and being found. One man against infinity: what are the chances? Good, as it happens. I loved this book. One huge step for a man, no longer lost in space. — David Quantick
funny, moving, sweetly life-affirming tale — SUNDAY EXPRESS
Utterly irresistible — SUNDAY MIRROR
Must read — Daily Express