Please take a moment to review Hachette Book Group's updated Privacy Policy: read the updated policy here.

The Coincidence Authority

The Coincidence Authority

For fans of THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, Mark Watson and Mark Haddon, here is a cleverly written mystery about fate, circumstance, destiny and coincidence from COSTA AWARD-shortlisted author, John Ironmonger. This quirky read is hard to put down and spans philosophy, conflict, relationships and romance.

Thomas Post is an expert on coincidences. He’s an authority. People come to see him, to ask him if he can explain strange events that have befallen them, and he can always explain these things away. We poor humans, he would say, have a tendency to make patterns out of random shapes, or to construct meaning from the random behaviour of the universe.

But one day Thomas gets a visit from Azalea Lewis, and his world will never be the same again. For Azalea’s coincidences seem to go off the scale. The lives of Thomas and Azalea become entwined, their destinies entangled. And now, with Azalea apparently dead in a foreign land, Thomas must reassemble the pieces of her life in search for the patterns that drove it. And that means he must try to unravel the coincidences that so afflicted her.
Read More

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 4th September 2014

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781780220840

Reviews

A love story that is also a story of ideas...The love story between Thomas and Azalea is touching and gently written.
THE METRO
This is an absorbing and unusual novel suffused with intelligence, charm and humanity and I highly recommend it.
THE BOOKSELLER
This story twists like a pretzel, the author teases and tantalises the reader, and it's delightfully unexpected.
THE TIMES