Contacts
Mark Watson, Read by Mark Watson

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Narrated By: Mark Watson

Duration: 8 hours and 6 minutes

What to expect

One man’s last journey. One hundred and fifty-eight chances to save his life.

The unforgettable new book from award-winning writer and comedian Mark Watson!

'Mark Watson is one of my favourite writers and Contacts is by far his best book yet' Adam Kay
‘Witty, emotional and beautifully written’ Jill Mansell
‘It made me laugh, cry, reflect and want to check in on all my friends’ Emma Gannon
'This is such a great book, funny and serious and daring and humane' Richard Curtis

James Chiltern boards the 23:50 sleeper train from London to Edinburgh with two pork pies, six beers and a packet of chocolate digestives. At 23:55 he sends a message to all 158 people in his contacts, telling them that he plans to end his life in the morning. He then switches his phone to flight mode. He’s said goodbye. To him, it’s the end of his story – and time to crack open the biscuits.

But across the world, 158 phones are lighting up with a notification. Phones belonging to his mum. His sister. His ex-best friend. The woman who broke his heart. People he’s lost touch with. People he barely knows. And for them, the message is only the beginning of the journey.

Funny and wise, tender and deeply moving, Contacts is a beautiful story about the weight of loneliness, the importance of kindness – and how it’s never too late to reach out.

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction

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'Mark Watson is one of my favourite writers and Contacts is by far his best book yet' Adam Kay,bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt

Witty, emotional and beautifully writtenJill Mansell, bestselling author of Maybe This Time

'This is such a great book, funny and serious and daring and humane. I prefer Mark Watson to Leo Tolstoy – both as a novelist and a stand-up comedian' Richard Curtis, award-winning director of Love Actually

Contacts portrays the nuanced layers of male mental health through brilliant, engaging storytelling. It made me laugh, cry, reflect and want to check in on all my friends’Emma Gannon, bestselling author of Olive

‘It’s funny and moving and kept me awake half the night because I so badly wanted to find out what happens’ Tim Minchin

‘A brave and beautiful book about the importance of every human connection … A compassionate, thought-provoking read’ Sarah Haywood, bestselling author of The Cactus

‘All his trademark humour and clever insights swimming around such beautiful, touching characters and relationships’ Hannah Begbie, bestselling author of Blurred Lines

‘I devoured this book. It’s funny, sad, insightful, heartbreaking, hopeful and so cleverly put together. A real treat.’ Chris Addison

Gripping, moving and uplifting… and how easy it is for a life to fall off the rails and how it’s the connections we make that put us back on track’ Clare Pooley, bestselling author of The Authenticity Project

‘My favourite book I’ve read this year. Tense, funny, and full of heart – I felt, ironically, as though I was holding James’ life in my hands’ Joe Heap bestselling author of The Rules of Seeing