The A to Z of You and Me

  • by James Hannah
  • Narrated by Peter Noble
  • 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

I’m lying here in a bed, my head full of regret, with only a little bird flitting through a tree to comfort me. Friends want to visit, but I refuse them. So my carer, Sheila, has given me a task to keep me occupied. An A to Z list. Think of a part of my body for each letter. Tell a little tale about it. When I reach H for heart, what will I say? How we loved to string crocheted hearts in trees? How our hearts steadily unravelled?
So I begin with A. Adam’s apple. Will you be there to catch me when I fall?

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What the Critics Say

"I loved The A-Z of You and Me. James Hannah has an unerring eye for the tiniest detail within the biggest picture. This wry and tender love story is powerful, lyrical and moving." (Catherine O'Flynn, author of Costa prize-winning What Was Lost)
"Wonderfully quirky and contemporary. Hannah's writing has the accomplished feel of a far more experienced novelist." (Guardian)

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Customer Reviews

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Thought provoking, tender story.

The author takes the reader deep into the psyche of the main character and slowly reveals the story of his life: the difficulties, loves and hates. The pace is rather ponderous, but this seems eminently appropriate. I found it compelling as I gained a better understanding of the characters and the complex relationships between them; of the problems, anguish, regret and compassion, such as affect many of us in our own experiences throughout life.
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- Mr C Ward

Every minute is beyond value

There are a huge amount of 'death books'on the market and it is very difficult to pick out the good stories from those that are simply sentimental and mawkish. This one is quite simply an excellent book that doesn't try to elevate the main character to the position of sainthood and doesn't try to resolve his life story with an earth shattering conclusion.

Ivo is a youngish man tragically dying in a hospice, contemplating his past life and his strange transition from a living to a dying person. We learn that he has made a huge amount of mistakes in the past, some of which have had devastating consequences but nothing he has done has been beyond the capacity of any ordinary human being. We could all be Ivo and we all probably know one. There are some parts that stirred my emotions and made him seem incredibly real. For example his acute attachment to his crocheted blanket and his self consciousness about wearing an oxygen mask and it leaving marks on his face. The story is peppered with a rich sense of humour and a set of characters that are just as strong and vivid as the main man. Despite his dire position, Ivo's relationship with his sister and childhood friends is strained to the point where they do not visit him, and the story behind that tension is beautifully spun out throughout the book.

Peter Noble's reading is pitch perfect and I am full of admiration for the way he tackles some very demanding elements. James Hannah has written a remarkable book not least because it is told from the perspective of a man on the brink of death yet I can still visualise him as a vibrant young person.

This book is a cut above the rest. Just read or listen to it and you will be convinced.
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- Kaggy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios