Summary

One seagull and four pieces of bread decide the course of one person's life. But is the rest just coincidence? A new novel from Costa Award shortlisted author J. W. Ironmonger.
Have you ever experienced a coincidence that seems too strange to be true? And is there such a thing as fate? The Coincidence Authority is a novel about love in a random universe, about two lost souls each with a quest to understand the secret patterns of their lives.
From the windswept tranquillity of a Manx village to the brutal abduction of child soldiers in Africa, the lives of Thomas Post and Azalea Lewis intertwine as they try to untangle the mystery of Azalea's past. A mystery that began with a seagull and four pieces of bread....
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©2013 J. W. Ironmonger (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group
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1 out of 5 stars
By Helen on 02-10-13

Disappointing Story - Terrible Narration!!!

I was hooked from the beginning but the story steadily declines to a lousy ending. It's rare I stick with a book I'm not enjoying, but I hoped it was just the godawful narration that was putting me off.

Boy, she really can't do accents. This book is littered with them, and every time (even when the text didn't call for it), she put on the most atrocious caricatured accent that was so off-putting (why does the priest sound like he's having his privates electrocuted?). And as someone who's spent some time living in Uganda, her impression of an African accent is borderline offensive.

And so to Uganda, which it becomes clear is what the author is really interested in. It's fascinating, but it doesn't go anywhere, and there are much better books and stories on the child soldiers of Africa. And it just doesn't fit with the rest of the story. The unbelievable and passionless romance between Thomas and Azalea dwindles away and they become almost superfluous characters. And there the book leaves you.

I found the epilogue frankly patronising and it just compounds the book's fate as having not really been about Azalea or coincidences at all.

A promising set up of spooky coincidences...what does it all mean? Nothing. Nothing at all.

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5 out of 5 stars
By jill middlemas on 22-05-17

interesting

its a bit of a slog in bits but stick with it. it turns into a really tbought provoking listen.

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