Wild Life

Wild Life When a troubled advertising salesman loses his job the fragile wall between his public and private personas comes tumbling down Fleeing his debtors Adam abandons his family and takes to sleeping rou

  • Title: Wild Life
  • Author: Liam Brown
  • ISBN: 9781785079702
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a troubled advertising salesman loses his job, the fragile wall between his public and private personas comes tumbling down Fleeing his debtors, Adam abandons his family and takes to sleeping rough in a local park, where a fraternity of homeless men befriend him As the months pass, Adam gradually learns to appreciate the tough new regime, until winter arrives early,When a troubled advertising salesman loses his job, the fragile wall between his public and private personas comes tumbling down Fleeing his debtors, Adam abandons his family and takes to sleeping rough in a local park, where a fraternity of homeless men befriend him As the months pass, Adam gradually learns to appreciate the tough new regime, until winter arrives early, threatening to turn his paradise into a nightmare Starving, exhausted and sick of the constant infighting, Adam decides to return to his family The men, however, have other plans for him With time running out, and the stakes raised unbearably high, Adam is forced to question whether any of us can truly escape the wildness within.

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    1. Wow! This book took me by surprise!Having absolutely LOVED this author’s previous book, Real Monsters, I was so excited when I recently discovered he’d written more books for me to feast my eyes on. Of course, having experienced Real Monsters, I really shouldn’t have been surprised by Wild Life. However, I completely fell into the whole successful, wealthy businessman overindulges with alcohol, drugs and gambling, walks out on his old life and leaves his family after being made redundant d [...]

    2. As the title suggests, Wild Life by Liam Brown is not a sober story comfortable within the confines of the ordinary and the every day. Instead, protagonist Adam Britman takes the reader on a downward spiral into a nightmarish underworld.Adam is an accounts manager for a digital marketing company, husband, and father of two. A self-made success it would seem, only his work style and his own propensity for addiction lead him, with the assistance of his little plastic bag of white powder, headlong [...]

    3. I read the whole of Wild Life in a couple of sittings. It's the sort of book that gave me that 'car accident' feeling; when you really know that you should look away, but you just can't help yourself from watching. I had a feeling of unease and strange anticipation as I turned the pages, and the author actually describes the feelings that I felt when he writes about Adam as he enters the woodland for the first time.So, why was Adam in the woodland? What was he fleeing from, and how did he get th [...]

    4. The novel is entirely narrated by Adam, an advertising salesman who loses his job. It’s start with the inevitable truth that he lost his job, his whole perfect life is falling apart and so he abandons his family and flees into a local park where Adam decides to sleep for the night. The major part of the novel starts when a fraternity of homeless men befriend him and affiliate them into their group. The months pass and Adam actually likes his tough new life until the winter arrives and the para [...]

    5. How to go from civilised to feral in just a couple of hundred pages…Yep. It’s a Wild Life indeed for Adam. Once upon a time he lived in the dog-eat-dog world of high flying sales executives, until his career and its relentless entertainment schedule finally turned its back on him. When his gambling debts spiralled out of control and his recreational drug use became habitual, he stepped out of his front door with just the clothes on his back to contemplate how his life went so badly wrong.Dur [...]

    6. Wow! What a brutal, gruesome, scary, real read.How someone can lose it all very easily. And how going back to nature, to turn away from modern living, to live with similar broken people always ends up in chaos and madness. Excellent read.

    7. I found Wild Life to be an engaging work of fiction that left me contemplating and evaluating my perception of those living on the streets and the extremes that they have to go through in order to survive. Brown highlights important themes without being overbearing, reminding us of the importance of nature and the sources of food and nourishment it can provide, as well as the impending downfall of those who give in to temptation and do not right the wrongs that are a direct consequence of these [...]

    8. This was one of the best books I've read in a while! When a man stuck in the rut of a suburban life gets into major financial trouble, he actually does what we have all thought of doing at one point in our lives- fleeing society for the wilderness. Stumbling upon this colony of men who all have their own reasons/ stories, Adam becomes member of a self-sustaining world inside an abandoned park. For anyone who loved Lord of the Flies, this is a book for you! It answers the question of what would h [...]

    9. Adam will throw away his life after losing his job and gamble all his savings. Instead of facing the reality, he decides to leave his life When he tries to commit suicide he meets a group of homeless men, that will teach him what's more valuable in life.Ready to enter into the Wild Life?This is a story of acceptance and redemption, how to reconcile with your faults and try to live with them.This book has taught me that homeless men are human too, that maybe their life has fallen apart, but they [...]

    10. This book is fantastically well written and pacy. It is about the downfall of Adam, a high flying executive with a collection of the usual literary bad habits - gambling, drugs and a mistress. At first, as Adam comes to realise that his lifestyle has taken its toll, and unable to lie his way out of it any more, the book seems to tell a predictable journey of falling and redemption. Adam suddenly leaves home in the middle of the night. However, rather than sleeping in the streets, he finds himsel [...]

    11. I have just finished reading Wild Life, I read it very quickly, I was hooked from the start.This unusual tale (Legend Press seem to publish a great line in quirky different novels) tells the story of a guy who, down on his luck and desperate, is “adopted” by a group of similarly desperate and homeless men who live and survive together in a local park. At first all goes well but things soon deteriorate and life becomes frightening, violent and barbaric, in some ways it reminded me of Lord of [...]

    12. Expect the unexpectedThis book has made me late for work, helped my diet and made my insomnia a pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Liam Brown's Wild Life, and struggled to stop myself reading 'just one more page'. It's a tale that takes the reader on a journey. Every image, smell and taste comes alive, so much so that it's more like watching a movie than reading a book. I am now suffering from an end of book void that only a damned good read can bring on. More from this talented Birmingham a [...]

    13. For a reviewer to give this 5 stars, they must have not done much reading before. It's well written and easy to read but I skimmed the last 3rd as I just wanted it to go somewhere. It's far fetched and derivative and has too many coincidences.I'd recommend this to a young adult who might not be ready for Lord of the Flies

    14. A good read. Basically, man has nervous breakdown after losing his job and spends a year in a cult and things quickly go from good to bad to worse. I'm left feeling curious as to what will happen next to the narrator. Worth a shot if you feel in the mood for something a little different.

    15. A thought-provoking, darkly eloquent and decidedly quirky look at the dangers of success and the possible consequences of losing touch with ourselves and the world around us, Wild Life by Liam Brown is all of these things and much more.Narrated by the main character, Adam, a highly flying executive with an apparently perfect life (wife, children, money and all of its trappings), it brilliantly shows the pitfalls of such an existence. Adam is spiralling out of control with drug and gambling addic [...]

    16. Liam Brown’s Wild Life portrays the brutal depiction of survival as Brown explores the concept of wilderness. The story follows Adam, a troubled advertising salesman who loses his job and abandons his family. Fleeing his debtors, he takes to sleeping rough in a local park where a fraternity of homeless men befriend him. With echoes of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Brown illustrates how to go from civilised to feral in just a short amount of time. His ability to create a fascinating ye [...]

    17. There’s a lot to enjoy in this original and engaging novel. It’s well-written, well-paced and has at its heart a thought-provoking and interesting premise; what happens when the modern world doesn’t fulfil its promise? Adam is a successful and wealthy advertising salesman living the good life with his wife and family. But then he loses his job and can’t face the consequences. He runs away and ends up living rough. He meets a fellow vagrant, who is a bit different from the regular run of [...]

    18. Thank you to the author and the publisher, Legend Press, for a proof copy in exchange for an honest review.Have you ever wanted to escape the rat-race? Ever had that feeling that life would be so much simpler if we could just walk away from everyone and everything? That's just what Adam does. At the end of his tether, feeling worthless and bereft of any self-control, self-worth or hope, he walks away from his family and multitude of problems.He is saved by Rusty, who introduces him to a hidden p [...]

    19. Wild life centres on Adam, a corporate drone who through his mounting addictions and lack of control gives up his stable but mundane life and swaps it for living among nature.The novel demonstrates the harsh reality of what it is like to be utterly lost within something that is so comfortable. And in doing so juxtaposes it with an actual harsh reality of a natural habitat with its disorienting conditions and does so well. But Adam’s tale of survival also incorporates the men that he meets who [...]

    20. This is a type of Lord of the Flies story for adult homeless males. I am still looking back at the book trying to decide if anything deeper went on. Probably not. In many works of crime fiction the reader needs to suspend disbelief. I'm all for that. In Brown's contemporary urban 'fantasy' though it is more difficult to do that. I haven't seen it described as a 'fantasy' anywhere, but it's certainly close to that. In the middle of a city a failed businessman down on his luck in every sense disco [...]

    21. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Wildly descriptive of one man's descent into a much different state than he has lived in for all of his life; into a wilder life. A bit Lord of the Flies, which isn't a bad thing! Excellent writing, coupled with engaging story makes for a great book!

    22. This book became less predictable than the intro suggested - and the writing became less trite than the initial anticapitalist diatribe. Ultimately, though, I'm sure the barely believable "wild life" experience of the protagonist has been conveyed by numerous other writers - living without much isn't terribly cosy.

    23. We're still wild animals. Just try and remember what you are.What a fantastic book! I don't think it could get any realer! Check out my blog on Tuesday, 15th June for a blogtour :)

    24. Very well written, beautifully done. I liked the descriptions of things. However, the story a bit of a fairy tale?Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the book.

    25. Good concept and really interesting start, but things become less interesting- and at times quite predictable.

    26. I enjoyed this very much. A different kind of read for me and a very interesting "take" on an unseen world. Good stuff.

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