Gabriel's Angel

Gabriel s Angel Quote from Bestselling author Christopher Brookmyre You might think you d rather die than go through group therapy but what if death was no escape Gabriel s Angel is the perfect antidote to the glib

  • Title: Gabriel's Angel
  • Author: Mark A. Radcliffe
  • ISBN: 9780955336782
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • Quote from Bestselling author Christopher Brookmyre You might think you d rather die than go through group therapy, but what if death was no escape Gabriel s Angel is the perfect antidote to the glib platitudes of emotional quick fix culture tender, astute and very, very funny Gabriel bell is a grumpy 44 year old web journalist irritated by the accumulating disappointmenQuote from Bestselling author Christopher Brookmyre You might think you d rather die than go through group therapy, but what if death was no escape Gabriel s Angel is the perfect antidote to the glib platitudes of emotional quick fix culture tender, astute and very, very funny Gabriel bell is a grumpy 44 year old web journalist irritated by the accumulating disappointments of life He and his girlfriend Ellie want to start a family, but Gabriels has so few sperm he can name them and knit them flippers So it s IVF, which is expensive Losing his job was bad enough, but getting run over and waking up to find himself in a therapy group run by angels really annoys him.In Gabriels group are a professional killer and his last victim, as well as the woman whose car put Gabriel and herself in a coma From this therapeutic community, just beneath Heaven, they can see the lives of those they have left behind and how they cope Will the one hit wonder resurrect his Eighties band for a reunion tour And can Ellie and her friends retrieve what they need from Gabriel s comatose body, so that she at least can finish what they started If the group do well in therapy they may be a allowed to pass into Heaven, or go back to finish their lives If not, it s Hell Or worse, therapy.

    One thought on “Gabriel's Angel”

    1. Mark Radcliffe is a radio DJ first, author second.Brits might know him as one half of 'Mark and Lard' on BBC Radio One in the '90s.It's been pointed out to me that this wasn't written by the well known British DJ, but by another talented chap with the same name!Ha! This is just typical of me! Perhaps not surprisingly, the prose is no-nonsense and laddish, but this makes for an easy-reading, often humorous, page-turner.Gabriel Bell is grumpy enough in real life, but becomes even grumpier in death [...]

    2. Gabriel's Angel is an emotionally complex story. The lead character Gabriel is frustrated and unfulfilled in his job. His relationship with his partner, Ellie, is marred by the fact that they cannot conceive. The frustrations of IVF and life make them something of a lost couple, unhappy and angry at their lot. An accident leads to Gabriel having to look closely at his life and his choices but is it too late to change things?Radcliffe sets up similar scenarios with others characters at turning po [...]

    3. Part of the beauty of it is just how easy it is to read - I got through this book so quickly and smoothly, like a hot knife through butter. But while it's easy to read, it's certainly not because the writing is simple or not trying hard enough, it's just because the writing style is so crystal clear and yet so inviting at the same time. It has a very original concept at the heart of it, which makes it appealing to me in a literary world swamped with millions of stories that are so similar to eac [...]

    4. better than most things I've read recently but by no means amazingwas hoping it was by the other Mark Radcliffe.Super idea to have angels running therapy sessions for the nearly and newly deaddeed as someone said,maybe that was he'll.Gabriel was a great character, I enjoyed his parts and the story of Ellis and the ivfere was lots in there that made me smile,but a lot that didn't tooe whole dogs and tuba storyline felt like a waste of time right up to the inevitable endinggood book to begin,would [...]

    5. I came across this while looking for a book by the other Mark Radcliffe (the DJ one). I really liked the premise, so I thought I'd give it a punt. I'm really glad I did, it's a great story, well written and thoroughly enjoyable. I shall be reading Stranger than Kindness soon (not least because it shares its title with a Nick Cave song).

    6. I though this was a great story! Funny, honest, entertaining and wise!In a way it makes you think about your own life and the people in it. It reminds you to tell the people you care for that you care for them, before it's to late. I love this book, I might even read it again someday.

    7. How funny!!! Such an easy enjoyable read which is ultimately A character based book not issue based. There is hope for all of us yet, a few plausible counselling sessions with God and our next journey is underway. If you believe in life after death it's a small sacrifice I say!!

    8. I raced through this book in less than a day because I literally couldn't put it down - highly enjoyable read and unlike anything else I've ever read. Would definitely recommend this book and I can't wait to read his other novel 'Stranger Than Kindness'!

    9. Amazing book.An unusual story. Very believable characters good and bad. I was riveted one of those where you want to know the end but don't want it to finish. Quite a nice little twist at the end.

    10. I loved the honest and down to earth (ironic really) characters. An unusual setting and circumstances lead to a very good plot. Not for the easily offended and at the right moments funny and emotive, revealing the complex nature of life. A super read. Recommended.

    11. Know the author and could see bits of Mark throughout this book. It made me laugh, despite being about death and IVF, and I loved the concept.

    12. Great idea for a book with some good characters but it tailed off a little at the end with a bit of tweeness. Still a good read though.

    13. It's not what I thought it would be. Almost walked away from it, but I trudged on. All and all, not bad, but not great.

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