A dissolute chef is beaten up on the eve of his divorce and awakes from his coma with no recollection of his unsavoury past. Harry thinks he is 18 and can't remember anything past that. His wife doesn't tell him about his past and tries to form him into a better person. However, when Harry discovers his recent past he is shaken and tries to carry on as normal.
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Colin Bateman worked as a journalist in Ireland before becoming a full-time writer. His first novel, Divorcing Jack, was published in 1995 and won the Betty Trask Prize. Colin later adapted the novel for a film starring David Thewlis and Rachel Griffiths. Colin is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, including several that he has adapted for the screen. He has also written several children's books including Reservoir Pups and Bring Me The Head Of Oliver Plunkett. In May 2010, Bateman won the Crimefest Last Laugh Award for his novel The Day of the Jack Russell. His new book, The Prisoner of Brenda, featuring the return of the inimitable Mystery Man, was published in October 2012.Review:
'Bateman has barged fearlessly into the previously unsuspected middle ground between Carl Hiaasen and Irvine Welsh and claimed it for his own' GQ
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