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The Empathy Problem

The Empathy Problem

‘You can’t put it down . . . precise and propulsive . . . a real page-turner’ Janice Forsyth Show, BBC Radio Scotland

‘It’s so good it’ll leave you wanting to change your own life’ Independent

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So far in his life, Gabriel – selfish, arrogant and happy to be so – has only ever thought about two things: money and himself. When he’s diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, he doesn’t see why anything should change.

But as the tumour grows, something strange starts happening. Whether Gabriel likes it or not, he’s becoming . . . nicer. Kinder. A better person.

And then he meets Caitlin. Before, he wouldn’t even have glanced at her; now he’s entranced. But real change takes time – and time is something Gabriel just doesn’t have.

As each day brings him closer to his last, has the one opportunity for a second chance passed him by?
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 11th August 2016

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781473605237

Reviews

Emotional porn for lefties . . . You can't put it down . . . precise and propulsive . . . a real page-turner
Janice Forsyth show, BBC Radio Scotland
A gripping look at an unlikeable character.
Psychologies
A very personal, compassionate and intimate read. Gavin Extence is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, he constantly surprises, challenges and stimulates with his barbed, so beautifully readable books. I sat up reading for most of the night, and even when I had turned the last page, I didn't want to put it down.
Lovereading.co.uk
A brilliant book about second chances in life by Gavin Extence. I am looking forward to what he is coming up with next!
Ela's Book Corner
This book is never sentimental and Extence doesn't make the mistake of having Gabriel suddenly becoming perfect but by the end he is someone you'd have as a friend. Along the way we learn the value of honesty, love, music and loyalty. As well as the joy of perfectly aimed revenge . . .
Jane & Bex Blog
I absolutely loved this story... Extence has such a dry, witty style of writing.
Marie Claire
The Empathy Problem is delightful, written in a warm, engaging voice and composed of short chapters that rattle along . . . An accessible read but one that prompts you to think about what it means to live a moral life. It's so good it 'll leave you wanting to change your own life, to be a better person.
Independent
Witty and sincere . . . very clever
Huffington Post
Another stand-out book from this outstanding author
Book of the Week, The Sun
Witty, insightful and tender, The Empathy Problem is a triumph. I loved it.
Random things Through my Letterbox blog
Extence keeps the twists and turns coming, full of mordant wit, until the bitter end.
Daily Mail
It's funny, well observed and heartfelt without being sentimental... a lovely, engaging read that'll leave you resolving to change your own life for the better.
Winq magazine
Extence's quick wit and smart use of dialogue, deployed throughout an eventful plot with a varied cast of distinct characters, add a degree of levity you'd find more often in a Hollywood screenplay . . . a healthy dose of Dickens . . . Extence piles on delight after delight . . . The Empathy Problem finds a way to make us smile through our tears.
Bookanista
Extence's novel is an absolute triumph, once again reiterating his skill for characterisation and voice.
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