Book of the Film of the Story of My Life, The
Nominated for the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards
Imagine your ex-wife is a filmstar and her face is everywhere you look; your own production company is failing; and at the age of 42 youre living in London on handouts from your parents. But then a surprise invitation to a millionaires birthday party on a remote Pacific island provides the opportunity to cause some mayhem of your own . . .
This first novel from the prizewinning author of Alpha Male is both moving and laugh-out-loud funny and has been raved about by both readers and critics.
Nomination for the 2003 Montanas, The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life has been published in the UK by Jonathan Cape and in early 2005 will be released in the US by Warner Books.
Praise for The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life
I was continually chuckling, chortling or breaking into hysterical laughter as I read this book, and the reason was not so much any specific one-liner although there are a good few of those as Brandts pitch-perfect ear for the rhythms of everyday language.
Brandt's prose would be funny regardless of context, but it's his ability to create well-observed, complex and believable characters - characters you care about, even when you want to wring their necks - that makes him stand out. This is a dazzling piece of writing.
David Larsen NZ HERALD
...a well written, moving story which manages to be genuinely funny.
David Sovka OTAGO DAILY TIMES
Brandt's sophisticated, stylish first novel would make a perfect present for curmudgeonly friends who decry New Zealand as dour, portentous and altogether too difficult.
Margot Schwass DOMINION POST
...an outstanding, hilarious debut novel...the "feel-good" read of the year.
Steve Scott CHRISTCHURCH PRESS
One of the "Books of the Year 2002" - SUNDAY STAR TIMES, DOMINION POST, NZ HERALD