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Terms & Conditions

Glancy, Robert

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Terms & Conditions
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Frank has been in a car accident*. The doctor tells him he lost his spleen, but Frank believes he has lost more. He is missing memories - of those around him, of the history they share and of how he came to be in the crash. All he remembers is that he is a lawyer who specialises in small print**. In the wake of the accident Frank begins to piece together his former life - and his former self. But the picture that emerges, of his marriage, his family and the career he has devoted years to, is not necessarily a pretty one. Could it be that the terms and conditions by which Frank has been living are not entirely in his favour***? In the process of unravelling the knots into which his life has been tied, he learns that the devil really does live in the detail and that it's never too late to rewrite your own destiny. *apparently quite a serious one **words that no one ever reads *** and perhaps never have been.
Publisher: London, Bloomsbury,, 2014
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9781620406434
1620406438
1408852217
9781408852217
Characteristics: 258 pages ;,22 cm
Alternate Title: Terms and conditions

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Oct 26, 2014
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A unique novel in it's chapter style and perspective. The story of frank, a corporate lawyer who write terms and conditions into contracts in the family firm. Each chapter is headed as though it is the T & C's of some feeling, event, problem. Very refreshing and short chapters make for a snappy, quirky read. Basically the story of Frank and his relationships with his wife, brother, workmates after a serious car accident that has left him with very little memory of his life. He slowly reclaims some memories while also suffering a breakdown and behaving like a person that anyone who knows him doesn't recognise. A great wet afternoon read, it brought many a smile to my face.

"Frank -- a lawyer who specialises in the sort of fine print found in contracts, the kind that nobody reads -- is suffering from memory loss following a serious car accident. But despite help from friends and family, he's beginning to doubt their honesty, since what they tell him doesn't jibe with what he feels or the memories he's gradually recovering. Rife with the footnotes that his career prepared him for, Frank's story takes the form of a contract -- it may not sound funny, but Terms & Conditions is inventive and memorable, full of dark, wry humour." Fiction A to Z October 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/b4d75948-aeaa-4817-ab98-70bcd4d15106?postId=c3f00842-81e3-434e-b56a-37ff9a3716d8

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Is contract attorney Franklin Shaw an unreliable narrator? It’s hard to tell since a car accident left his mind wiped clean, and his gradually recovered memories don’t jibe with the things that his friends and family tell him. Are they lying? Are his memories real? Glancy has written a wry, bleak comedy of (lawyer’s office) manners.

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