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The Baggage Handler

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Martin White, editor of The Shallow Review of Books, likes his life as he likes his work: shallow. Living in purposeful near-isolation in the middle of a crowded city, he keeps his relationships superficial and his life uncomplicated. His deliberate avoidance of social potholes prompts his colleagues to turn to him for assistance handling their own life and relationship ba ...more
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published January 11th 2012 by Colin Browne
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Nadine Larter
Jun 26, 2012 Nadine Larter rated it it was amazing
It's scary when you have a book written by a friend on your bookshelf. To be honest - my pile of books written by people I know is getting bigger and I very seldom tend to it as I am a pure coward. Even if you don't know that friend very well, there definitely exists a bit of tension between yourself and this book that you feel kind of obligated to. I know in some worlds a five star rating for a friend is a given - and I do not disagree with this because I believe that completely unbridled and b ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
I was initially drawn to this book after reading (and loving) Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman and really enjoying the male perspective on love. This book had been compared to it so I was intrigued.

Martin is a likeable character and his backwardness was charming to me. When he fell for Kasia, he fell hard and wholeheartedly. He was trying the best he knew how and I began rooting for him right away. Kasia, on the other hand, had her own issues and made him work for every inch of ground he was t
Mar 05, 2012 Emma rated it liked it
Martin is the writer of a successful column called The Shallow Review of Books. Instead of actually reading the books, he gives people what they want to hear: which celebrity is reading what. At work, Martin is known as the baggage handler; someone people go to when they want to share their problems and emotional baggage. Being the resident agony aunt has helped Martin realize that baggage is something he doesn’t need. Like his reviews, Martin’s life is shallow. When a new co-worker from Poland ...more
Tracey Sexton
Mar 04, 2012 Tracey Sexton rated it really liked it
I read the Baggage Handler because the author suggested I read it. Usually I read crime fiction, mystery and lots of non-fiction publications, and haven't read a "romance" book for a long time. It took a while for me adjust to the plot, I kept wondering when the murder would take place. This book is not the usual romance book.
I don’t think that Martin is unusual when it comes to trying to get the attention of ones we desire, some of us too, have been known to behave awkwardly and do weird stuff
My last read was a serious and somewhat sad one so I felt I needed a complete contrast. In choosing The Baggage Handler I certainly found something that made me smile, romance and relationships from a male point of view. Not yet to the standard of Nick Hornby or Tony Parsons but he could be one day as this is after all a début novel.

A pleasant enough easy read but it is not going to be a memorable one as I felt the storyline was all very superficial, never allowing the reader to really get to kn
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Baggage Handler. From a reading point of view, I found it easy to read and I could identify with the tone and language of the book. It had a light hearted, witty humour. I thought the characters were well worked, and very different from each other, and you always felt as though you could have met any one of them in your own life.
The story line was nice and simple, you wanted Martin to take his foot out of his mouth and make head way with the girl of his dreams bu
Jan 31, 2012 Claudia rated it really liked it
I read the baggage handler while I was on holiday and got so absorbed in Martins adventures I could hardly put it down.

Martin White may think he has all the answers, but when Kasia turns up he realises he is as hopeless (if not more so) than most the people who are constantly asking for his advice. He does his best to win the lovely Kasia over but he learns that sometimes life and love, just aren't that easy. There are many twists and turns which produce some hysterical, and occasionally embarra
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
May 18, 2014 Yvonne (Fiction Books) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvonne (Fiction Books) by: Author Review Request
"Certainly No 'Shallow Review' Of 'The Baggage Handler' From Fiction Books!"

It didn't take long to recognise that to read this book I would have to be quite broad-minded, as being written by a man, conversing predominantly with other men, it was suitably replete with what I would describe as mens `locker-room' humour, innuendo and language. In the overall context of the story though, I didn't find this overtly offensive or overused.

This was certainly a character based novel rather than plot base
Richard Mulholland
Feb 23, 2012 Richard Mulholland rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I really loved this book. It was chickfic for dudes. It took me a few chapters to start relating to Martin, the protagonist, but once you're in, you're in. I also think I may be in love with Kasia.

Highly recommended, Nick Hornsby, move over!
Aydin Kintziger
Jul 23, 2012 Aydin Kintziger rated it really liked it
Thoroughly entertaining; very hard to put this one down. Romantic comedy/drama for guys.
Dec 01, 2014 Nic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent read. Fairly predictable but not bad escapism.
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I don't know where I'm from, but my best guess is that I'm South African though that's really a twist-of-fate rather than a birthright. Born in England, I moved to Belgium when I was two, South Africa when I was 12, Dubai when I was 25, back to South Africa when I was 31, London when I was 40 and these days I call Johannesburg home.

I've done some fun stuff. I helped start a successful business in
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