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The Knot

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  962 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
Dominic Kitchen is a wedding photographer. Every Saturday since his career began in the sixties he has photographed a bride and groom on the happiest day of their lives, captured the moment they tied the knot forever, and then faded away into the background.

But throughout his life, Dominic has felt a knot inside him tighten, threatening his own chance of a happy ever after
Hardcover, 361 pages
Published August 2012 by Simon and Schuster (first published 2012)
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Petar X
May 05, 2015 Petar X rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2013-reviews
This is contemporary fiction at it's lightest hiding a dark secret that could have made it fascinating but it needed to be a work of more depth for that.

None of the characters were particularly endearing and most of them weren't particularly believable either. I intensely disliked the ending but that was a personal thing, others might not feel the same. (view spoiler)
Sep 06, 2012 Dan rated it liked it
Never before have I had such mixed feelings about a book when I've finished it. This book is essentially a fictional memoir which pretty much tells everything that happened in the life of wedding photographer Dominic Kitchen. The titular knot comes in two distinct ways. One is from tying the knot what with their being lots of weddings, both professionally and involving family members. The second comes from the knot in the stomach, the feeling of unease or distress that Dominic has. That unease c ...more
Allen Vincent
Dec 05, 2013 Allen Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 05, 2014 Bob rated it it was amazing
I don't say this lightly but, this has to be one of the best books I've read in a long time. Not only is it fun, moving, easy to read, and all the other superlatives that folks use far too easily, but it is really well written. The pace is a delight, it rattles along without the reader even knowing they're doing it. I finished the last chapter, put the book down, looked out of the window and realised I was in Iceland. Time was getting on and I needed beer. No easy task in Reykjavik!
Seriously tho
Dec 03, 2012 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dominic ist der Nachzügler der Familie, seine Geschwister sind viel älter als er. Sein Bruder Max ist ehrgeizig, schafft den Sprung nach Oxford und macht Karriere und verdient sehr gut. Seine Schwester Victoria ist unangepasst und Dominic bewundert sie uneingeschränkt, sie ist für ihn ‚Überlebensgroß‘ und noch viel mehr. Sie ist es auch, die in Dominic die Liebe zur Fotografie weckt und so mit einer Kamera, die sie ihm schenkt, den Grundstein für seinen Beruf legt. So ist Dominic jedes Wochenend ...more
Apr 09, 2014 Jane rated it it was ok
I really, really want to rate this higher but I just can't, maybe 2 and a half at a push. I loved Eleven and was expecting something as complex and well-written but I was disappointed. It's nothing to do with the sensitive subject matter, which was handled about as delicately as possible, I just didn't really warm to anyone. I also struggled with parts of the ending. Victoria finding out their Mothers secret didn't really change anything and I wasn't really sure how Beth suddenly becoming a majo ...more
Jan 18, 2013 Pixelina rated it it was ok
Shelves: bbc-radio, z2013-read
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Jul 09, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is one of those books I found myself flipping back to the cover to wonder about as I read. Because the main character is a wedding photographer, the title makes sense, but the light attitude of the artwork seems to contradict the serious tone of the book. Told as a memoir, the story details the life and relationships of Dominic -- those of his immediate family, his family as a married man, and his professional life as a photographer. Anyone drawn to this book because of the wedding photogra ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Louise rated it liked it
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Clare Hudson
Sep 23, 2013 Clare Hudson rated it it was ok
Hmmm... really not sure about my feelings on this one - didn't like the subject matter and, although it was well written, I had absolutely no sympathy/empathy or connection with any of the characters. They all needed to get a grip and sort themselves out (sorry if that's an over generalisation). Would only recommend it to avid readers - if you don't read very much then pick something else - there's far too many other good books out there, in my opinion. Would be interested in reading another one ...more
Aug 06, 2015 Selma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
light. enjoyed it.
Mar 30, 2015 Kenny rated it it was ok
Hmmm. Mark Watson's day job is a comedian, and for one who often appears on panel shows, with a relatively unusual line in just being upbeat, happy and certainly not caustic. I read the excellent Eleven on holiday a couple of years back and thoroughly enjoyed it (proper beach reading), so I was looking forward to this. Even though it wasn't really clear what the book was about.

But, beware books that do this...ok, if the blurb read, a slightly dull, if convincingly written bloke grows up, goes th
Nick Hayhoe
Apr 24, 2014 Nick Hayhoe rated it really liked it
Okay. You want to know something? It's a bit of a cliche to admit to this sort of thing but...Mark Watson is one of my heroes. Hilarious comic, brilliant author and all round nice fellow. I don't find myself being a 'big fan' of many things (The Who, Norwich City and John Lennon being exceptions) but I certainly am of Watson.

I brought the Knot on release day, as you'd naturally expect from a 'big fan', and read the entire book in about three or four days. You can read into that as much as you wa
Yun Zhen
Jul 05, 2014 Yun Zhen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book definitely went into some taboo topics I had no idea I would be reading about when I picked up the book. But even so, it was a good read in the end.

The book reads like a fictional autobiography with the main character, Dominic Kitchen recounting most of his life from childhood, eventually stopping at his daughter's wedding.

This book was not great in the sense that none of the characters were characters you would adore or love and I didn't take to any of them at all. But perhaps that
Jul 31, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing
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Lucy Clayton
Aug 02, 2014 Lucy Clayton rated it liked it
I picked up this book looking for a bit of light summer reading, having loved, and I mean LOVED (with capital letters indeed) Mark Watson's previous work, 'Eleven'. But I'm afraid that this story has left me a bit conflicted and confused, and anything but full of the jollities of summer.

Here, we still have flashes of Watson's sharp and quintessentially British wit. This I like. I also like the start. The end felt "right" and satisfying. Victoria was a joy to read. But something was missing from
Jan 06, 2014 Snoakes rated it it was amazing
For some reason, Mark Watson's novels had passed me by until Eleven was a kindle daily deal last year sometime. I really enjoyed that, so I downloaded The Knot and it is every bit as enjoyable. Mark Watson is a very talented storyteller.
I'm really looking forward to Hotel Alpha now.
Dec 12, 2014 Nigel rated it liked it
There is nothing wrong with Watson's writing. An emotional story, told in a memoir style that, Throughout, made me reminisce about my childhood and remember relationships past and present, which I quite enjoyed.I should imagine he saw or read something that piqued his interest in this disturbing idea, where the inbuilt mechanism that prevents it from happening,breaks down and therefore decided, it was a tale worth telling.
That's as maybe, but unfortunately I did not feel empathy towards any of t
Lorraine Currie
Sep 01, 2014 Lorraine Currie rated it did not like it
I would not recommend this book to anyone. I even left it behind. It presents as light summer reading, a tragi comedy it states. Its actually a story of incest and I struggled to find much humour in it at all.
Aug 03, 2014 mehaddow rated it it was ok
From the blurb I was greatly enthused about this book. I think the premise of the narrator being a wedding photographer and having secrets that threaten to come out is a good one. However, it falls flat in that the wedding photography really doesn't have any relation to anything, or to the secret. The secret, too, is absolutely disappointing and is not something I felt I could relate to or understand, even with the author's careful coaxing. There is also a lot that happens in this book - it take ...more
Miriam Joy
This wasn't really my thing. I borrowed it from the library on a whim. While it's well-written, it just didn't quite capture my imagination -- a little too straight and a little too romancey, I think. I grew attached to some of the characters, but that attachment didn't really go anywhere, and the story covers such a huge period of time (50+ years) that it created a real sense of distance between me and the story, you know? I prefer things that have a closer focus so that you feel entirely invol ...more
Dec 26, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the most unexpected books I've ever read. Maybe it's because I didn't do any research into it before I bought it - I don't even remember if I read the blurb?! - since I'd enjoyed Mark Watson's 'Eleven' so much. Just a warning that this book should be kept to more adult readers as there are some themes that can be considered to be very sensitive, and it's not for the faint hearted! Some of it was completely shocking to me, but I grew to love all of the characters in their own ...more
Louise Ebenhöh
Jun 30, 2014 Louise Ebenhöh rated it really liked it
I found this book very absorbing and certainly easy to read to the end. I wanted to know what happened and rattled through it pretty quickly. I found Dominic an interesting if infuriating character and his central problem/torment/the knot to be really well developed and realised. I loved the ending - I had a real "yeeeehaaaa!!" feeling at the end - which I hadn't anticipaed given the mood Music of the book up to that point. I would recommend it - I gave it a four star because I'm a happy sort of ...more
Jayne Charles
May 16, 2014 Jayne Charles rated it really liked it
When it comes to bringing social taboos to the masses, this book does a pretty good job – very readable, full of interesting characters...but some readers might find themselves put off by the way the plot unfolds. It’s hard to say more without leaving spoilers - I guess you just have to try it and see. I thought it was a pretty good story – though I often wished the central characters were more likeable. The narrator’s sister in particular I found rather bossy and bumptious. On the other hand, t ...more
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Aug 24, 2014 Donald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Watson is a funny guy live, and on TV. The books he writes however, are not hilarious romps. They are bittersweet slices of life. The Knot is the lifestory of a wedding photographer, who's much older brother and sister become high fliers, while he slogs away every weekend snapping yet another blushing bride and the assorted guests in their finery. His at first close knit family grow apart, and he has his own secret to keep. Much has been made of this in other reviews, but it's barely skirte ...more
Mar 20, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
I was just supposed to start reading this book but once I'd read the first page I was doomed to a one-sitting reading. I thought it was great. The book as a whole is well-written, the plot simple and yet always progressing and the characters were all well-developed.

The book revolves around Dominic Kitchen a wedding photographer who is writing his memoirs, detailing his entire life from start to finish. The interesting parts anyway. This style meant that you know Dom on a really personal and in-
Steven Pilling
Sep 27, 2012 Steven Pilling rated it really liked it
If Mark Watson wasnt known as Mark Watson Commedian and author im sure this book would have more publicityand possibly be better regarded.
It would be classified as bloke lit by most,despite the fact that it avoids most bloke lit cliches such as football and music (it actually confronts and plays with both cliches early on.) but i think it is not although it has the best parts of a decent Hornby novel.
What i found was a refreshing novel, that used the characters job to allow it to move from set
May 23, 2016 Mancman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2016
My first foray into the work of Mark Watson, and I'm not really sure what to make of it.
I didn't know what to expect from a novel written by ostensibly a stand up comedian.

That may be a good thing, as without preconceptions I can judge it on its merits.
The characters were well drawn, and believable. The dialogue felt natural and real.

I'm not sure about the storyline, without putting spoilers in, it's hard to expand on that.

But it's an interesting, quirky read, not sure it's one I'll revisit, but
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Mark Andrew Watson (born 13 February 1980) is an English stand-up comedian and novelist.

Watson was born in Bristol to Welsh parents. He has younger twin sisters called Emma and Lucy and brother Paul. He attended Henleaze Junior school and then Bristol Grammar School, where he won the prize of 'Gabbler of the year', before going to Queens' College, Cambridge, where he studied English, graduating wi
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