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The Knot

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  557 ratings  ·  83 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
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Hardcover, 361 pages
Published August 2012 by Simon and Schuster (first published 2012)
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Petra Xtra Crunchy
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)
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Dan
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
Bob
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
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Allen Vincent
After reading a million books about events, it's nice to read a book about people. And what a book! I found the characters very believable and endearing. The story captivated me in a way not many books do.

Now the SPOILERS. If you haven't read it, DON'T read on.

From early in the book, there are definite signs that Dominic has feelings for his sister Victoria that go beyond brotherly love and that eventually lead to an extreme you can guess. Other reviewers seem to take this as the defining point
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Jeanette (jema)
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Jane
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
Kelly
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
Louise
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Clare Hudson
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
Nick Hayhoe
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
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Yun Zhen
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
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Lucy Clayton
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
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Snoakes
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.
Mehaddowtbp
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
Louise Ebenhöh
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
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
Donald
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
Kelly
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-
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Glimmerfee
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
Penny
Other than the product design on this book, I didn't read any reviews as I knew I would be buying it anyway based on the authors previous book, 'Eleven', which I thoroughly enjoyed.

In a nutshell the story spans decades of a photographers life, giving us little 'snapshots' into his everyday life, his job, his wife and daughter, his family, paying attention to the relationship with his sister in particular. All is going well with this story until one fateful experience that is to change both thei
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Steven Pilling
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
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David
Another spur of the moment purchase from the Amazon Deal of the Day. I was aware of Mark Watson as a stand-up comedian but hadn't realised he was also a writer of novels with a decent reputation. This is a terrific book and I enjoyed it immensely. Whilst it was mainly light hearted, it also dealt with some fairly complex issues in a sensitive fashion. I did dock a star because there seemed to be a few continuity issues in the book (or whatever the literary equivalent is). They were all pretty mi ...more
Helen Watts
I bought this book after seeing Mark Watson do live stand-up at Warwick Arts Centre. I didn't know anything about it but was curious to see what his writing might be like. I also read the book after reading J K Rowlings's Casual Vacancy, which left me fairly cold. (Well, it was kind of okay, and that's about it.) But to say that this book was therefore a pleasant surprise does it an injustice. It doesn't just compare favourably to JK's offering, it simply smashes it.

This is a book in which you c
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Shanna
Having seen Mark Watson's comedy I was keen to read this book, the first of his novels I have purchased. A surprisingly challenging read, I'm not sure if saying I enjoyed it is appropriate given the issues tackled but enjoy it, I did.

Like other reviewers I felt the ending was rather unnecessary, however the rest of the writing delighted me with its unflinching look at relationships, how people present themselves to the world at large whilst battling with their true selves and the passage of time
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Rebecca
From the blurb, I was expecting this to be more a story about what Dom got up to/saw at various weddings he attended but it ended up being so much more and I really enjoyed it. I wasn't sure about some of the time jumps, because it felt that it led to Mark Watson describing the events instead of Dom feeling them - e.g. his relationships deteriorated or rebuilt and it felt like the process wasn't explored enough because too much time had to be covered in each section. I wasn't as bothered about h ...more
Louise Self
I had not read Mark Watson before but thought I would give it a chance, I don't normally like it when "celebs" write novels. It seems a bit of a cheat.
This is brilliant, however, and I will definitely be reading further Mark Watson books. This story is heartbreaking and lovely and funny and tear-jerking... usually all in the same page!
Prakhar Srivastava
Let's start by saying this is a book about life. We slowly learn about how Dominic kitchens life has progressed from his days of a toddler to a young adult with the world at his feet, right to the implied bitter end. This style of writing really does make you consider how your own life is panning out, and what might lay ahead. Watson really nails the sense of perspective, and as an 18 year old with my life seemingly ahead of me, this book really did make me consider what life really entails.

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Ailsa Britain
A disturbing subject, but I loved this book and thought it was beautifully written - I devoured it in just a couple of days. Wonderful characterisation and I could really visualise all of them (particularly Victoria who, in my head, definitely needs to be played by Frances Barber if and when this is ever televised)
Kate Ainsworth
Have to agree with Bob, one of the best books I've read in ages. And hurrah! A new author to discover with three books to get lost in. Very moving account of a life and everything that gets thrown at you. I found it a totally honest, funny and thought provoking novel.
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