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Being Someone is a life story, a love story, a human story. James has fallen through life, plotting a course of least resistance, taking each day as it comes and waiting for that indefinable something to turn up, to give his story meaning. His journey lacks one vital element a fellow traveller. Then he meets Lainey. Confident. Beautiful. Captivating. And James rewrites him

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Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Urbane Publications Limited
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Tripfiction
Jul 02, 2015 Tripfiction rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novel set in Mysore and London (“the writing in this book is extremely engaging”)

I came across this book because there was a spike of considerable hype on social media, highlighting the author’s use of location and quality of his writing. There were also some impressive reviews around, so it sounded like a top pick.

There are essentially two strands to this book. The first concerns the relationship between a mahout and his elephant in India and the process of training this particular elephant, wh
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Jackie Law
Oct 08, 2015 Jackie Law rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being Someone, by Adrian Harvey, is a story of relationships, love and of personhood. It explores how each individual lives with themselves; how this may be moulded; how each is seen through other’s eyes, and how difficult this is to control. With the lightest of touches the author burrows deep into the human psyche.

The tale is told in non-linear fashion, moving around in time and place. It opens in India with the story of an elephant and a death at a parade. It then takes the reader to late 199
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Katie Brock
Sep 12, 2016 Katie Brock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I received this book from a fellow book blogger, I admit at first, I was sceptical. I actually really enjoyed it, the contrast between the settings of India and London gave me an insight into a culture that I've never really read about much, especially the relationship of the elephant and his mamout. Elephants being a big part of Indian culture, it was nice to see them included. At first, I had no idea why the story of Iravatha and Annayya was included, but in some ways, I feel that it ...more
Lizzy Baldwin
Jun 17, 2015 Lizzy Baldwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, the writing is absolutely beautiful; mature and with a deep understanding of how to construct characters, the writing is warm and inviting. James comes across as intelligent and worldly whilst Lainey comes across as bubbly and delicate but with an intelligence and darker, milder side that makes her even easier to warm to.

I couldn’t put the book down, as the words seemed to roll from the page and wrap themselves around me as I was consumed into the relationship between Lainey and James.
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Leah Moyse
May 04, 2015 Leah Moyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This books starts us off in India a long time ago with an elephant that went by the name of Iravatha. Admittedly not the start I was expecting upon reading the synopsis. It soon becomes clear though, when in the following chapters we change time and location altogether and meet James the main protaganist of the story.

James, James, James. I went from wanting to take him for a pint and give him a good talking to, to falling out with him. In the end all I felt for him was compassion. It took the f
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Sonya Alford
Dec 31, 2015 Sonya Alford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.

James has gone through life, taking each and every day as it comes, whilst all the time waiting for that special something to turn up. Amongst other things he loves travelling to India. His ongoing journey seems to be lacking one vital element though, a fellow traveller.

Then he meets the lovely Lainey. She is everything James wants and more and he is determined to win her heart. Lainey gives James a reason to grow an
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Michelle Ryles
Sep 05, 2015 Michelle Ryles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
It started off a bit odd, with an elephant in India - I thought I had picked up the wrong book, but then the description of the parade was so atmospheric that I could have read a whole book about Indian elephants and been completely content. Then the author flies us across continents to London and James makes an appearance. He meets Lainey in a professional capacity and, when they accidentally meet later in a social environment, I really felt that something special had begun.

James and Lainey app
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Dave
Dec 04, 2014 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring, and thought provoking literary Novel. A change of genre for me, but what a refreshing piece of writing to make that change with. A tale of love, loss, self preservation and every emotion any human has experienced. I can't recommend this book enough. Lovely!
Linda Hill
Jul 10, 2015 Linda Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Since escaping the East Midlands to find his fortune in the big city, Adrian Harvey has combined a career in and around government with trying to see as much of the world as he can. He lives in North London, which he believes to be the finest corner of the world's greatest city; Being Someone was his first novel, The Cursing Stone his second.
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