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When a desperate car dealer advertises a competition with a simple premise -- that each contestant must keep one hand on a car at all times, and the last one standing will drive away the owner of a new Land Rover -- he sets in motion a chain of events that brings together an oddball group of individuals, each with a desperate need to win.

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Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Washington Square Press (first published September 1st 2007)
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Amanda
Aug 10, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
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This was a nice surprise. The story involves a contest to win a Land Rover by being the last person with your hand still on the car...the contestant aren't allowed to sleep, must stand, and are given a 5 minute break every 2 hours. This story reminded me a lot of Stephen King's The Long Walk...the stories are similar and both show what happen to humans after long periods of no sleep. This story was a lot less sinister than The Long Walk but there are definitely similarities between the two. Over ...more
Franzie Lovegood
Die Moral von der Geschicht',
die fand ich nicht.
Obwohl vom Schreiben her schön,
konnt ich mich nicht dran gewöhn'.
Warum ich gerade reime,
man fragt es sich.
Drum antworte ich,
ich weiß es nicht.
Anthonys andere Werke,
die hatten alle viel mehr Stärke.

Also alles in allem
hat es mir leider nicht sehr gefallen.
Roxy
Aug 15, 2013 Roxy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ganz schön langweilig...
Anna Schmelzer
Nov 01, 2014 Anna Schmelzer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books!
July
Feb 15, 2012 July rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Leute, die Psychologie mögen
Recommended to July by: Tante
Als erstes - warum ich dem Buch nur 3 und nicht 4 Sterne gegeben habe: weil ich mich nicht entscheiden konnte :) Und ich fand 4 Sterne für das Buch zu gut, denn so gut war es nicht.

Die Geschichte ist seeeeeeeeeeeeeehr psychologisch.
Es geht im Grunde genommen darum, dass sich 2 Hauptpersonen (Jess und Tom), die beide ein völlig unterschiedliches Leben führen, zufällig bei einem Wettbewerb eines Autohändlers kennenlernen, bei dem noch viele andere Tausend Leute aus London mitmachen. 40 werden au
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Janet
Feb 01, 2015 Janet rated it really liked it
This weird English novel is about a crooked car dealer who wishes to jump-start his failing car business by running a contest.The person who is the last one standing, who continues to put at least one hand on the car, wins a new car. However, the car isn't new, and the dealer has many issues. So do the people in the contest. It centers on the woman who wants the car to carry her wheel-chair bound daughter, the Mensa man who needs to pull himself out of debt due to his last business venture, the ...more
Larry Hoffer
Have you ever seen or read about one of those competitions where people have to keep one hand on a car as long as possible in order to win it? This book tells the story of a group of English folks participating in such a contest, dreamed up by a car dealer struggling to make ends meet (and dealing with challenges of his own). It focuses on a few characters in particular--Jess, a meter maid and single mother of a quadriplegic daughter, and Nick, a full-of-himself blowhard whose self-confidence is ...more
Marjanne
Apr 13, 2009 Marjanne rated it liked it
I would actually give this a 3.5 stars. I liked the story; it was unusual even if a little predictable. The characters were interesting. The story is centered around a contest to win a new car, where the winner is the person that has kept their hand on the car the longest. Naturally all the contestants have their different reasons for wanting to win a car. There is a little language, but it didn't seem too over the top for me. It was interesting to see the characters get to know each other throu ...more
Liz
Jan 15, 2012 Liz added it
A very interesting book about an unlikely topic; a contest to win a car by holding on to it for as long as one can hold out without sleep. A group of disadvantaged people with different reasons for needing to win a car, and an unscrupulous used car dealer whose business will go under without a new publicity gimmick. A really suspenseful psychological story about what can happen when altruism and self-interest conflict.
Amy Langford
Apr 07, 2011 Amy Langford rated it really liked it
This is a fun novel about some London citizens who enter a competition to win a car by seeing who can keep one hand on a car the longest (with a break every hour). This is a character-driven story, and McCarten has a great sense for the range of human emotion and brings it forward with humor and a sense of understanding and even compassion. I read this book on our vacation in Europe and couldn't put it down at the end of long days, even though I was exhausted.
Martinet
Sep 30, 2011 Martinet rated it liked it
This book is similar in premise to the contest portrayed in the documentary "Hands on a Hard Body" (people compete to win a car by seeing who can stand with one hand on it the longest, without sleeping). It was a little hard to get into (largely because the first character encountered is so unpleasant) but then I stayed up way later than I should have last night to finish because I had to see who won. That's gotta count for something.
Joanne
May 05, 2009 Joanne rated it really liked it
An enjoyable book that is quite different from most others I have read. This one takes place at an auto dealers in England where several people are all vieing for winning a free car. The trick - they have to keep their hand on it the longest. You get to meet some of the people and find out their stories and also see how they change as they go 5 days without sleep. A good little story.
Wendy Burks
Jun 01, 2012 Wendy Burks rated it really liked it
For a dollar-store find, this book was a pleasant surprise. I breezed through it in 2 days, enjoying getting to know the varied characters and the author's insight into their motivations for enduring a grueling Guiness World Record attempt. There were fun moments scattered throughout to make this book a fun, fast read.
Lindor Joelle
Aug 02, 2013 Lindor Joelle rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a story with an obscure plot, well this is it. I'm pretty bored with your typical romance and urban fiction novels. That being said, when I read the synopsis of this story I had to purchase it right away.
The story didn't disappoint. Each character will remind you of someone whom you have encountered in life.
Rose
Jan 08, 2011 Rose rated it really liked it
I truly loved this book. It's about a competition to win a new car but really it was about so much more. You get to know these contestants, learn their stories, and as the book progresses you see their personalities challenged, questioned & eventually evolve. I read this in 2 days or so because I just couldn't put it down. Good times. :)
Leah Lucci
Mar 18, 2013 Leah Lucci rated it really liked it
Sadly realistic story of the grueling process of trying to win a car by keeping your hand on it. People are stretched to their limits and discover things about themselves they never would have predicted. It's fascinating.
Heather Dufield
Jul 22, 2012 Heather Dufield rated it really liked it
I really liked it, the story flows along. The characters were interesting and all had different reasons for signing up for this contest. I think that the could easily turn this book into a romantic-comedy movie.
Cory
May 13, 2009 Cory rated it it was ok
Some of the writing was overblown, but all in all it was an interesting book. It's told from multiple perspectives--this was particularly interesting because several of the characters were rather unlikeable, yet you cared about what happened.
Madameugly
Mar 10, 2010 Madameugly rated it liked it
Good solid novel. This was a nice distraction from all the memoirs I've been reading.

I definitely want to find more of McCarten's stuff.
Nicole
Mar 12, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it
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3.5. I thought this book was a good book, but again nothing super special. It gave me the entertainment I expected with a moral to the story that I wasn't expecting. Overall I thought it was fun.
Dianne
Feb 28, 2011 Dianne rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I own this book, because I'll read it again. Author has good insight into human behavior and motivation. Some great paragraphs explaining such.
Stephanie Martin
Sep 08, 2013 Stephanie Martin rated it did not like it
Had to stop a quarter of the way through this book. It was mind numbing and so boring. Waste of time.
Ande
Jun 22, 2009 Ande added it
This book was ok - I got to the end, but I wouldn't recommend it. You can find a better story to spend some time with.
Rey
Feb 22, 2013 Rey rated it it was ok
Although the premise is interesting, it was too much of a drag. The author should have not wasted the idea by the slow progress of the story.
Lindsay
Jul 26, 2011 Lindsay rated it liked it
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Easy fun read about the psychology of who participates in an endurance contest to win a car (keep your hand on the car longest) and the stories of those individuals.

D
Aug 21, 2009 D rated it really liked it
Fun read. This is one of those books that isn't too self-consciously quirky. It's highly believable, with a dash of quirk for flavor.
Karla
Mar 31, 2014 Karla rated it liked it
Liked this book. Good character development around simple-seeming plot. Enjoyed the ending and secret that comes out.
Joanie
Mar 22, 2010 Joanie rated it liked it
Weird little book. I thought the concept and the beginning were great, but I didn't think the second half of the book lived up to the potential of the first half.
Whitney
Jun 03, 2012 Whitney rated it really liked it
Really liked this book. I read the whole thing in one night. Quick read, the characters are very well developed and very compelling.
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Anthony McCarten’s debut novel, Spinners, won international acclaim, and was followed by The English Harem and the award winning Death of a Superhero, and Show of Hands, all four books being translated into fourteen languages. McCarten has also written twelve stage plays, including the worldwide success Ladies’ Night, which won France’s Molière Prize, the Meilleure Pièce Comique, in 2001, and Via ...more
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