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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Lewis Blake is a 20 year old university student, coming to terms with being cruelly dumped by a former flame. After a night of heavy drinking, Lewis meets Rosie, a homeless woman who comforts him and opens his eyes to a new world outside of the university bubble. Tired of the meaninglessness and vacuity of student life, Lewis embarks on a quest to give his life genuine mea ...more
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Published July 8th 2013 by Alex Norris
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Jeff Erno
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alex Norris's first novel, Angel, tackles a really tough topic. His main character, Lewis Blake, is a university student attending Cambridge. Lewis goes out one evening with a group of friends and encounters a homeless woman on the street. He befriends her and learns of a mission that provides meals for the homeless. Lewis volunteers.

He feels so conflicted, tortured by guilt and an overwhelming sense of helplessness. He desperately wants to help these unfortunate people, but his volunteer effort
Jamie Deacon
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This is without doubt one of the most original novels I've read in a while. The premise is unlike any I've previously read, and I applaud the author for that. We're all aware of the plight faced by so many people who, for various reasons, find themselves living on the streets. Many of us wish we could do more to help. In 'Angel', however, the young hero seeks to do his bit for the homeless community of Cambridge, risking his education, his friendships, and his own morals in the process.

All it ta
Alexander Rigby
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
The thing I liked the most about Alex Norris' debut novel was the voice of his main character, Lewis. A young gay student studying at Cambridge, Lewis finds himself striving to do good, all the while doing things that can easily be considered bad. I enjoyed the storyline because it was unlike anything else I had read previously, after all, it's not every day that a guy decides to sell his body for sex in order to raise money to buy things for homeless people. Angel succeeds in it's mission becau ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I’ve just finished reading this 📖, I didn’t read it thru in one sitting, like I sometimes do w/ other books. Something about it made me stop. I was upset with Lewis- his way of thinking was upsetting. I was very glad that Harry was there to save him. Very interesting story and characters. Glad for the ending 👍🏼
Annette Gisby
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Depressed and disillusioned after breaking up with his boyfriend, Lewis is unsure what he really wants to do with his life. His lectures hold little interest to him anymore and all his friends seem vain and shallow. Surely there's more to life than this?

Meeting a homeless woman called Rosie, she points him in the direction of Revitalize, a group that offers a free meal to those down on their luck every Saturday. Lewis turns up and finds he really likes helping people and wishes he could do more.
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
The story wasn't bad for been Mr. Norris' first book. The story is heart warming. A college student finding out how life can be so cruel to those less fortunate, he wants to make a difference. Only, he is nearly as broke as those on the streets so he makes the horrible decision of selling his body for money so he can buy items for the homeless to help them feel a bit more comfort while sleeping outside in the dead of winter. That part there I wish wouldn't have happened for there are other safer ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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This is a very interesting story set in Cambridge University about a student who finds himself becoming an extreme altruist. I was definitely engaged and affected by the events and gasped out loud at several points. I'd have liked to see more development of the other characters around the protagonist - it was hard to tell them apart, and the voices of the older characters sounded too young to my ears. But I would read another book by this author - I'll be interested to see how his writing develo ...more
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Alex Norris is a writer living in Brighton, England. He enjoys writing, pop music and being by the sea.
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