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Marcus Grool, everyman ordinaire, has lost his job. Now he’s about to lose his relationship, too – unless he agrees to a course of counselling. Reluctant but desperate, Marcus makes the call. When he meets unhinged old quack Dr Edmond Ummond, however, Fate’s cruel blows seem to have scored a hat-trick.

Dr Ummond is rude, acerbic and completely ignorant of dental hygiene. W
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Paperback, Hand numbered Ltd of 500, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Guerilla Books (first published October 12th 2013)
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SamAnnElizabeth
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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The Absent Lord was a cute little novel. Using the story-within-a-story technique made what would have been a child-like fairy tale something that adults could relate to. I’ll admit that I was more of a fan of the internal story than the external story and I almost feel that I should review them separately. I saw the parallelism between the story’s message to look out for those around you and Marcus’ change to be sensitive to other’s needs, but I didn’t see how t
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Julia
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free via a competition on this website but that has in no way made a difference to my review


I thought this book sounded good and like one I would enjoy from reading the blurb, I was not mistaken though it ended up being nothing like I expected


I was very pleasantly surprised by this book, from the beginning I would not have expected what was to come from the rest of the book. It is essentially a book within a book, a concept that I have come across before but not to this
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Anastasia
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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I won this book from Goodreads giveaway. The book was well written and it was interesting in the beginning, but then got quite predictable when the stranger appeared. At that point I already knew how the story will progress. I must admit the ending was unexpected though, but I didn't understand how the story changed the main character. I needed some closure and it just wasn't there. ...more
Marc G
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious. Delightful. Inspired.

Candles and Roman Numerals. Watches in pieces. Castles in disrepair.

Love and amnesia . . .


Why do these devices resonate so deeply?


As with all good works, subtext here to eclipse an engaging narrative.


I am waiting for the movie.
Charlene Connors
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I enjoyed reading this book tremendously. A book within a book, more of a fable than a novel
it is filled with characters, heroes, villains and more; escapades and hi-jinks and candles
abound. This is a book I will read again and again! Highly recommend.
Ashen
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully imaginative.
A lovely little book to hold in your hands, beautifully produced, it fits in your coat pocket or handbag.
That stories are healing devices is known. But to wake up deflated Marcus, numbed after losing his job, an unfairness he blames on the world, takes special measures. On the brink of losing his girlfriend too, Marcus agrees to have therapy. He, he, sounds familiar? Dr Ummond is however no usual Q.U.A.C.K. After the initial shock of the unexpected, Marcus gets drawn into
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Jason Beacon swerved off a prescribed path to Law while young. He has had several mini-careers, including journalist, editor and labourer, and has been known to go missing in the former Soviet Union.
His first book, The President, The Terrorist & The Torturer, was influenced by his time spent living with dervishes in Central Asia. The Absent Lord was written over 10 days whilst stuck in a tent abo
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