How Not to Die Alone
Andrew's day-to-day is a little grim, searching for next of kin for those who die alone. ...more
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Richard Roper has crafted a quirky and uplifting story packed with colorful characters and a unique storyline. The blurb of this book compares it to “Eleanor Oliphant”, Generally I’m not a fan of comparing books but I’d have to say this is an accurate comparison. SO if you loved Eleanor you will also love getting to know Andrew. Andrew is 42, a bit of a loner, and he works for the Ministry of Death. His job includes finding the next of kin for those who die alone, sear ...more
What a pickle this book has left me in! I should have hated it because it contained my (maybe only) dealbreaker plotline – one that 99.99999% of the time makes me . . . .
Since I received an early copy, common courtesy says not to divulge too much and ruin things for everyone else. Buuuuuuuuuut, Imma do it anyway because I don’t think it’s fair for readers to spend their dollars on books that they didn’t know contained subject matt ...more
Andrew has lived alone for twenty years. His parents are dead and he is largely estranged from his sister. His entir ...more
Have you ever started a novel and known immediately that it was not for you and yet you kept going? Such was the case with “How Not to Die Alone.”
This novel is about a man named Andrew, who works for the death registry - his main job is to go to the homes of the recently deceased, determine if they have next of kin and/or funds to pay for funeral expenses. If they have no one, he makes sure to attend their funerals. You see, he is alone and has no one, yet he has lied to everyone at his ...more
Andrew is 42, single, lives alone in an apartment in London, and works for the council. He has the unusual task of dealing with the aftermath of people who die alone. Job details include going to the residence armed with a mask doused liberally with expensive cologne to mask the uniquely foul smell of death. Sometimes the dwelling is extremely neat, and other times there is a huge mess t ...more
I don’t know if this is morbid on my behalf but I frequently wonder about my own inevitable death, wonder about how old I’ll be, where I’ll be, would my absence impact anyone to any great degree... I’m guessing I’m not the only one who thinks about these things because these themes are key to the plot of ‘Something to Live For ...more
I have to admit that the beginning of this novel was a little slow for me. I had a hard time getting into it and I was getting a little bored. However, at around 40% something clicked for me, and I was in love with Andrew’s character. Andrew became this quirky, funny, and unique character that will stay with me for a long while. I truly felt his need for human company, and his desire for having his own family became my own obsession. I wanted him to finally find someone to settl ...more
by Liberty Hardy
Prepare yourself for hilarity and heart-squeezes in this life-affirming novel about—wait for it—death!
Andrew has an unusual job for a civil servant: He goes into the homes of deceased people who lived alone and searches their belongings for clues of any living relatives. He is respectful and sensitive, and the job suits him. Andrew himself lives a quiet life alone—not that his coworkers know that. For five years, due to a small error, he’s allowed them to believe he’ ...more
This was one such but and I don't know how to feel about it.
First, let me just out there that objectively speaking, this is actually a decent, well-written book.
Now let me admit that subjectively speaking, this book was not the one for me.
I don't know what I had ...more
If it’s possible to have a male equivalent of Eleanor Oliphant then Andrew is him!
Witty, likeable and so quintessentially British!
I loved everything from the quirky job Andrew holds (it had never occurred to me before that this is an actual thing, but in hindsight, of course it is!) to his little white lies which start off innocently enough but continue to escalate.
It’s just so well written with that dead pan British humour undertone that makes you smile, despite yourse ...more
This book follows the story of Andrew, who lives in London. He works for the local council and goes to homes of those found dead who don't have close family or friends. He takes care of the burial and notifies next of kin ...more
It's all about Andrew and he's not an interes ...more
Andrew is a loner - well, that's actually an understatement - who works for the Estate Council tracking down possible relatives of people who have died alone. There is the question of who buries th ...more
I loved this book from start to finish. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did NOT let me down. I've finished it in two days and I was kind of sad when I reached the last page. Thank you, Richard Roper for this wonderful and brilliant debut novel. Can't wait to read your next book. Oh, and thanks for making me feel things, for making my heart hurt and for making me cry in public ON A TRAIN.
This book has been compared to Eleanor Oliphant and I who ...more
So, this was a thought provoking and sobering at times read. I did laugh a few times, but a few times while finishing I thought to myself will I die alone and if I do, will anyone be left after to miss me and come round to check in on me.
My family does a very good job of staying in touch with each other. We do Polos (videos) everyday almost to each other. We also text and sent pictures. When I go home to ...more
I will be the first to admit that this book had an abundance of lessons hidden within its pages. The facets of hope for a better future, the idea that love can conquer loneliness, and the importance of having someone, anyone to turn to in times of need were readily apparent. With this said, this book was somewhat...well...boring. I found this book to be one of those reads that while a quick look into the fabric of mankind in itself is not overwhelmingly memorable. I did e ...more
His department, Death Administrations, is a small one and his boss, Cameron Yates has the sort of fervour that makes people cringe (picture ...more
Andrew is working a strange job (inspecting houses of the dead after being found alone) and living a strange sort of double life. All of his fellow employees think he lives one life, yet he knows the truth and deals with the disconnect on the daily.
Honestly I thought the premise sounded good, but the extent ...more
This has been touted as the male equivalent of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, and coincidentally, I gave that a measly 2.5 stars also, and for much the same reasons. There is nothing inherently BAD here, but nothing very scintillating either. The prose is pedestrian, at best, and although there are a few droll witticisms sprinkled throughout, it is rarely LOL funny. I was never much invested in Andrew's predicament, and the conclusion (a bit gloopy for my taste, as is its p ...more
And it was then that the realization hit him: he might not know what the future held - pain & loneliness and fear might still yet grind him into dust –but simply fe ...more
Andrew is a loner in his early forties and without REAL friends outside of home and work. He’s been living in a lie in the world ...more
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"Yep. I hear you," Peggy said.
"I mean their hearts are in the right place but if you have not been through it then it's impossible to understand. It's like we're in the club or something.”