The Coincidence Authority, Paperback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


For fans of THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, Mark Watson and Mark Haddon, here is a cleverly written mystery about fate, circumstance, destiny and coincidence from COSTA AWARD-shortlisted author, John Ironmonger.

This quirky read is hard to put down and spans philosophy, conflict, relationships and romance.

Thomas Post is an expert on coincidences. He's an authority. People come to see him, to ask him if he can explain strange events that have befallen them, and he can always explain these things away.

We poor humans, he would say, have a tendency to make patterns out of random shapes, or to construct meaning from the random behaviour of the universe.

But one day Thomas gets a visit from Azalea Lewis, and his world will never be the same again.

For Azalea's coincidences seem to go off the scale. The lives of Thomas and Azalea become entwined, their destinies entangled. And now, with Azalea apparently dead in a foreign land, Thomas must reassemble the pieces of her life in search for the patterns that drove it. And that means he must try to unravel the coincidences that so afflicted her.




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The main feeling after having finished this book was relief that I'd finally finished it. Not that there weren't parts that were interesting, but on the whole, the subject didn't grab me and the characters weren't particularly engaging and spent a lot of time sitting around discussing philosophies of life.<br/>Azalea has had a bizarre life filled with one unhappy coincidence after another--such that she feels she has an inescapable destiny. The parts of the book where she tells about her life were the parts I found most appealing. She meets up with a rationalist who doesn't believe in coincidence and he tries to convince her these are random patterns.

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