Isaac and the Egg: the unique, funny and heartbreaking Saturday Times bestseller

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Isaac and the Egg: the unique, funny and heartbreaking Saturday Times bestseller

Isaac and the Egg: the unique, funny and heartbreaking Saturday Times bestseller

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I absolutely loved this book! A beautifully written story of navigating grief. Isaac Addy is devastated by the sudden loss of his beloved wife Mary. As he stands on a bridge preparing to end his life, he hears a strange scream in the woods which breaks him out of his suicidal trance. The creature Isaac discovers and takes home is instrumental in helping him navigate his nearly unbearable grief. There is so much humour and love and sadness in this story! The surprise twist is hinted at strongly and easy to predict, but that doesn’t lessen its impact. A beautifully written debut novel. Denise, QLD, 5 Stars An arresting debut novel about grief, but in the most wonderfully oblique way' REVEREND RICHARD COLES An arresting debut novel about grief, but in the most wonderfully oblique way' Reverend Richard Coles Isaac and the Egg is a beautiful and quirky story that takes coping with grief and turns it upside down. My heart broke for Isaac and I felt an overwhelming sense of tenderness for Egg. The characters and story were well developed and the twists and turns kept me engaged until the very end. This book needs to go to the top of your TBR pile, it won’t disappoint. I look forward to reading more from Bobby Palmer. Nicole, NSW, 5 Stars A modern-day fairy tale full of charm, innocence, pain and humour that is deeply satisfying and wonderfully surprising

Measured, comic and moving... A sad, funny and original novel about grief, loss and embracing change' DAILY MAIL This debut novel by Bobby Palmer is beautifully written, some parts of the book are so sad and other parts are funny, upon discovering a large egg he nurtures “egg”. Not saying anything else about this book – please read it for yourself, it is a great book. Deborah, NSW, 5 Stars So, what do you do when you read (and listen) to a book that you want the whole world to read, but you don't want to tell them too much about it, because this book is one of the most personal books that I have come across in a long time and it is a book that is best started with absolutely no preconceived ideas. Isaac Addy might be an alien. He certainly feels like one. Apart from Joy’s flying visit and his sessions with Dr Abbass, he’s barely interacted with anyone of his own kind in months. He looks like one, too. What did Isaac Addy look like last year, before he zapped all his human friends away? Not like this. This, whatever this is, is as alien as can be. His stalagmite hair and stalactite beard make him seem like he’s from a world where the inhabitants are made of stone. His eyes used to sparkle, but now they shine only as much as two polished pebbles one would find on a beach. Isaac has hardened, calcified.” (P. 165) This story is incredible. A tale so beautiful and funny and heart-warming, yet filled with the most evocative descriptions of grief I've ever read. It takes some authorly skill to have a character so bereaved that their mind breaks apart in the same chapter as a hilarious scene of a man and a creature playing baseball with the contents of the fridge.The start of this held me nicely. Isaac is stood on the bridge and considering suicide. Within that he remembers nothing, he screams and then hears a scream that is not his coming from the forest alongside the river. Despite the state he is in - and the engine is still running on his car at the end of the bridge - he heads into the forest to find the source of the scream. There he finds Egg. This book was completely bizarre in the best way. At first I was extremely sceptical, I thought the events in here were a tad silly but I really warned to the odd nature of it.There were several times in here that I actually laughed out loud. It was extremely well written and I had no idea where it was going, but the journey was completely worth it. When you get to the end of the book and things start unfolding so you get the full picture of what happened, I was utterly amazed. It was so well done and hit me right in the heart. A tender, funny and surprising meditation on grief and hope . . . like nothing I’ve ever read before’ STYLIST

He eats, he sleeps and makes it through each day with the support of his sister, neighbours and his therapist while the events leading to Isaac's present state are revealed to the reader as Isaac is able to cope with them. I'd been hearing so many wonderful things about this book, the book with the egg, the debut that has everybody talking and ok WOW, I get it: what a special little book this is! This is a book about a lot of things – grief, hope, friendship, love. It’s also about what you’d do if you stumbled into the woods at dawn, found something extraordinary there, and decided to take it home. A great deal of this control is achieved through the novel’s humour which is threaded throughout. Sometimes it’s with the wry, easy smile of a film reference, or the excellently positioned epigraph, but at other times it’s via the perfectly timed punchline, such as that which comes after Isaac and Egg’s shopping trip to town which had me laughing out loud. Make no mistake, this level of calibration - this pitch-perfect tone of the confessional - is HARD to achieve, but when done well it is masterful in its subtlety.When we meet Isaac he’s not in a good place: he’s intoxicated, dishevelled, and thinking about throwing himself off a bridge. He’s reached the absolute bottom until he hears an unnatural, pained scream that pulls him out of his own pain. The scream, he discovers, has come from an egg which ‘sits resplendent in the middle of a clearing, bathed in a heavenly light which seems to defy the darkness of the night before’. Isaac is a widower and he’s struggling. On a visit to the woods, he happens across a very large egg and without a second thought he takes it home and settles into a bizarre domesticity with the egg.

Isaac's emotional distress is expressed through the quiet as he struggles to live through his grief, shunning all company except that of Egg.

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This is a deceptively complex novel; a skillful sleight of hand which charms us so fully with its accessible and hugely sympathetic two-hander that we become unaware of what it’s doing under the surface. One of the hallmarks of timeless, classic fiction is to make the specific universal, and stripped of its outer eccentricities this is exactly what Palmer’s novel does. For Isaac is both himself and all of us: in our particular capacity to both love and lose what we love and to grieve its absence in absolutely human ways. It can’t be completely definitive of course because grief is wholly and utterly different for every person, which includes the book’s protagonist Isaac Addy, a late-twenties illustrator of children’s books and other things, who suddenly finds his world upended when tragedy befalls him.

I read it in one breath… true and tragic and funny and hopeful and big – big enough somehow to contain all of our stories and all of our lives inside it’ JOANNA GLEN Powerful, hopeful and utterly extraordinary, this is a truly original tale of love and loss, told with warmth and imaginative humour, from an unforgettable new voice in fiction. Isaac stands alone on a bridge and screams into the river below. And then, an answer. Story Synopsis: (Don’t want to reveal much, so just giving the barest of outlines. But the story is a lot more than this.) What follows are some incredibly strange adventures which reveal the huge amount of pain Isaac is carrying. And while some parts are truly absurd, within Isaac’s world it all seems completely believable because his grief is so consuming and powerful that it feels real that he’s on the verge of despair or insanity.No-one escapes grief and heartbreak and everyones journey through it will be different. Despite this story dealing with grief, it is wonderfully hopeful, charming and even funny at times. This book is just sublime . . . It will be a crime if millions of people haven’t read it this time next year An arresting debut novel about grief, but in the most wonderfully oblique way’ Reverend Richard Coles

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