Life… With No Breaks: Nick Spaulding

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Nick Spalding tried to write a book in 24 hours. Turns out that’s impossible… it took 30! He had a dull, drizzly weekend to kill, so made a start on the book he’d been promising to write all his life… and had it finished by midnight Sunday. You’ll laugh out loud reading his odyssey of non-stop writing, in a selection of anecdotes, asides and stories… all dredged up from an over-stimulated brain functioning on caffeine, nicotine and the occasional chocolate biscuit. The book is a conversation with YOU and with Nick you’ll venture into the thorny topics of love, life, sex, horribly timed bowel movements and a deathly fear of sponges (among many other things). After you’ve read Life… With No Breaks, you may never look at the world the same way again!

I decided to read Nick Spalding’s new book whilst on holiday, after being bored into a stupor from all the romance books I downloaded and I was extremely happy to discover it and now share it with you lovely people! Firstly the reasoning behind the book itself is pretty impressive; completing a whole book in 30 hours is not easy feat, and what has appeared from this, is a thoroughly amusing read!

The discussion in the book is a ramble of all topics possible from religion to politics to cars to jobs and so on, contrasted with Nick’s hilarious anecdotes and embarrassing stories. However amongst the humour and the sleep deprivation as the book continues, Nick discusses some extremely emotional and personal concepts for example his family. Through the passion of his writing we can really feel the hurt that Nick feels about his divorce due to lack of time with his family and spending too much time away, focussing only on work. The honesty of his work in union with his lack of sleep really gives away his raw emotions and the guilt and pain that he feels. The only slight negative I found with the book was the last few chapters, where the exhaustion of writing for thirty straight hours begins to take its toll on the author and the zombie brain of too long without sleep begins to appear, (we all know that feeling.) The book becomes a little less vibrant and enthusiastic, but I can forgive Spaulding for that, I know I couldn’t stay up and write a book for thirty straight hours!

This is a book with a completely different conception making it very different from any book I have read. Nick constantly talks to the reader as if you are right there with him. He offers us chocolate biscuits, coffee and the occasional cushion or blanket and tells us to settle down and listen to his rambling as if we have just made a new friend and only have a certain amount of time to get to know him. As with every conversation with a friend I didn’t agree with every opinion or everything he had to say but it’s a conversation, an insight into another person and an author you should watch out for! 

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