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Back to Reality (Paperback)


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The bestselling ’90s nostalgia time travel comedy

Jo’s world is about to change forever, and it’s about time

Her marriage is on auto-pilot, daughter hates her, job sucks and it’s not even Tuesday. As Jo’s life implodes, a freak event hurls her back to ‘90s Los Angeles where, in a parallel universe, she’s about to hit the big time as a rock star. Jo has to choose between her dreams and her family in an adventure that propels her from London to Hollywood then Glastonbury, the world’s greatest music festival. Jo encounters a disgraced guru, a movie star with a fetish for double-decker buses, and the biggest pop star in the world… who just happens to want to kill her.

Back to Reality is a funny, heartwarming story about second chances, with a heroine to rival Bridget Jones and the rock n roll nostalgia of Keith A Pearson.

The novel from the Bestseller Experiment podcast presenters Mark Stay and Mark Desvaux. The Two Marks went to more gigs in the ’90s than in any other decade and are currently working on a time machine to see Prince in concert.

Please note, if you choose the Signed & Dedicated option: Mr Stay will sign and dedicate the book as per your request (keep it clean!). You will also receive a free Woodville bookmark. Additional note: this copy will be signed by Mr Stay only. His co-author Mark Oliver (aka Mark Desvaux) lives in Canada. But 50% of the proceeds will go to Mr D to keep him in maple syrup and bear repellent.

Praise for Back to Reality:

“Like if Nick Hornby wrote a time travel, body swap adventure!” New York Times bestselling author Mimi Strong

“A compelling story where the comedy compliments the drama and keeps you turning the page… A delight.” Caimh McDonnell, Bestselling author of The Dublin Trilogy

“Doctor Who meets Freaky Friday at Glastonbury. With added cow. Escapist SF fun for everyone who wants to scratch their Terry Pratchett itch.” Ian W Sainsbury, Winner of the Kindle Storyteller Award 2019

“A miraculous, laugh-out-loud journey to a past never lived. Original and captivating!” Keith A Pearson

“For those who wished Simon Pegg wrote novels, you now have the Two Marks.” USA Today bestselling author Shannon Mayer

“I LOVE IT! It’s Back to the Future meets Freaky Friday.” #1 Kindle bestselling author of Hot Mess, Lucy Vine

“Crackles with all the addictive energy of a pop hit, and the heart of a soul classic.” Samantha King, bestselling author of The Choice

“Like a book version of Hot Tub Time Machine with fabulous female characters and great music.” Kate Harrison, author of the bestselling 5:2 series

“If you love time travel and rock and roll, you’ll love this book!” Julie Cohen, author of Together

“A magnificent book! Loved every page. Beautifully written.” Callan McAuliffe, actor The Walking Dead

What Amazon readers are saying:

★★★★★ ‘All kinds of funny, from laugh out loud to quiet snorts of recognition.’

★★★★★ ‘I miss the characters so much I think I’ll start reading it again!’

★★★★★ ‘Pure pleasure to read. You won’t put it down until you reach the last page.’

★★★★★ ‘It’s —Spinal Tap meets —Back to the Future meets —Freaky Friday.’

★★★★★ ‘—Back To Reality has it all; It’s funny, it’s thrilling, its thought-provoking and inspiring, but be warned, once you start reading this book you won’t want to put it down.’

Additional information

Weight .623 kg
Product Type

Unsigned, Signed & Dedicated