Better Reading Preview: The Time is Now, Monica Sparrow

Better Reading Preview: The Time is Now, Monica Sparrow

Our next Preview title is The Time is Now, Monica Sparrow by Matt Howard! To register your interest in being a Preview reviewer for this title, just fill out the form below. Please only enter once:

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Synopsis

Cast adrift by loss, Monica Sparrow is marooned in her semi in Neasden, the so-called ‘loneliest village in London’, her home stuffed with nothing she needs. Is it time for her to finally get her house in order? Can she isolate what really matters, and clear the junk? And while it’s too late for her family to be as they were, can Monica fashion an entirely new one, from the unlikeliest set of contenders?Monica’s once beloved sister, Diane, already a right piece of work and looking to take it up a notch, seems lost to Monica forever. But a few unexpected diversions see her careering in a most unanticipated direction.Xavier, a master of minimalism, discards people as easily as any other clutter. An editor at a prestigious publishing house, he’s lumbered with Monica – a wannabe writer spectacularly different from any he’s previously encountered.Having lived virtually family-free into adulthood, Jamie suddenly acquires Monica and Diane as elder sisters, and a job, a proper one. Used to living on the margins and unfamiliar with group dynamics, this proverbial black sheep might just become the most improbable anchor.Four isolated people. Thrown together by family and circumstance. A humorous and heartwarming story of second chances and new beginnings.
Matt Howard
About the author

Matt Howard

Matt Howard has lived in Sydney, London, Melbourne, and Reykjavik. He has written four novels, each set in a different city. The Time is Now, Monica Sparrow is the London one. His earlier novels are Street Furniture (Wakefield Press), Taking Off (Allen & Unwin) and Ethan Grout (Pier 9).

Books by Matt Howard

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  1. Brooke says:

    Sounds amazing! Would love the opportunity to preview!

  2. Would love to read and review this book

  3. Michelle says:

    Would love to review this book. Sounds an amazing read

  4. DEBBIE BACKWAY says:

    Thank you I would love to review.

  5. Hilda says:

    Please include me in the chances to review this book.

  6. Gayelene Hillier says:

    I’m about to move to Bourke so I’ll have lots of time read and review this book.

  7. Jennifer Taylor says:

    I would really love to read and review this book.

  8. Jenaya says:

    I would love to be part of this review, it would help me to survive the last two weeks of school holidays.

  9. Emma says:

    Yes please, I would love to review the book.

  10. Katie says:

    Hi guys, I would love to be on board with this preview. Thanks!

  11. Jane Morris says:

    Reading is my life, any genre, but mainly I love reading books by new authors, it keeps the interest up. Reading takes me to so many great places.

  12. Maryanne Podham says:

    I enjoyed reading a recent review text, would love to do this again

  13. Tracy Harris says:

    I would enjoy the opportunity to review this title. Thank you.

  14. Maryanne Stevenson says:

    Looking forward to reviewing a book and I’m glad I found you 😁

  15. Meg says:

    I would love the opportunity to read and review this book.