Melting in the Middle

Melting in the Middle

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 28/11/2020
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Long-listed for the Exeter Novel Prize, Melting in the Middle is a literary comedy about redemption and second chances, played out amid the madness of modern life. For Stephen Carreras, life is in turmoil. His career with Britain’s worst chocolate company is heading for the rocks when it’s taken over by US confectionery giant Schmaltz. He’s just turned forty, he’s messed up on marriage and is struggling to keep a toehold in the lives of his monosyllabic teenage children. Then he meets Rachel, who dances to a very different beat. She challenges him to do good among the carnage that surrounds him. But to do so, he must confront his past and work out all over again what really matters… Praise for Melting in the Middle:   “The dialogue zips along at a pace that keeps the reader on their toes without running out of breath”  Ian McMillan, poet, author and presenter of The Verb on BBC Radio 3   “Whip-smart funny and brilliantly observed. Howden is a great storyteller, turning recognisable personalities and corporate events into sharp and clever comedy.” Louise Fein, author of People Like Us  “I was completely charmed. Funny, poignant and uplifting.” Cathie Hartigan, author of Notes From The Lost

  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781800460645
  • Number of pages: 440
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm

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Melting in the Middle
An enjoyable read
The author’s first novel describes the electrifying impact on corporate culture of an American takeover of a British company and the stresses this imposes ... READ MORE
Richard Barber
Melting in the Middle
A very enjoyable read
An excellent first novel. For those of us that have experienced the horrors of corporate restructuring including bullying bosses, hot desking, getting in... READ MORE
Anthony Abbott
Melting in the Middle
Hilarious and heartwarming
I flew through this book over a quiet weekend at home and loved it! The satire of corporate life was hilarious and instantly recognizable. But I most enjoy... READ MORE
Lizi McLoughlin
Melting in the Middle
Clever, funny and engaging.
I absolutely loved Melting in the Middle. Relatable, funny and greatly entertaining, the plot and intrigue keeps the pages turning to find out what happens... READ MORE
Louise Fein
Melting in the Middle
Very enjoyable read
A very enjoyable read. A caste of 'leap off the page' recognisable characters from the real world of work and a very touching love story.
Madeleine Riddell
Melting in the Middle
Laughter in the world of chocolate
I enjoyed Melting in the Middle very much. It captures the absurdities of business life well, and combines them with the ups and downs of home life. It re... READ MORE
Andrew Lane
Melting in the Middle
Will Stephen Survive Schmaltz?
Anyone who has experienced corporate life will recognise the political machinations, the ridiculous office politics and odious characters that our hero Ste... READ MORE
Anthony Franco
Melting in the Middle
Worthy of a Golden Ticket
‘Melting in the Middle’ provides lots of interesting contrasts: it is funny without being blithe; it offers recognisable characters yet with original spins... READ MORE
James Roberts
Melting in the Middle
I rarely read a book in one sitting ...
I rarely read a book in one sitting but I did with this thought provoking & amusing novel. Beyond straight entertainment, there are many reasons why you ... READ MORE
James Boulton
Melting in the Middle
Like a good chocolate - rich, deep, sweet but with a hint of bitterness
In the storyline and in the characters you'll spot yourself and your own situation - whether it's trying to do good, an attempt to rebuild relationships, o... READ MORE
Melting in the Middle
This is the best novel I've read in a very long time. It's so well written. The narrative just carried me along and I was immediately absorbed by it. If t... READ MORE
Linda Howden
Melting in the Middle
Marketing never got so exciting!
This book is an addictive read because it brilliantly and humorously weaves together the themes of guilt and redemption, against a backdrop of the knee-cro... READ MORE
Tony Aplin
Melting in the Middle
Melting in the Middle
A book that allows the reader's imagination to move to and fro as the characters develop, with the outcome remaining uncertain until the very last page. Th... READ MORE
David Baron
Melting in the Middle
The world of Marketing, Relationships, Comedy and Redemption in an easy to read enjoyable debut novel!
The hero of this book, set in the world of marketing , could easily be any one of us. He faces the challenges we all do - in work, with family and in cons... READ MORE
Rosemary Beardow
Melting in the Middle
Melting in the Middle by Andy Howden
This an impressive first novel. As always with first novels the acid test is do you want to read the next one and the answer is emphatically yes. The key e... READ MORE
Geoff Smith
Melting in the Middle
A wonderfully witty and entertaining book, tackling some of those mid-life struggles.
I honestly don’t read a huge number of novels, but this was recommended to me so I thought I’d take some time over Christmas and New Year, and am so glad I... READ MORE
Philip Howden
Melting in the Middle
A warm and sumptuous read with a soft centre!
I really enjoyed the flow of the book, with great characters that you can relate to. This is a fantastic insight into corporate life, running alongside the... READ MORE
jason coleman
Melting in the Middle
Andy Howden. Melting in the Middle
Very enjoyable book. It was very well written and a great choice of characters. A light hearted look at corporate life and modern day living I hope there ... READ MORE
Malcolm Bean
Melting in the Middle
An engaging and funny story of a man facing crisis on several fronts
“Do good among the carnage” may be the slogan for this book of contemporary challenges for a man struggling with all elements of his life. Not that it is a... READ MORE
Melting in the Middle
Review of Melting in the Middle
I really enjoyed this book. It's well written, with some cracking dialogue and very funny set pieces. Good characterisation too, especially of Stephen's ... READ MORE
Caroline Swallow
Melting in the Middle
This is one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve had for some time and pretty remarkable for a first novel. The plot is well constructed and the characterisati... READ MORE
Alan Murray
Melting in the Middle
Great read
Parenthood, separation, regrets, work-stress, new beginnings and fresh hope are all covered in this thought-provoking tale by new author Andy Howden. If y... READ MORE
Linda McLoughlin
Melting in the Middle
Funny modern novel
How rarely we read about the modern workplace and yet for most of us it’s where we spend a huge amount of time. Stephen is a believable character dealing w... READ MORE
Claire Mckenzie
Melting in the Middle
The power of redemption
A perceptive, funny and ultimately redemptive story of personal and corporate failings. I loved the characterisations and the plot kept moving at a crackin... READ MORE
Jacky Parsons
Melting in the Middle
A highly entertaining and rewarding read
I really enjoyed the story line of this book as it developed. The characters are recognizable to anyone who has worked in the corporate world, albeit portr... READ MORE
Vince Kerr
Melting in the Middle
Highly recommended
There's nothing not to like about this debut novel from Andy Howden. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading the next one.
Lyndon Francis
Melting in the Middle
Both Funny and touching
This book is a real page turner. It manages to be both very funny and very touching. You are rooting for Steven from the very beginning and follow him th... READ MORE
Katie Ewart
Melting in the Middle
Melting in the Middle by Andy Howden
Melting in the Middle, the debut novel by Andy Howden, is hugely enjoyable. To describe it as "a rattling good read" might suggest that it lacks substance,... READ MORE
Michele Vincent