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46% Better Than Dave by Alastair Puddick
46% Better Than Dave
by Alastair Puddick
A novel of jealousy, muddy shoes and giant barbecues.
Dave Brookman’s new next-door neighbour is ruining his life. Because in a bizarre coincidence, he’s also called Dave Brookman, he’s the same age and he even grew up in the same town. There is one big difference, though. This new Dave is vastly more successful in every way.
As Dave starts questioning everything about himself, suddenly his perfect life seems a lot less than perfect. And what starts as friendly rivalry soon turns into obsessive jealousy and crazy behaviour that could see Dave lose it all. Can he get a grip before it’s too late?
Meet Dave Brookman, husband, father creative content manger for a PR company, he has a happy life that is until he gets a new neighbour who is also called Dave Brookman! Our Dave finds himself comparing every aspect of his life to new Dave, even going to far as to creating a spreadsheet and working out a formula which leads him to believe that he 46% worse that new Dave. He gets so jaded and clouded with jealousy over a man that he assumes has a better live than him, when in reality he is just a man who has all the appearances of being better but is in actual fact pretty much on par with Dave just in mountains of debt!
There are a few funny moments in this book and few moments where you want to scream at Dave and say stop comparing yourself to new Dave – but after reading this book I reflected on the times I compared myself to others and how in this day and age we seem to do so. For Dave though it almost cost him in wife, family and job.
This was a great book that I really enjoyed, and I look forward to reading more from Alastair.
About the Author
Alastair Puddick is a writer and editor who has spent the past 20 years writing for a variety of magazines and websites. His work has spanned many different paths, from jetting off to exciting cities across the world to writing about dating advice, data centres, facilities management and the exciting world of flooring. He also once wrote an agony advice column posing as Elvis Presley’s ghost.
Alastair still works as a copywriter and lives in Sussex with his wife, Laura, and cat, George. He has written three novels: The Unexpected Vacation of George Thring, Killing Dylan and his newest book, 46% Better Than Dave.