Published: 28/03/2016
ISBN: 9781785891212
eISBN: 9781785895326
Format: Paperback/eBook

'Cold Calling felt fresh and I thoroughly enjoyed it. the ending was perfectly done. Not trite, not ruthless, but real.'
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Russell Mardell is a playwright, scriptwriter and filmmaker based in the South West of England. Having trained in film production he went on to write and direct the low budget films Burn and Cool ... read more

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Cold Calling
by Russell Mardell

It was just a phone call. Just meaningless words between two strangers. It didn’t mean anything...

Still reeling from a break-up with the love of his life, insurance firm cold-caller Ray English has become a bit of a screw up. Cynical and withdrawn, Ray is aimlessly drifting through life in London. However, once he is asked to reform his college band for a friend’s wedding, Ray is soon forced to face up to his old life, and the hometown he had tried so hard to turn his back on.

Anya Belmont is a woman with a secret and a history that continues to shape her life. A coffee shop owner in Salisbury, Anya is successful, yet bored; married, yet lonely; she is also trying to avert a looming mid-life crisis.

Through fate, coincidence or just bad timing, Ray and Anya’s lives begin to change when Ray cold-calls Anya and the two strike up a seemingly innocuous phone conversation. Against their better judgement, their conversation is soon the start of a phone relationship of sorts. As the weeks and months pass, it grows in frequency and intimacy, and a curious, almost dependent friendship is born. But can there be anything real in just a phone call? As circumstances bring these two lonely souls to the same town at the same time, both are forced to question the truth of what they have started, and the realisation that if they are to move on in their lives, they will have to start by facing the ghosts of their past...

This sharp-witted, saccharine-free love story will appeal to those looking for a modern take on traditional romance, including fans of Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer.

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5 out of 5 stars

Full Text: This is the first time I've read Russell Mardell, and I'm so glad I did. I genuinely liked the characters and found myself rooting for them all. It was an enjoyable read, one that I know I shall read again.

by Michelle Salter


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