Back To Reality: A Novel

Back To Reality: A Novel

by Stay Mark, Oliver Mark


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A story of second chances that's impossible to put down

“Everything the world loves about British comedy.”—USA Today bestselling author Shannon Mayer

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

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.

In her desperate quest, 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 last chances, perfect for fans of Rowan Coleman and Helen Fielding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999647148
Publisher: Bestseller Experiment
Publication date: 03/10/2019
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Mark Stay co-wrote the screenplay for Robot Overlords which became a movie with Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson, and premiered at the 58th London Film Festival. He is co-presenter of the Bestseller Experiment podcast and has worked in bookselling and publishing for over twenty-five years. He lives in Kent, England, with his family and a trio of retired chickens. He blogs and humblebrags over at

Mark Desvaux writes fiction as Mark Oliver. He also authors inspirational non-fiction and online courses, and is a professional speaker in the fields of self-development and spiritual growth. He is chairman and co-founder of the charity Foodshare. As a bestselling recording artist (Urban Myth Club), Mark's two critically-acclaimed albums have led to appearances at festivals such as Glastonbury (which he tries to mention on every podcast). He lives on Vancouver Island with his family, surrounded by the beautiful mountains and seas, with chickens, bees and very tall trees.

Table of Contents

Title page v Praise for Back to Reality vii

Prologue: I Drove All Night 1

Empty Orchestra 3

Forty-Two 13

Home Again 19

Ellie Awakes 25

The Glowing Light 35

The Girl In The Kitchen 41

Ceilings 47

Jo Goes Viral 55

It’s A Crummy Life 63

Across The Universe 71

The Edge of Darkness 77

A Dark Desert Highway 79

The Happy Phantom 85

L.A. Woman 93

Madame Federica’s Pantomime 101

Hey Bulldog 107

Strangers On A Train 113

Yohanna’s Baby 119

Truly Outrageous 123

The Prism Bookstore 131

The Tower Records Revelation 139

Fade To Grey 147

Rapunzel With The Frizzy Hair 153

The Rainbow Connection 165

Tonight, Tonight, Tonight 169

Oh Well 179

Six Million Pairs Of Eyes 187

The Inner Light 197

Rand’s Inner Sanctum 203

Diemond’s Gift 209

Finding Joanna 215

Is This The Real Life? 221

Girlfriend In A Coma 229

Griffith Observatory 237

Keep Venice Freaky 243

The Body Snatchers 249

Make Like A Tree 253

Close Encounter On The M4 261

Aaronovitch’s Genius 263

Band On The Run 269

Embrace The Woo-Woo 275

Atom Heart Mother 283

Wings Over America 287

Hush 291

The Impossible Dream 293

Tunnel Of Love 303

Fading Fast 309

The Bends 313

Brain Damage 319

Wild Thing 323

Blinded By The Light 333

Sing 335

Voices In The Sky 345

Songbird 347

Mother And Child Reunion 349

Ellie’s Tears 357

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out 359

Breathe 363

Fire! 365

Happy 369

The Bestseller Experiment 377

Want To Write A Book? 379

Glossary for non-Brits 381

Acknowledgments 385

Author thanks 387

About the authors 389

Contacting The Two Marks 391

Copyright Page 393

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