The Amateur Science of Love

The Amateur Science of Love Colin dreams of escaping his parents New Zealand farm for a grand stage career He makes it to London and a disastrous audition before meeting Tilda beautiful Tilda older an artist who brings his fut

  • Title: The Amateur Science of Love
  • Author: Craig Sherborne
  • ISBN: 9781921758010
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback
  • Colin dreams of escaping his parents New Zealand farm for a grand stage career He makes it to London and a disastrous audition before meeting Tilda beautiful Tilda, older, an artist who brings his future with her A heady romance leads to a new home in a decaying former bank in a small town hours from Melbourne They are building a life together but there are cracks in tColin dreams of escaping his parents New Zealand farm for a grand stage career He makes it to London and a disastrous audition before meeting Tilda beautiful Tilda, older, an artist who brings his future with her A heady romance leads to a new home in a decaying former bank in a small town hours from Melbourne They are building a life together but there are cracks in the foundation.This is a love story, told from passionate beginning to spectacular end It is intimate and honest, blackly funny and emotionally devastating.

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    1. A fantastic book. I found myself compelled to keep reading the story of two deeply flawed characters, and had a strange voyeuristic love/hate feeling as I watched their volatile and unhealthy relationship progress. I love reading about characters who challenge me. I didn't particularly like the characters in this book but they were incredibly real and made me feel so many emotions: pity, respect, disgust and anger. Highly recommended!

    2. The Amateur Science of Love is Craig Sherborne’s first novel. At 21 years of age, Colin Butcher escapes the family farm (and a lover’s angry husband) in New Zealand to pursue his acting dream in London. His stalled career takes an abrupt turn when he meets the beautiful Tilda Robson (older, artistic and exciting), and falls in love. Together, they return to her Melbourne studio and are soon living her artist’s dream: a studio in a dilapidated old bank building in the small town of Scintill [...]

    3. Would like to give it 3.5 stars as it was a compelling and interesting read about two flawed people and their flawed relationship in which neither of them are fulfilled but they stay anyway. A novel about choices, youth, entitlement and morality as well as love. It's complicated and messy as life and love are. I liked the writing but I didn't like the characters (apart from Mr vigourman, he was hilarious). I listened to an interview with Craig Sherborne about this book and about fictionalising y [...]

    4. Fab writing, fab premise. Such a great nuanced and interesting take on the complexity of modern relationships.

    5. Basically, if you've read Sherborne's Monthly essay about the actual people on whom this autobiographical novel is based, you've read the novel. Most of this is padding, and the essay was more clear-eyed about the author's agenda.At the moment I find Australian novels set in 'the bush' to be quite unappealing, though I've enjoyed them in the past. (I realise that this makes me a 'bad Australian reader'.) I wouldn't have read this except it was a book club book. I enjoyed the narrative conceit th [...]

    6. Craig Sherborne is best known for his wonderfully vivid memoirs of childhood and adolescence, Hoi Polloi and Muck – variously praised by the likes of Clive James, J.M. Coetzee and Hilary Mantel. So the reader comes to his first foray into fiction with high expectations.Readers of The Monthly or Best Australian Essays will quickly realise that this is also a continuation-of-sorts of Sherborne’s autobiographical project. Many of the details here – of a young man who falls in mad love with an [...]

    7. Colin is a young New Zealander who heads to London to escape the boredom on his life with his family on a small farm. He has grand plans to become an actor with RADA, but when he fails the audition, he works in a hostel where he meets Tilda, a woman 10 years his senior. She is an Australian artist, on a tour of Europe to escape her failed marriage. Colin and Tilda begin an affair and return to Australian where they settle in a small Wimmera town called Scintilla. The relationship soon begins to [...]

    8. So many feelings.Please don't be fooled by the title (although in hindsight it appears quite fitting.) A love story, realist, and true to life set in small town Australia. Van Gogh dreaming, wheatfields, grief, what it means to love, to be human, to be flawed at best. This novel warmed my heart up, almost too warm, and then fire, ashes, and let's stomp on the ashes while we're there.Sherborne is a poet and this is a richly worded piece of art, quick and light but at the same time heavy as the mo [...]

    9. Sherborne is a poet and so many of his sentences in this novel sing. I loved the emotional honesty, the lack of political correctness, the darkness of this love story set in rural Australia. But I must say, like with many other Australian novels I read, after I finished this book I felt desperate for some intellectual stimulation, for some depth. So I went to look for some European literature.

    10. Read book for a book club. Great book for discussion as lots of topics covered in book - relationships , illness , caring roles , abortion ,deceit , small town life etc . Well written and easy to read.

    11. This book deserves more than three stars, but probably not four. A love story between Colin and Tilda who is 10 years his senior. He meets Tilda in London and together they settle in a small town in country Victoria to build a new life together. Very true to life.

    12. Could not stop reading and finished It in two days. The writing is simple and straight forward but he details their love story in such lovely detail while not being pretentious. Very realistic, heartbreaking portrayal of love, sickness, betrayal and loss. A very enjoyable read!

    13. Sorry, as much as I loved the article this book was based on, the extension of it feels kind of excessive--in that I felt for him in the article (written by the same man, on his own life experiences), but just wanted it to end in the novel.

    14. An interesting read for both genders. Don't be put off by the title, it's not your typical love story, and nothing goes the way you expect it to.

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