- Author Danny Wallace
Danny Wallace’s novels follow the pattern he set for himself as a non-fiction writer, in that characters go on bizarre adventures and learn meaningful life lessons along the way. Charlotte Street was about following the clues from a set of photographs, Tom Ditto is about following people themselves.
Most of the book is entirely bonkers. It kicks off with an intriguing proposition: Tom’s girlfriend has disappeared with a note saying she’s gone but not really gone. From there, once Tom’s worked through his anger, he starts finding out clues and figuring out what life is all about.
Although it’s an odd story, a bizarre premise following a concept that I hope doesn’t catch on, it’s still endearing. They’re great characters, there’s plenty of humour in there too, and it’s believable whilst at the same time being totally unreal. And it comes to an unexpectedly happy ending, so phew!