Apart From The Crowd

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Mary was born to be unlucky but she’s a fighter and despite a painful past, part of her still hopes for a happy ending. She just needs someone to remind her.

Sam is a waster and a disappointment. He once had it all, but that didn’t stop the thing that haunts him from destroying everything. He just wants a fresh start.

Penny’s the life and soul of every party. She’s also a drunk and some would say a home wrecker. No one knows how lonely she really is.

Ivan’s a gentleman. He shouldn’t care about the woman who left him, taking his kids, but he does because deep down, he knows that something is not right.

Adam loves his kids and for them he’s given up the woman and town he loves, but Adam doesn’t even like his wife and that’s a problem.

Five souls have five months to change their fate.

German Version Book Cover:

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No Way To Say Goodbye UK – This is the UK version of “Apart From The Crowd”

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 Some Reviews of Apart From The Crowd

“No denying McPartlin has a way with words…. McPartlin has a good ear for everyday speech.”

Sunday Tribune 05.11.06

Apart from the Crowd – fabulous”. “…great book…different…”.  “Ten out of Ten”. “…loved it so much…”. “Fantastic stocking filler”.

Lynsey Dolan, Dublin Country Mix 106.8FM 15.11.06

“So far, so grim, you might think – but I loved every page of it. Anna McPartlin beautifully captures each character, revealing their past and present lives while weaving their stories together intricately and keeping you truly absorbed from start to finish. It so impressed me that I will be reading it again.”

Irish Mail on Sunday, Joanne Kelly 19.11.06

“Anna’s new novel stands out from the crowd…. Apart from the Crowd is a tension-filled tale of five people who are down on their luck and they struggle to find contentment in their lives.”

Evening Echo Mary Malone, 25.11.06

“All in all, the interweaving stories of the central characters make for a rollicking good read”.

Eve Kelliher, The Kingdom, 28.11.06

Apart from the Crowd is set in Kerry, with the pounding Atlantic and streaming rain much in evidence. But one of the leads is an American: Sam is introduced as a dying addict, brought in unconscious to a detox centre by some ‘Richie Riches’ in a limo who hastily decamp. A short sharp therapy programme later and he’s back on top, launching the latest boyband. And a lep and a hop after that, he’s in Kerry, driving in the dark over a mountain in the lashings of rain and looking for his rootedness. In Kerry is the ultimate Madonna: Mary, the kind woman who is the heart of a whole group of friendships. The characters give the story the perfect selling points for an American audience: exotic and glamorous enough to be a little foreign, yet US-centric enough too. It’s a big, sprawling novel, the kind you can drop and pick up again over months. But it’s a great story for rattling along, with fantastic anecdotes popping suddenly out of nowhere, like the husband who writes fake letters to his wife from her family, rather than face telling her that they’re all dead.”

Evening Herald Lucille Redmond 06.01.07

“Only eleven months after her bestselling debut, Pack Up The Moon, Anna McPartlin is back in the bookshops with another page-turner, Apart From The Crowd — which delves into the healing process in the aftermath of loss. Influenced by the death of her parents and a friend at an early age, McPartlin’s books could be grim, but her experience as a stand-up comic provide a counterbalance, producing nicely rounded novels with a light touch….With a nod in the direction of Venus Reborn by Martina Devlin, Apart From The Crowd is both amusing and touching with a nice twist at the end – the perfect escape if you want to give yourself a little time apart from the crowd.” Irish Independent Review 06.01.07

“…dealing with tragedy from a surprisingly humorous stance”.

Woman’s Way Erin McCafferty 17.01.07

“it was Anna’s insight into the psychology of characters, and the weaving of her own philosophy through the narrative that made it a cut above the usual ‘chick lit’.”

Kerry’s Eye 18.01.07

“Quite an amount of grief for such a small group, and at first glance this may seem the most depressing book ever written. But McPartlin relieves the darker moments with humour, while never making light of the sensitive issues of death, alcoholism and drug addiction….capable of writing sensitively and compassionately about death, loss and pain; a talent which shines through in her characters….Apart From the Crowd is a delightful roller-coaster ride of emotion — and a surprisingly light and enjoyable read, given its subject matter.”

Sunday Independent Living 01.04.07

“Anna McPartlin stands out as a different kind of writer in this genre. Her tone and her characters are more serious. Apart From the Crowd is a very enjoyable read.” Irish Farmers Monthly July 2007

“Anna McPartlin’s second offering is a rollicking good read.” Sunday World, Marisa Mackle, 8th July 2007

No denying McPartlin has a way with words…. McPartlin has a good ear for everyday speech.”

Sunday Tribune 05.11.06

Apart from the Crowd – fabulous”. “…great book…different…”.  “Ten out of Ten”. “…loved it so much…”. “Fantastic stocking filler”.

Lynsey Dolan, Dublin Country Mix 106.8FM 15.11.06

“So far, so grim, you might think – but I loved every page of it. Anna McPartlin beautifully captures each character, revealing their past and present lives while weaving their stories together intricately and keeping you truly absorbed from start to finish. It so impressed me that I will be reading it again.”

Irish Mail on Sunday, Joanne Kelly 19.11.06

“Anna’s new novel stands out from the crowd…. Apart from the Crowd is a tension-filled tale of five people who are down on their luck and they struggle to find contentment in their lives.”

Evening Echo Mary Malone, 25.11.06

“All in all, the interweaving stories of the central characters make for a rollicking good read”.

Eve Kelliher, The Kingdom, 28.11.06

Apart from the Crowd is set in Kerry, with the pounding Atlantic and streaming rain much in evidence. But one of the leads is an American: Sam is introduced as a dying addict, brought in unconscious to a detox centre by some ‘Richie Riches’ in a limo who hastily decamp. A short sharp therapy programme later and he’s back on top, launching the latest boyband. And a lep and a hop after that, he’s in Kerry, driving in the dark over a mountain in the lashings of rain and looking for his rootedness. In Kerry is the ultimate Madonna: Mary, the kind woman who is the heart of a whole group of friendships. The characters give the story the perfect selling points for an American audience: exotic and glamorous enough to be a little foreign, yet US-centric enough too. It’s a big, sprawling novel, the kind you can drop and pick up again over months. But it’s a great story for rattling along, with fantastic anecdotes popping suddenly out of nowhere, like the husband who writes fake letters to his wife from her family, rather than face telling her that they’re all dead.”

Evening Herald Lucille Redmond 06.01.07

“Only eleven months after her bestselling debut, Pack Up The Moon, Anna McPartlin is back in the bookshops with another page-turner, Apart From The Crowd — which delves into the healing process in the aftermath of loss. Influenced by the death of her parents and a friend at an early age, McPartlin’s books could be grim, but her experience as a stand-up comic provide a counterbalance, producing nicely rounded novels with a light touch….With a nod in the direction of Venus Reborn by Martina Devlin, Apart From The Crowd is both amusing and touching with a nice twist at the end – the perfect escape if you want to give yourself a little time apart from the crowd.” Irish Independent Review 06.01.07

“…dealing with tragedy from a surprisingly humorous stance”.

Woman’s Way Erin McCafferty 17.01.07

“it was Anna’s insight into the psychology of characters, and the weaving of her own philosophy through the narrative that made it a cut above the usual ‘chick lit’.”

Kerry’s Eye 18.01.07

“Quite an amount of grief for such a small group, and at first glance this may seem the most depressing book ever written. But McPartlin relieves the darker moments with humour, while never making light of the sensitive issues of death, alcoholism and drug addiction….capable of writing sensitively and compassionately about death, loss and pain; a talent which shines through in her characters….Apart From the Crowd is a delightful roller-coaster ride of emotion — and a surprisingly light and enjoyable read, given its subject matter.”

Sunday Independent Living 01.04.07

“Anna McPartlin stands out as a different kind of writer in this genre. Her tone and her characters are more serious. Apart From the Crowd is a very enjoyable read.” Irish Farmers Monthly July 2007

“Anna McPartlin’s second offering is a rollicking good read.” Sunday World, Marisa Mackle, 8th July 2007