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Publisher's Summary

Every 179 days Robbie forgets everything. He knows this because last time it happened, he wrote himself a letter explaining it. The disorientation. The fear. The bizarre circumstances imposed by the rare neurological condition he lives with. 

To survive the forgetting - to cope with his recurring loss of identity - Robbie leads a solitary, regimented life. Lives alone. Speaks to no one if he can avoid it. Works to complete a strange herculean task set for him by his former self. 

And then, with 12 days left before his next forgetting, Julie invades his life. Young, beautiful - the only woman he can ever remember meeting. 

As the hour draws near, Robbie is forced to confront the fact that his past is very different from how he had imagined it. And when Julie reveals her own terrible secret, he must find a way to come to terms with the truth about himself. 

Hugh Breakey is an award-winning and widely published philosopher. He has previously worked as a kitchen hand, editor, airport construction worker, theatre director, ethics consultant, pinball repairer, disk jockey, tennis-court builder and university lecturer. Hugh lives in rural Australia with his two children and his wife, novelist and New York Times best seller Kylie Scott.

©2021 Hugh Breakey (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"This is a wonderful book - moving, intelligent and entertaining." (Graeme Simsion, best-selling author of the Rosie trilogy)

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Wow! I didn’t want this to end and so I’m hoping for more to come. How hard life must have been for Robbie and Julie but my heart broke for Julie. The guilt and heartache Julie would have endured and then to have it come crushing down over and over again with each forgetting. The slow burn ended in a frenzy of unknown new beginnings.
Enjoyed reading/listening to this first book release by Hugh Breakey and looking forward to new readings from him and hopefully a little more of Robbie and Julie.

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Good concept poorly executed

The idea was interesting, but the story really didn’t seem believable to me. Narrator was very perky but overall I would not recommend

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enjoyed listening to the story... good storyline... narrator was great ... couldn't put it down

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