Calling Major Tom – David. M. Barnett

5 Stars

Blurb: ‘Calling Major Tom is a heart-warming and ultimately life-affirming story of a man Image result for calling major tomwho has given up on the world… but discovers in the most unlikely way that it might not have given up on him.

We all know someone like Thomas.The grumpy next-door-neighbour who complains to the Residents’ Committee about the state of your front lawn. The man who tuts when you don’t have the correct change at the checkout. The colleague who sends an all-company email when you accidentally use the last drop of milk.

Thomas is very happy to be on his own, far away from other people and their problems.

But beneath his cranky exterior lies a story and a sadness that is familiar to us all. And he’s about to encounter a family who will change his view of the world.’


Wow, wow, wow, wow. Just… WOW. If I said I loved this book, it would be an understatement!!

I usually like reading gloomy, gory crime thrillers, but sometimes I need a break from all that depressing stuff. I’m not sure how I came across this book, but I’m SO glad I did. It’s been dubbed as the ‘Feel good novel of 2017’, which is kind of the vibe I was looking for and I cannot tell you how glad I am that it lived up this claim!

So, the book is about a man called Thomas Major who is going to be the first man on Mars. He decides to take this weird opportunity on the same day that David Bowie dies. (You didn’t think that a book called ‘Calling Major Tom’ would just ignore Bowie, did you!?). The only reason he ends up being in this position is because the astronaut who was supposed to do it drops dead in front of Thomas. So, he seizes the opportunity. The reason he wants to do it is because he’s had enough of being on earth surrounded by other human beings. He’s miserable, he likes being miserable and doesn’t feel like he deserves to be happy. Going to Mars is essentially a suicide mission. It’s his job to go there and attempt to make it inhabitable for other humans.

When he’s in space he accidentally makes contact with the Omerod family when he dials his ex-wife’s mobile number. And so begins an unlikely but heart-warming relationship. The Omerod family help Major Tom realise that no one can truly survive in a vacuum and for the first time in years he feels happy.

I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone because I think this is a book that you should all read over the Christmas period. It made me laugh, it made me cry sad years…. BUT for the first time in absolutely ages, I cried happy tears while reading a book!

Calling Major Tom is only £1.99 for Kindle at the moment, so click here if you want a nosey!

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