Rob Garland is getting married in two months. Oddly, however, this is the least of his problems. More vexing than the seating arrangements, the choice of wedding stationery - more even that the savagely obscene expense of everything - is the fact that Rob should be dead: and he knows it. Faced with an ultimatum from his girlfriend to either sort himself out, or call the wedding (and the whole relationship) off, he sets about trying to come to terms with how it is that, somehow, he's still inexplicably breathing. After pouring his heart out to the listeners on his late-night radio jazz show, he soon finds himself teamed up with others who really ought not to be alive, but who - for random, meaningless and, frankly, stupid reasons - unaccountably are. And that's when things become yet more worrying: because it turns out that their search to understand why they've each remained oddly alive might very well end up killing them all.
Love, death, religious beliefs, existential angst - Love and Other Near-Death Experiences is a jack-knifing comedy about those things which should be no laughing matter.
Mil Millington is the creator of the cult website www.thingsmygirlfriendandIhavearguedabout.com and co-founder of www.theweekly.co.uk. He writes for various newspapers and magazines and was named by the Guardian as one of the top five debut novelist of 2002. Mil lives in the West Midlands with his girlfriend and their two children.
Sharp, clever and thoughtful, with an unerringly accurate eye for the male-female dynamic. Lad lit grows up.
EASY LIVING (February 2006)
Witty and thoughtful.
YOU MAGAZINE, MAIL ON SUNDAY (8.1.06)
Sharp, entertaining and funny.
LEICESTER MERCURY (4.1.06)
'Sliding Doors meets Serendipity.' ****
COSMOPOLITAN (February 2006)
Quick-witted, sharp, entertaining and funny.
NEWS LETTER, Northern Ireland (9.1.06)
Lad-lit has never been so bright and cosy.
LOVE AND OTHER NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES really is laugh out loud funny...Millington has come up with an ingenious and...wholly original premise - the kind of premise that the aforementioned 99 per cent of comic novelists would walk barefoot across hot coals to have dreamt up.
THE SCOTSMAN (14.1.06) - Roger Cox
'...the plot is engaging, rapidly paced and punchy...Funny, sexy and intelligent, you?ll laugh out loud - then think about the choices you make in life. A must-read.'
SCARLET MAGAZINE (February)
Mil Millington...is sharp and witty and bright as a button.
DAILY TELEGRAPH (21.1.06) - Wiliam Leith
If there is a male Bridget Jones, bringing intimate dispatches from the other side of the sex divide, it is Mil Millington...He is horribly accurate and highly amusing about the nuts and bolts of modern relationships...Hilarious.
TIMES (21.1.06) - Kate Saunders
[a] side-splittingly good read...a hilarious musing on love, mortality and religion.
SUNDAY EXPRESS (22.1.06)
Highly amusing...The writing is consistently wry and the dialogue as sharp as in the best sitcoms.
EXPRESS (27.1.06) - Michael Arditti
Mil Millington's talent is for snappy dialogue, sarcasm and punning prose.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY (29.1.06)
DAILY MAIL (3.2.06) - Amber Pearson