CAN LOVE BE COMMODIFIED?
Tom and Vicki meet at university in Liverpool in the Beatles era. When she tricks him into being tested on a lie detector, her questions are intrusive and he loses trust in her, but becomes obsessively in love with this capricious feline.
To escape being distracted from his studies by her, he suspends being with her until he can complete his course of studies. This is satirised as a short trade in a commodity. Dealing in love as a commodity lands him in trouble with her.
The novel Short of Love is a humorous semi-autobiographical troubled romance.
When his studies are completed, he tries to take up with Vicki again. He doesn’t succeed immediately because he is in Canada working as an engineer. He keeps in touch with her and is successful in his job, becoming CEO of the company that exploits a developing country, Vicki opposes him. This is an exciting romance based on true events. Will Vicki and Tom ever trust each other and resolve their differences?
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LOVE SLAP LOSES TRUST
Short of Love (2018) is a novel by Martin Knox, similar to ‘The Slap’ by Christos Tsiolkas (2008). Both novels commence with dramatic incidents pivotal in relationships throughout the stories.
The Slap is bitterly disputed within a family, whereas in Short of Love, Vicki tricks Tom to take a lie detector test, as a university student in Liverpool in the Beatles era, losing his trust. Knox’s book satirizes conventional love relationships and when Tom commodifies their love it backfires disastrously, blowing him and Vicki apart. He is obsessed with her, becoming an irrepressible hippy and a vulnerable CEO. It is a tantalizing love story, a fast-moving page turner with an unexpected ending.
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SHORT OF LOVE
This book is a page-turning biofiction spanning decades from Beatlemania oil to international oil industry hegemony. Tom wants Vicki, but she plays hard to get and he puts her aside for later. He is diverted by a relationship with someone else, by having children and by an ambitious career as a CEO overseas. Events don’t work out the way he plans, but after the children have left home, he tries to revive his relationship with Vicki. Will he be able to get back with her? Short of Love is a novel that satirises dealing in love as a commodity short, with insights into a relationship where a man tries to reduce his vulnerability to love that adversely affects his career. This is an action-packed story in the UK, Canada and Africa with ethical and humanitarian dilemmas.
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