Come Again by Robert Webb
We didn’t quite manage to put Peep Show to one side for our chat about Robert Webb’s debut novel, Come Again.
Grieving Kate Marsden is struggling to see the point in anything following the death of her husband Luke. After a deep sleep she wakes up in her 18-year-old body at freshers’ week at York Uni. She realises she is about to meet her future dead husband again for the first time, and that she has a chance to save him.
We had a good old ramble about Webb at the beginning (Haj interrupted his day for an autograph at King’s Cross, and Curtis has watched Peep Show more times than he should be proud of (though he is proud).)
As with Normal People, we found ourselves talking about uni and of course you’ll find the usual smattering of one-star reviews. If you want to get to the actual book chat rather than our thoughts on the author, we recommend starting at about minute 7.
You can’t fall in love for the first time twice …
Kate’s husband Luke – the man she loved from the moment she met him twenty-eight years ago – died suddenly. Since then she has pushed away her friends, lost her job and everything is starting to fall apart.
One day, she wakes up in the wrong room and in the wrong body. She is eighteen again but remembers everything. This is her college room in 1992. This is the first day of Freshers’ Week. And this is the day she first meets Luke.
But Luke is not the man that she lost: he’s still a boy – the annoying nineteen-year-old English student she first met. Kate knows how he died and that he’s already ill. If they can fall in love again she might just be able to save him. She’s going to try to do everything exactly the same …
Read the book, listen to the podcast, and tell us what you think.