Rob Thompson, a 22 year old advertising executive is excruciatingly shy and supremely unsuccessful at dating. In a desperate attempt to find a girlfriend, his best friend Sam advises him to seek the advice of a web community called The Pick-Up Artists, who use psychological techniques to help their members appeal to the opposite sex.
Follow Rob’s exploits in this colourful romantic comedy as he attempts to apply his newly learned techniques at an after work event and succeeds in getting a date which ends in disaster. As his confidence grows the plot thickens; he flirts with another colleague, then finds himself attracted to the advertising director as well, who is clearly out of his league.
Rob attempts to juggle all three women through a variety of challenging situations including an office football game, the local pub, a seemingly harmless barbecue and a near fatal attempt at DIY. He battles to weave PUA advice into his chaotic social life, in a world where women are far more complex and sophisticated than he could ever be.
Will Rob make the grade, or crash, burn and fade?
The Pick-Up Artist is a colourful comedy for the digital age with a modern twist on the quest for love.
His first novel Song of the Sea God was short listed for the Daily Telegraph Novel in a Year prize and won the eFestival of Words award for Best Literary Fiction. As a short story, it also won The Bridport Prize. Chris works as a PR officer for UK children’s charity WellChild and spent more than 20 years as a journalist on regional newspapers, first as a crime reporter and later as news editor of Gloucester’s evening newspaper The Citizen and editor of the weekly Gloucestershire News Series. He was born on Walney Island off the coast of Cumbria in the North of England but now lives in Gloucester with his wife, their two teenage sons and Murphy, a Cockerpoo. Chris has a very popular blog where he talks about reading, writing and more. See www.ChrisHillAuthor.co.uk for details.
Chris established a tremendous readership after winning The Bridport Prize with his début novel Song of the Sea God and The Pick-Up Artist is being eagerly awaited by many of them. It’s a departure from the subject matter of his previous novel and delivers brilliantly worded, colourful, natural humour about the exhaustive pursuit of a sexual partner.