The Empathy Problem


Author: Gavin Extence

9781473605220 | PB | pp. 410 | 2016 | ‎ Hodder & Stoughton

The Empathy Problem is the story of driven power hungry businessman whose life changes for the better in the wake of an illness.

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Driven by money, power and success, Gabriel has worked ruthlessly to get to the very top of the banking game. He’s not going to let the inconvenience of a terminal brain tumour get in his way.

But the tumour has other ideas. As it grows, it appears to be doing strange things to Gabriel’s personality. Whether he likes it or not. he seems to be becoming less selfish, less mercenary, less unlikeable.

Once he could dismiss the rest of humanity as irrelevant. Now he’s not so sure. Women, in particular, are becoming worryingly three-dimensional, And none more so than Caitlin. the ‘unremarkable’ girl he sees busking on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. When she plays her violin. Gabriel could almost believe that he has a soul…

But as each day that passes brings him closer to his last, has time run out for second chances?


Gavin Extence







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‎ Hodder & Stoughton





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United Kingdom

About the Author

The author lives in Sheffield with his wife and children. He has written two previous novels, the Richard and Judy bestseller, The Universe Versus Alex Woods and The Mirror World of Melody Black, which was described as a cross between Bridget Jones’ Diary and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by a Simon Mayo Book Club reviewer.


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