A middle-aged, succesful psychiatrist to America's celebrities reflect back over the high profile patients he has cured - a female folk singer with a stalker who claims to be the object of her love songs, a celebrated leading actress in MacBeth suffering from chronic stage fright and visions of her own death, and over-driven but remarkable young tennis star. As he delves back into past cases, he reveals his own troubled childhood, and his career and his rivalry with his best friend and fellow star psychiatrist Richard Aloisi. Bullet Points is the title of the psyciatric thesis that catapulted our narrator to fame, his discovery that one canget a lot of bizarre insight into people's lives if one lays out the defining facts like the index to a book. But as the story unfurls over the course of these reflections, we come to see our narrator is not the reliable witness to events that we first assumed he was - and that he might in fact be the one in need of a cure. When finally the bullet points of the narrator's life are laid out, the facts he has hidden from the reader are shockingly revealed. A fast, slick and at times brilliantly funny debut novel from one of British literature
Mark Watson was born in Bristol on February 13 1980 and educated at Bristol Grammar School and Queens' College, Cambridge, where he read English. He wrote the first draft of 'Bullet Points' in Toronto, where he worked briefly as a TV extra for 'Queer As Folk' and other shows of dubious merit. He has been performing on the stand-up comedy circuit since leaving university and, in 2002, won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award. He was nominated for a Perrier Best Newcomer Award in 2001 for the show 'Far Too Happy' and has been a runner up in Channel 4's 'So You Think You're Funny'. Bullet Points was originally a short story written for a competition in Cambridge. Although it won a prize, it was rejected by the student creative writing magazine, who never once published any of Watson's work in three years. The smouldering resentment which followed this long-term snub was probably what provided the impetus for the novel.