Johnny—a man who comes into the record shop almost every other day, called “Irish drunk” by Rob.
Alison Ashworth—Rob’s first girlfriend, who dumped him after three days.
Penny Hardwick—Rob’s young girlfriend who would not give into his sexual demands.
Jackie Allen—Rob stole Jackie from his best friend.
Phil—Rob’s best friend when he was a kid.
Charlie Nicholson—Rob’s first college girlfriend who Rob decided was out of his league.
Sarah Kendrew—Rob called Sarah a good match because she was just as average as he was
Laura Lydon—Laura and Rob had been living together. Laura leaves him at the beginning of the novel but returns at the end.
Ken Lydon—Laura’s dad. His death stirs Laura’s emotions and motivates her to return to Rob.
Janet—Lydon Laura’s mom.
Jo Lydon—Laura’s sister.
Liz—Laura’s friend who stays in touch with Rob.
Marie LaSalle—an American singer/songwriter whose songs make Rob cry. She has a short affair with Rob.
T-Bone—Marie's British friend who lets her stay in his apartment when she first comes to London.
Ian—a man Laura has an affair with when she breaks up with Rob.
Rosie—Rob has an affair with Rosie while living with Laura.
Paul and Miranda—Laura’s married friends, whom Rob learns to like.
Caroline—a young reporter who interviews Rob. He develops a crush on her for just a few days after Laura returns to live with him.