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Man and Wife

By Tony Parsons

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| Hardcover | 9780002261838

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Man and Wife, Tony Parsons' third novel, is the sequel to his bestselling debut Man and Boy. Like its predecessor, it traces the marital and parental misadventures of Harry Silver, a mawkish North London television producer--whose life Continue

Man and Wife, Tony Parsons' third novel, is the sequel to his bestselling debut Man and Boy. Like its predecessor, it traces the marital and parental misadventures of Harry Silver, a mawkish North London television producer--whose life bares a passing resemblance to Parsons' own.

Harry has remarried. Second wife, Cyd, and her feisty daughter, Peggy; provide him and his Phantom Menace obsessed son, Pat, with a family. Harry’s luck couldn’t be better. His television show, "Fish on Friday", is a hit and Cyd's posh catering company, "Food Glorious Food", is thriving. However, Harry is not the only one starting again. His ex-wife Gina has also remarried. Her partner Richard (who must be the only thirtysomething male on the planet who hates Star Wars) is Pat's "new father". When the couple announce they are moving to America--taking Pat with them--Harry reacts, in time-honoured fashion, by attacking Richard.

Separated from his son by the Atlantic and struggling as Peggy's stepfather, Harry begins to yearn for a good old-fashioned "normal, family life"--the kind his lovely old mum and dear departed dad enjoyed. Rather surprisingly, he decides that Kazumi, an attractive Japanese photographer friend of Gina's, could be the answer to his prayers.

Male frailty and the perils of modern parenting are Parsons forte but this book, although occasionally touching, is overburdened by plot twists, unlikely conceits and whiffs of reactionary sentimentality. Parsons' fans are unlikely to be disappointed but, to indulge in a vaguely pertinent comparison, this follow up is definitely more Attack of the Clones than The Empire Strikes Back.--Travis Elborough

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    Harry Silver returns to face life in the "blended family" in this love story with a moral twist. The end of "Man and Boy" saw him heading for his second marriage. This story, which can be read as a sequel or on its own, finds him wondering if the ens ...(continue)

    Harry Silver returns to face life in the "blended family" in this love story with a moral twist. The end of "Man and Boy" saw him heading for his second marriage. This story, which can be read as a sequel or on its own, finds him wondering if the ensuing complications will prove too much.

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    Brian Gilberthorpe said on May 14, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    書很好看,但是真的讓人懷疑,出版流程中,這間出版社有"校對"這個流程嗎?

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    Antonylee1976 said on Jan 8, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    這本書把我丟入失落的邊緣。我閱讀到的是一個男人對愛情、生活、孩子的掙扎。雖然某方面來說,男主角是個混帳。結婚、生子、外遇、離婚、結婚、外遇....都快無限循環了。忠貞似乎對他而言並不存在,他所依循的似乎是自己的感覺感情。可是不知道為什麼,我雖然覺得他很混帳,但是我看到他真摯的情感,對孩子的真誠。即使我覺得他很混帳,但我卻羨慕他。

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    DS said on Dec 24, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    rest your eyes....if you can

    I have been there......I somehow still am....and probably I will always be...

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    Arabeska said on Jan 28, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Sequel of Man and boy

    Good start, then depressing as you really wonder about men0s infedelity. Loved the little boy though.

    Characters: Harry Silver, Syd

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    Mati said on Apr 26, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    Amazon.co.uk Review
    Man and Wife, the sequel to Tony Parsons' bestselling debut Man and Boy, follows the marital and parental misadventures of Harry Silver, a mawkish North London television producer. Harry has remarried. Second wife, Cyd, and h ...(continue)

    Amazon.co.uk Review
    Man and Wife, the sequel to Tony Parsons' bestselling debut Man and Boy, follows the marital and parental misadventures of Harry Silver, a mawkish North London television producer. Harry has remarried. Second wife, Cyd, and her feisty daughter, Peggy, provide him and his Phantom Menace obsessed son, Pat, with a family. Harry's luck couldn't be better. His television show, Fish on Friday, is a hit and Cyd's posh catering company, Food Glorious Food, is thriving. However, Harry is not the only one starting again. His ex-wife Gina has also remarried. Her partner Richard (who must be the only thirtysomething male on the planet who hates Star Wars) is Pat's "new father." When the couple announce they are moving to America--taking Pat with them--Harry reacts, in time-honoured fashion, by attacking Richard. Separated from his son by the Atlantic and struggling as Peggy's stepfather, Harry begins to yearn for a good old-fashioned "normal, family life"--the kind his lovely old mum and dear departed dad enjoyed. Rather surprisingly, he decides that Kazumi, an attractive Japanese photographer friend of Gina's, could be the answer to his prayers.
    Male frailty and the perils of modern parenting are Parsons' forte, but Man and Wife, although occasionally touching, is overburdened by plot twists, unlikely conceits and whiffs of reactionary sentimentality. Parsons' fans are unlikely to be disappointed but, to indulge in a vaguely pertinent comparison, this follow up is definitely more Attack of the Clones than The Empire Strikes Back. --Travis Elborough, Amazon.com

    Synopsis:Amazon.co.uk
    Harry Silver returns to face life in the "blended family." A wonderful new novel about modern times, which can be read as a sequel to the million selling Man and Boy, or completely on its own. Man and Wife is a novel about love and marriage - about why we fall in love and why we marry; about why we stay and why we go. Harry Silver is a man coming to terms with a divorce and a new marriage. He has to juggle with time and relationships, with his wife and his ex-wife, his son and his stepdaughter, his own work and his wife's fast-growing career. Meanwhile his mother, who stood so steadfastly by his father until he died, is not getting any younger or stronger herself. In fact, everything in Harry's life seems complicated. And when he meets a woman in a million, it gets even more so...Man and Wife stands on its own as a brilliant novel about families in the new century, written with all the humour, passion and superb storytelling that have made Tony Parsons a favourite author in over thirty countries.

    I read this about six years ago but obtained this copy for my husband to read as I thought he would enjoy it as well. He did!

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    Lindyloumac said on Oct 1, 2009 | Add your feedback

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