Man And Boy by Tony Parsons
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"Hilarious and tear-jerking in turns."—Express


"A touching novel! Full of tenderness and written from the heart."—Independent


"A sharp, witty, and wise book."—Daily Mail


Some situations to avoid when preparing for your all-important, finally-I-am-fully-grown thirtieth birthday.


•Having a one-night stand with a colleague from work.

•The rash purchase of luxury items you can't afford.

•Being left by your wife.

•Losing your job.

•Suddenly becoming a single parent.


If you are coming up on thirty, whatever you do, don't do any of that. It will f*** up your whole day.

 

About Tony Parsons

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Tony Parsons is a writer in England. In the 1970's, Parsons was a music journalist for NME, the British equivalent of Rolling Stone. His interviews with some of the biggest bands on punk music made him a cult figure among the youth of England.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 364 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance. Fiction
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There follow the requisite scenes of Harry failing at cooking and cleaning, losing every telephone argument with Gina (who gets much better lines than he does), wilting under the gimlet eyes of the mothers who wait with him outside school, looking for romance with the improbably receptive Cyd Mas...

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Because of her eight-year-old daughter Peggy, Harry's new wife Cyd is still in contact with her ex, Jim.

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Man and Wife by Tony Parsons 297pp, HarperCollins, £16.99 Few things are predictable in publishing, but such is his commercial and literary track record that Tony Parsons provides some exceptional certainties.

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The theme of this alternately wry and maudlin debut from London writer Parsons ""love means knowing when to let go"" won't make Love Story's mantra obsolete, but this novel shimmers with a sentimentality that could appeal widely to those who enjoyed Segal's romance classic and to their progeny.

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What prevents the book from dissolving into pure mush is Parsons's eye for the humor in awkward situations—the supermarket scene in which Peggy blandly makes Harry out to be a child molester is beautifully done—and his nostalgic feeling for an older generation made of sterner stuff: his portrait ...

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Entertainment Weekly

Already a smash in England — with just under a million copies sold — Man and Boy turns out to be just the latest ''charming man-child struggling with maturity'' salvo from across the pond.

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Nights and Weekends

This is a book about what happens to a man when his own stupidity splits his family apart.

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