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Description - Man and Boy by Tony Parsons

A fabulously engaging and exciting novel about a man who has to learn about life and love the hard way. Harry Silver has it all. A successful job in TV, a gorgeous wife, a lovely child. And in one moment of madness, he chucks it all away. Man and Boy is the story of how he comes to terms with his life and achieves a degree of self-respect, bringing up his son alone and, gradually, learning what words like love and family really mean. It is very well written, pacy, funny, and heart-breakingly moving.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780006512134
ISBN-10: 0006512135
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 30mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Harper
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Man and Boy by Tony Parsons

UK Kirkus Review » 'Love is what's left when being in love has gone. It's when you care about someone and hope they're happy, but you're not under any illusions about them... In the end it's the only kind of love that really matters' said Gina. I have absolutely no idea what you're going on about' said Harry. And that's exactly your problem,' says Gina - and walks out. When Harry, now a single father of a five-year-old son, meets Cyd, a single mother of a five-year-old daughter, his problems are quadrupled. There are now four grown-ups in the equation, and two children who share the genes of the four grown-ups. Harry and Cyd both have ghosts in their lives who come and go - one on a motor-bike, the other on the telephone from Tokyo. Harry worries about his son's future, with no parental role-models to give him relationship guidance and skills, or any sense of responsibility. Ignoring the thick scattering of expletives, this is a tender, realistic and sensitive novel to stimulate thought and concern for coming generations; which crosses existing generation and gender boundaries with comedy, pathos, common sense - and a smidgeon of optimism. After all, the human race has been around for a very long time - and not always in the form of the nuclear family. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Parsons's first novel, a bestseller in his native England, is the unabashedly sentimental tale of a carefree husband suddenly thrust into single parenthood..Harry Silver approaches his 30th birthday with something like dread. In the grip of a severe if premature midlife crisis, he buys an expensive sports car and takes the new associate producer at The Marty Mann Show, the small-time TV talk program he produces, to bed. His loving wife Gina, a Japanese translator who gave up her own career to be a full-time mom, can forgive the first infraction, but not the second; within hours she's taken off with their four-year-old son Pat. And although Harry swears his life is nothing without Pat - especially once he gets fired - it gets a lot more complicated when Gina takes off for Japan to catch up on all her missed opportunities and gives him his wish. 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 Mason, and having an even more improbable job (better boss, more flexibility, part-time hours) fall into his lap. Parsons's main addition to this familiar casserole is Harry's need to come to terms with his own father, the hero he'd always longed to be - a wish that's now coming true in the saddest way imaginable.."This isn't Kramer vs. Kramer," Harry's lawyer tells him on Gina's inevitable return to England to fight for custody, but that's exactly what it is, right down to the "Star Wars" figures, the hard-won pieties, and the denial that the '80s and '90s ever happened. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll remember seeing this all before.. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Tony Parsons

Tony Parsons is the author of Man and Boy , winner of the Book of the Year prize. His subsequent novels - One For My Baby, Man and Wife, The Family Way, Stories We Could Tell and My Favourite Wife - were all bestsellers. He lives in London.

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