Man and Wife, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


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.


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I have become a fan of Tony Parsons in much the same way that I have of Nick Hornby - here are two men who are able to write about 'girly stuff'; i.e. relationships, family, love, marriage, children, without being, well, girly. Parsons is a little too sentimental at times, and Harry Silver is a very self-indulgent character who can really grate on your nerves at times as the emobidiment of all that sentimentality. But what is great about this and the other books of his that I've read is that they are honest about how modern life has changed the way relationships are conducted, and altered the outcomes for so many people. This and his other books illustrate how messy and unstraightforward life can be, and that there is no longer a traditional set of rules by which to live your life and relate to others. I laughed out loud a few times, cried several, and got quite annoyed with Harry Silver a lot. A good read, but not as good as 'Man and Boy'.

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