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Departures: Seven Stories from Heathrow [Kindle Edition]

Tony Parsons
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‘A fascinating concept, very well executed . . . Perfect to dip in and out of.’ Sun

‘Packs a surprisingly strong punch . . . Parsons captures just what it means to be grounded in a transitory world’ Mirror

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Seven short stories from bestselling author Tony Parsons, based on his week as Writer in Residence at Heathrow airport.

Here is Heathrow as it has never been seen before – a secret city populated by the 75 million travellers who pass through every year, a place where journeys and dreams end – and begin.
From the brilliant twenty-something kids who control the skies up in Air Traffic Control to the softly-spoken man who cares for the dogs, lions and smuggled rattlesnakes at Heathrow’s Animal Reception Centre, from the immigration officers who have heard it all before to the firemen who hone their skills by setting the green plane on fire, from the armed police who watch for terrorist attacks to the pilots who have touched the face of god – Heathrow teems with life.
In Departures, his first collection of short stories, Tony Parsons takes us deep inside the secret city.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (27 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007458657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007458653
  • ASIN: B005JTCP7I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hello - and thanks for checking out my page at Amazon Author Central.

I'm not going to drone on and on - I know you have books to read - but this is the perfect place to tell you a little about me, and something about my new novel - THE MURDER BAG, which will be published in its first edition in May 2014.

THE MURDER BAG is my first crime novel and features the debut of Detective Max Wolfe of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command at London's West End Central - 27 Savile Row.

My first job in journalism was at New Musical Express - there's a shot of me with Bruce Springsteen on this page, when we were young and stepping out into the New York night wearing only our vests - but my first journalism that didn't involve hanging out with rock stars was soon after I left the NME when I was embedded with the Vice Squad at 27 Savile Row, West End Central. The roots of THE MURDER BAG start there.

When I was creating the world of Max Wolfe, I knew that one of the things I wanted to do was give my crime novel an evocative sense of place - like Los Angeles in the novels of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy, or Edinburgh in the Rebus novels by Ian Rankin, or Brighton in the Roy Grace novels of Peter James - and my home city is London.
27 Savile Row felt like an original location - and it had a nice ring to it, like Sherlock Holmes at home strumming the violin in Baker Street. The London of THE MURDER BAG is contemporary London but the past weighs heavily because London is full of ghosts - so it is also the London of Jack the Ripper, the Krays and the Black Museum - which is Room 101 at New Scotland Yard, closed to the public, where the relics of 150 years of terrible crimes are kept to remind policemen that they risk their lives every time they go to work. The Black Museum is important to THE MURDER BAG and crucial to my detective - the Black Museum is where Max Wolfe goes to seek wisdom and guidance from a man who is to become his greatest ally. But I don't want to spoil the book...

I have loved crime fiction all my life and I know that the very best of it honours the form while adding something fresh, an unexpected twist. That's what I tried to do with THE MURDER BAG at every step of the way.

With the murderer. With his crimes. With the weapon. With the location. With The Black Museum. And most of all, with my detective - a single parent, an amateur boxer, a coffee-addicted insomniac who is a good man but who wants to be better.

Max feels very real to me, and I think that's why the book has been supported by some of the greatest thriller and crime writers in the world. If you will forgive me for a solo on my own trumpet for a second - the great Lee Child said of THE MURDER BAG: "Spectacular! Tense but human, fast but authentic - maybe this is what Tony Parsons should have been doing all along." I wanted to create a serial hero - one of those mythic characters like Sherlock Holmes or Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe or Harry Hole - so to get the nod from Lee Child is great, because nobody has created a more brilliant serial hero in recent years than Lee Child with his Jack Reacher.

A bit about me. I always knew that I would write. I knew that nothing would stop me. I always loved stories, I always found that books engaged me like nothing else, and helped me to make sense of the world.
I left school at 16, did a number of low paid unskilled jobs, and I was working on the night shift in Gordon's Gin Distillery in Islington when I was offered my first job in journalism on New Musical Express. Since then I have had my lean years as well as my good years - careers are never linear, you have to expect set-backs along the way - but I have become an award winning journalist and bestselling novelist, and my books have been published in over 40 languages, most recently Vietnamese. My semi-autobiographical novel, MAN AND BOY, won of the Book of the Year prize.
Other novels that did pretty good include ONE FOR MY BABY, MAN AND WIFE, MEN FROM THE BOYS, MY FAVOURITE WIFE and CATCHING THE SUN. Julia Roberts liked my novel THE FAMILY WAY so much that she bought the film rights. I also wrote a novel about my wild years at the NME, called STORIES WE COULD TELL, which all takes place the night that Elvis died.

But the next few years are all about Detective Max Wolfe for me. THE MURDER BAG is the first of a trilogy of crime novels featuring Max and his world - his 5-year-old daughter Scout, their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Black Museum and 27 Savile Row and the Max Wolfe lair - their home is a big loft that overlooks Smithfield meat market. I am currently working on the second Max Wolfe book, THE SLAUGHTER MAN, which will appear in 2015. The third Max Wolfe book will be published in 2016. I have the title and the plot but I will keep it under my hat for now.

I live in London with my wife, our daughter and our dog Stan - who has provided the model for Max Wolfe's fictional dog, also called Stan, funny enough, and who will now only speak to me through his lawyers.

I really hope that you like THE MURDER BAG. Thanks again for checking out this page, and for sticking with it to the end. Love and luck. Tony Parsons.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A quick but very enjoyable read 9 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A collection of short stories that together paint a vivid, endearing picture of life at Heathrow Airport, the people who work there and those who pass through. As others have said, it's a slim volume and very quick to read but the stories are varied, well researched and satisfying. One tale brought tears to my eyes and another made me laugh out loud (which is rare for me). I would recommend it to anyone who has ever been to Heathrow (or indeed any airport).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sad and informative 9 Feb 2012
By Bett
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because the Author's name is good enough for me to buy it straight away. I was not disappointed.

This book is informative and well researched into the activities at the airport - funny and sad at times too.

Very readable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Parsons 13 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read most if Tony Parsons book and this happens to be the worst one. It's as if he didn't write it and every ending finished with a dull thud of obvious and short conclusions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A light read 27 July 2013
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A good light read. Each story short enough to grab in a single read. 6 good, 1 uncomprehended ending! Recommended
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3.0 out of 5 stars Airborne Anecdotes 12 Jun 2013
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Although I haven't finished the book completely, I would not hesitate to pass it on to some of my friends and students. Still, I like more of a plot than the format can offer here.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Try a diferent airport 3 Mar 2013
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Found this very dull .Tony Parsons is a fab writer but this is nowhere near his usual standard .Maybe stories about airports is more a boy thing .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! 15 Jan 2013
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Tony Parsons has a knack and plugging into the humanity of any given situation, and with this book it is no different. readable and fun.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short book of short stories 1 Nov 2011
By LM x
Format:Paperback
At 144 pages this is a very short book of short stories. I found it a quick and easy read and think it would be good for someone just getting back into reading. It had a 'Tales of the Unexpected' feel to it, each story having an unexpected twist in the final lines. I work at a much smaller airport and have worked for the fire service too, so my interest was piqued with the product description. I bought this for my kindle and glad I only paid 1.99 for it.
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