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  • Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press Ltd; 1 edition (29 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906558140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906558147
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,450,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary is a novelist living in the northeast of England. His work, largely literary fiction, focuses on themes that touch us all -- love, death, loss and aspiration -- but always with an eye to finding an unusual angle or viewpoint. Quirky and highly readable, his writing aims to entertain first and foremost. If he can also offer a previously unfamiliar perspective or insight, all the better.

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If I Never centres on the growing love between two "social misfits". Clearly "meant for each other" in a most unusual way, the world and those around them threaten to pull them apart... the two drawn into the complicated lives of friends, consumed by unfolding mysteries and dangers.

About the Author

Gary is a writer from the north-east of England, he is an active blogger and tweeter within the writing community.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Rushton on 9 Dec. 2009
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I took this novel into hospital with me, thinking it might be nice to read of a night before bed. Well, in no more than 48 hours I had completed it.

It is definitely a page turner, with stories within stories and mysteries within mysteries. There is something for everyone, too, as it seamlessly covers several genres, not to mention the dark humour which saw me laugh out loud on several occasions.

The characters, as quirky as they are, are believable throughout and highly entertaining to read about. You will find yourself really rooting for Tara and Price along the way.

From the opening sentence to the last word, I enjoyed it immensely and whether in hospital or on holiday, I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. K. Davison on 16 Nov. 2009
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If I Never is a strange novel, in that, although it is very much a literary read, it is also very engaging and a page turner. Murning has the knack of making every situation real and believable, and his prose is word perfect.

Right from the start of the novel, the author is in full control, confident, and isn't afraid to cross a few 'naughty' boundaries, but in doing so, also shows that he has a grip of the pace of the story and how he wants this book to be read. Each and every character you come across, and not all of them, well, in fact, very few of them, are altogether pleasant or likeable, are utterly convincing and relevant.

The most rounded character, I found, excluding, Price, the narrator, was George, his best friend. A nasty piece of work, but with a great depth to him, that when you get to know him, you empathize with him, and think, what if?

The writing style of Gary Murning was very much to my likeing, a fine balance between descriptive power and what to leave to the reader, that will appeal to a wide audience. Looking forward to his next offering
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RavingReviewer on 1 Oct. 2012
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This tale introduces us to sad and lonely Price Waters, who shuts himself away from the world in his shabby bedsit, reading depressing literature and eating microwave ready meals. His sense of isolation began in school because of his anosmia (inability to smell) and with little choice of company he fell in with bullying and overbearing George Ruiz, who he remains 'friends' with to this day. Their relationship never quite rang true for me throughout the book, George failing to be as black and menacing as other reviewers seem to see him, and more comical and clueless to me, and therefore I couldn't quite believe his total control of Price.

Things start looking up for Price, when his dad gets him a job with an old friend Tony, as a gardener's assistant, and then at a Ruiz family party he meets George's cousin Tara and they fall for each other instantly.

George, however, has not finished with Price and the couple get pulled into sorting out problems from George's past. Only by helping George put his demons to rest will Price and Tara be able to move forward with their own lives together.

One of the wierdest sub plots for me was that of Tony (Price's employer) and his wheelchair bound, dribbling partner Claudia. For starters it didn't ring true that a high flying academic lawyer before her car accident, would fall for a somewhat hippy gardener. Then it seems unlikely, that Price, not Tony himself would find a way to communicate with her? What is this part of the novel about other than a plot device to give Tony a reason to help Price in the latter parts of the story? Maybe Murning is asking us to think about control in relationships, both here and with Price and George's friendship?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. E. Ray on 22 Nov. 2009
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A cleverly crafted, throughly enjoyable novel.

Well worth a read, you will be drawn in after the opening 3 sentences, and intrigued until the last sentence.

A brilliant debut novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Smyth on 2 Oct. 2009
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An excellent first book by Gary William Murning. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and wondering, all of the time, what was going to happen next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. Mccullough on 11 Dec. 2009
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Murning not only hooks your attention in from the first few sentences but keeps it the entire time way up until the last breath in the final sentence. With characters full of intensity and depth, including the nastier folk, the rhythm never falters and interest is fulfilled throughout. With beautiful details to the main relationship in the book it makes you want to know even more about these people. After reading this first offering from Murning I cannot wait to get my hands on the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eckythump on 10 Oct. 2009
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I learnt about this book by following Gary Murning on Twitter, and bought it simply because I had Tweeted with him - a bit of a gamble, then.

I needn't have worried, this is an excellent read, and one which keeps you reading. The characters, stories, scenarios are all such that you want to know what happens next. Frequent twists and turns in the tale further maintain interest.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and hope that, if you buy it, you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. J. Rogers on 10 Aug. 2010
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`If I Never' is a marvellous book and a fantastic debut from an author whose career I will follow with interest. Having read it several months ago, two things in particular still stand out.

The first is Mr. Murning's exceptional ability to create believable and sympathetic characters. It is impossible not to warm to the two protagonists as they find themselves thrown together in some delightfully peculiar situations. Likewise George, the novel's antagonist, is so well drawn that he exerts a malevolent influence even in scenes where he is not present, forever looming large over the lives of the young pair of misfits.

The second aspect of the book which I loved was Murning's exceptional sense of place. From the Italian gardens to a weird out of the way house to Price's cramped bedsit, all the locations simply ooze atmosphere and individuality. Murning's descriptions are top-class, too.

So all in all, a fab book well worth the read. I suggest you buy it today!
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