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If I Never [Paperback]

Gary William Murning
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Book Description

29 Aug 2009
Price is used to living within the shadow of threatening friend George - forever in the fear that not to follow his lead with will end with a beating. However, new developments mean his life finally seems to be moving from the dormant and gaining some positive development. Before long, though, George is back and Price finds himself following his friend once more. But this time it is different - secrets are discovered, decisions are to be made and life and perspective will never be the same again. If I Never is a novel about asking questions but being unsure if you want to know the answers.

Product details

  • Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Legend Press Ltd; 1 edition (29 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906558140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906558147
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,196,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly brilliant. 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book! :D 22 Nov 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Did 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sense of place and menace 21 Dec 2009
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If I Never is a good story that explores relationships and events between characters in a multifaceted way. I liked the way the uneasy sense of menace grows through the story. I also liked the sense of place. So many novels have what seems to be a generic setting even when they say they are set in a particular place. Here we get to feel this place and know it's authentic. A Good night or beach read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Urgency 11 Dec 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Story
This is such a brilliant story. I love the way the author pulls you into the story and has created characters that really drive the it.
Published 4 months ago by Jane Lomas
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
If I Never is based around the central characters Price and Tara. They're ordinary working class people who've had their fair share of knocks in life but find solace in each other... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Shay's best friend
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I loved this book, from the beginning I was hooked, couldn't wait to go to bed and read. I could really identify with the characters as their personalities were so well portrayed.
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by Mulled Red
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising beginning, fails thereafter...
This novel starts off very well, setting up the relationship between Price and George,and I thought that this could develop into a very good psychological study. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by macdegen
5.0 out of 5 stars Unable to put it down
Again like many previous reviewers I was first introduced to this novel by the author on Twitter and was unable to put it down. Read more
Published on 2 May 2011 by H. Grogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Skilfully told mystery, full of colourful characters
If I Never by Gary William Murning is an extremely well written debut novel, told in the first person through the eyes of the very likeable character, Price. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2011 by Aegeanjan
5.0 out of 5 stars great
thanks to twitter i discovered gary and this book and what a great read this book is and what a true gentleman gary is i look forward to more titles @stewpot
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Mr. S. C. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars If I Never Purchase
Just to say that my item arrived in one piece just a couple of days after I ordered. Very happy with service and would definitely use this supplier again.
Published on 22 Dec 2010 by gbday
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
What an excellent first novel from Gary Murning. His characters have real depth and are skillfully brought to life through his writing. Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2010 by Littlebead
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to categorise
I have just finished the extremely pleasurable task of reading this first novel by Gary William Murning and I'm still not sure what I've been reading. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by Marilyn Ambroziak
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