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Manners [Paperback]

Robert Newman
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3 Sep 1998
Manners has been suspended from duty for the murder of a local hood,. The enquiry cannot work out why Manners was seen to be beating his body after death. Our hero, a decorated police officer of superior intelligence, is awaiting his trial and has time to weave the stories of his life together.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; First Edition, First Impression edition (3 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241139805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241139806
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 721,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A worthy comeback.
Buy this book! After a long period in hiding I hope my latest effort will not disappoint. Copies of 'Dependence Day' now appear to have disappeared from the bookshop shelves, so don't let me down. Don't misinterpret this as desperation-there's nothing wrong with a bit of free advertising. Happy New Year!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At times infuriating yet utterly engaging. 7 July 2001
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Robert Newman's second novel is courageous in subject matter, yet brilliantly executed, combining the very personal account of a police officer's demise and eventual breakdown, with a fervent social conscience. 'Manners' is also shrewdly researched, presenting an honest and surprisingly new slant on police work - a far cry from the hackneyed 'bobby on the beat' that we've become so accustomed to on TV. PC John Manners is a modern day Byronic hero. He'll charm you then let you down at every turn, proving the novel at times infuriating yet utterly engaging. The character quickly slips through your fingers and then drags you down with him into the dark and unsettling world of life without structure or responsibility, chillingly reminding you that actually it's not that far down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deep, dark, but compulsively funny 28 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Manners is a far cry from Newman's earlier Dependence Day (which was excellent if a little 'light weight'), here the darker, nastier side of life is explored with an intensity that compels and exhausts the reader but drags you screaming towards it's unpleasant finale. Read it twice and they'll lock you away! I loved it though, Mr Newman can do no wrong in my book (until he reads it). Here's to many more where this came from...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I loved Robert Newman's TV work and was looking forward to some belly laughs worthy of industrial strength incontinence pads.
I was wrong to do so!
I found his account of the tortured life led by this wretched human (who I wanted to adopt by the end of the book) so dark that I lost all sense of time and just about managed to fool myself that the hours spent reading the book instead of sleeping or working were justified. Manners is a fantastic read. I sincerely recommend it. WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T READ THE BACK COVER UNTIL YOU'VE FINISHED THE BOOK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly amusing, clever must read book. 21 Jan 2000
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I'm already a big fan of Rob Newman, his books and comedy never disappoint and true to form this is the case again...Manners aims to get you thinking and successfully does so... If its a thought provoking book littered with comedy moments you're should look no further
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I could not put this book down. The words painted such complete pictures and I felt totally absorbed into the whole story. Yes, it is very sad and yet at the same time there is humour to lift you. I did not want to reach the end but I also felt compelled towards it. I laughed, I cried, I felt angry and exhausted. A complete emotional 'work out'. Don't let anyone make it into a film or TV, the words are everything.
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