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A Married Man [Paperback]

Piers Paul Read
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12 Jun 1981
Every August, barrister John Strickland leaves London for the annual holiday at his wife Clare`s family home in Norfolk. This year, on a lazy summer`s afternoon Strickland, reads something that changes his life for good. All that Strickland has accepted as the way things are, for good or bad, is turned on its head. In a few short months he turns from middle-class lawyer into socialist MP, from loving husband to adulterer and more. Until one of his more cruel mid-life fantasies is brought to life - and John Strickland finds that despite everything he is and always will be a married man.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (12 Jun 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330263692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330263696
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Piers Paul Read is a well-known journalist and the author of several acclaimed and bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction, including the phenomenal bestseller Alive!. He is married to Emily Read and they have four children. He is a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, the Evening Standard, The Times and the Spectator --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of Read's best novels within a complelling collection, A Married Man is set amidst the turbulent political background of the 1970s UK. It centres upon the aspirations & desires of a complex & successful lawyer...a man who 'has it all' but fails to reach fulfilment as he gallops toward middle age. Read introduces hopes & fears familiar to many - the doubts, fears and intentions of a 'good' middle class male in modern Britain. An excellent read...grab a copy fast!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 26 Aug 2009
By Tilly
This is an excellent read. The story appears at first to be fairly mundane, but as you get involved with the characters, particularly the main one, it's a book I found hard to put down. Excellent conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We need more novels of this calibre 29 Feb 2012
Another reviewer has referred to this novel as old fashioned, but I am not sure why? The themes of adultery and loyalty and couples trying to fnd their way feel very modern, even if the book itself is set in the 1970s. The morality of a barrister who peruades an innocent client to plead guilty, on the basis that he will get a lesser sentence if the court fails to accept his story is about as up to date a question as there could be. Piers Paul Read writes well, so that scenes and characters spring off the page and take root in your mind, and like all good novels, the underlying issues which are raised by the story continue to interest the reader long after the book is over. It would have been easy to have allowed issues of religion and politics to take over the novel, but the writing is too skillfull for that and the story is key. A tale well told and worth re-reading.
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