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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press; Reprint edition (28 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908262745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908262745
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,042,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having had a few short stories published, in 2001 I was accepted on to the MA in Creative Writing at Northumbria University, a two-year, part time course that covered both poetry and prose. In 2003 I graduated with a distinction and won the Blackwell Prize for Best Performance. Whilst I was on the course I finished my first novel The Boy I Love, which was published in July 2005 and went on to the top the Independent Publisher chart on Amazon. Since then I have had three more novels published: Paper Moon, (which won the Andrea Badenoch Award) Say You Love Me and The Good Father (which was long-listed for the Impac Prize). In 2003 Mudfog published a collection of my poetry, Service. At the moment I am working on my fifth novel. I also teach writing at Adult Education colleges and have taught on the MA courses for Teesside, Northumbria and Newcastle universities - teaching writing to students of all abilities and trying to draw out the best in their writing. I am often asked to read my work in venues throughout the country.

The previous paragraph reads as though my writing has always met with success, but of course before those 'few short stories' were published I struggled for many years - writing and destroying a couple of novels, discarding still more after a few pages, sending other novels off to agents and publishers with a great deal of hope and finger-crossing (and other magical thinking). Rejections followed; I'd write some more, give up, cry, start again, cry, start again. To be a published writer demands persistence and I would say a thick skin, but I'm not sure I have one of those, more an ability to get over the disappointments and convince myself that rejections aren't meant personally, however much they hurt. My consolation was (and is - as rejections remain part of my life) that I tried my best, and wrote what I wanted to write about in my own way. I write about relationships, mainly those between brothers and fathers and sons; I write a lot about sexual relationships, too: jealousies and obsessions, adultery and promiscuity. I'm very interested in war, and how men returning from war are treated and how they attempt to fit back into civilian life.

I live near Middlesbough in north east England, am 48, married (since 1985) with two children - Kay, aged 24, and Greg, 23. There's a bit about me on the web if you google my name, including a few reviews of my novels.

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Its evocation of quiet lives, intensely lived, is impressive -- The Guardian Nicholas Clee 'A real page-turner' New Books "the writing is intelligent, and the emotions heartfelt". -- Sally Zigmond Historical Novel Society

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Marion Husband is a compassionate and compelling writer exploring the complexities of human nature with great empathy. Her debut novel The Boy I Love,the first in the three part The Boy I Love Trilogy, won the Andrea Badenoch Fiction Award and The Blackwell Prize. Her other novels include The Good Father and Say You Love Me. She is married with two grown-up children and teaches creative writing.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Gregory on 2 Mar. 2007
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Unlike the reader below, I and my fellow book group readers found Marion Husband's second novel Paper Moon very readable and very entertaining and it provoked some very lively discussions within our group. I thought the sex scenes were very well written and moving and her evocation of post-war Britain was very convincing, all description being done with a light touch - one thing about Husband's writing - it is never boring. I also very much enjoyed the character development - especially that of the central character Bobby and liked the fact that characters from Husband's very wonderful The Boy I Love made a re-appearance in this book. I for one - as did my fellow readers in the group did find this a page turner, and we've decided to read Husband's next novel Say You Love Me later this year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Hart - Leeds on 25 July 2007
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I read the on-line Guardian review for this novel and was intrigued. I have to say that I wasn't disappointed. It's the story of Bobby Harris, a young Spitfire pilot badly disfigured during WW2 and how he copes (and sometimes doesn't cope to heartbreaking effect) when he returns home to his dysfunctional family. All the characters were wonderfully compelling and multi-dimensional and I was moved to tears at times. Husband has the rare talent of writing a really thought-provoking and sometimes disturbing subject into very readable prose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne Simpson on 11 Mar. 2007
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I had just finished reading Husband's new novel Say You Love Me and wanted to read more of this author's work as I so enjoyed it, so bought Paper Moon and The Boy I Love. Paper Moon is a very absorbing, very moving story and one I really enjoyed. The main character Bobby Harris is fascinating and the England of 1946 Marion Husband evokes is very convincing. I have found all of Husband's novels to be very entertaining and having read one you want to read more - I hope her next novel isn't long coming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyatic on 9 Nov. 2010
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This is one of the best books I've read, and as an English student, I've read a few.

One of the best things about this book was the characterisations. All the characters were very realistic and I empathised with most of them to an extent. The writing was impressive; it's not exactly 'easy reading' because it deals with some pretty difficult issues, but I never found myself wondering what was going on. The plot was very well developed; it was quite intricate and I thought it a little unbelievable that so many of the characters had such close links to each other, but it was certainly interesting and gave me a lot to think about.

The only thing that prevents me from giving this book 5 stars is that it did take a while to get into. I dutifully read it at first because I'd paid money for it, but by chapter 5 I was hooked and the read the rest of the book in two hours - I couldn't put it down. I do think, however, that a large part of this is because I haven't read the prequel so I wasn't sure who the characters were or what the context of the novel was. Now I know a bit more about the prequel, it makes a lot more sense.

Overall, this book is an excellent read as long as you're willing to put the effort in to really submerge yourself in the first few chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on 1 July 2011
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This book was SUCH a pleasant surprise for me. I originally bought it after reading 'The Boy I Love' (another book by Marion) and finding out that I would hear more about the characters in the previous book in this one. What I didn't expect was to fall so in love with the characters here too!

Although I read this after the first book this can easily be read as a stand alone read. But for optimum enjoyment I would recommend that you read 'The Boy I Love' first. If you do that you find that you the reader know more about Bobby's life than he does.

I can honestly say that Marion once again drew me into this world, her characters were three dimensional, none more so than Bobby himself. He was such a wonderful character I challenge anyone not to love him. The realism in these books make the endings impossible to predict too, which is always a bonus. I can't recommend this more highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Burrows on 7 Mar. 2008
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This novel is filled with gritty detail, evoking those grim days around the end of the Second World war. If you didn't live through those times, read this great book and you will be taken back to the days of smoke-filed dance halls, seamed stockings and illicit sexual encounters. Paper Moon is a tightly woven expose of life in the north and the seamier side of Soho. Life and love as England learns that winning a war isn't always enough.
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