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Sail Or Return [Kindle Edition]

John Mole
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Pax Brown should be a happy man. He has a loving wife, two wonderful children, a nice little town house and a steady job in a bank. But while he tries to stem the rising tide of spilt peas and Lego and Thea cooks Sunday lunch in her underwear and green wellies, they both dream of a more fulfilling way of life. Jogging and high fibre is not the answer.Thea's aims are practical. She wants a new house and a job as a social worker. Pax wants to get out of his job before he is smothered by boredom and his doting PA the unlovely Doreen, the only one who knows what a time waster he is. He dreams of adventure and excitement and the little things of life that are passing him by, like a yacht and plenty of money. Their marriage is rocked when Pax falls in love. The object of his desire is the Swan, a beautiful but down-at-heel wooden boat moored in the marina ten minutes walk from his office. Suddenly he is Master of the Swan, Thea has thrown him out of the bedroom and his brother-in-law's dazzling girlfriend has enticed him to sail too close to the wind in search of hidden treasure. Everyone has his daydreams. Some of us, like Pax Brown, try to live up to them. The outcome is hilarious and a new comic hero is born.

This is a book with much original humour, a highly accomplished farce with plenty of sharply observed social detail and a fast-moving narrative pace to match its tight plotting.
The Times Literary Supplement
'a hilarious chronicle,' Manchester Evening News

This is a very funny first novel about the folly of trying to realise one's dreams. A witty, extremely entertaining read.'
Woman's Journal

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 387 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fortune (2 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H9NP5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #330,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in French and German and with an MBA from INSEAD I spent fifteen years criss-crossing Europe and the Middle East for an American bank. In the mid 70's I was posted to Greece. When we were transferred we left an old stone house on the island of Evia, which we go back to every year.
My fortieth birthday present to myself was to quit salaried employment. The main reason was to write full time. I reviewed the modern French novel and then science fiction for the TLS. Published works include three comic novels - "Sail or Return", "The Monogamist," "Thanks, Eddie!" - and the best-selling guide to European cultures "Mind Your Manners," currently in its third edition and available in twenty languages. "Management Mole" was about going back as a temp in the back offices of the kind of organisation I used to manage.
Meanwhile I tried my hand at various entrepreneurial ventures. An attempt to establish a franchised chain of baked potato restaurants in Moscow came to an end when the Russian Mafia became interested. I had more success with INBIO Ltd, which imports Russian biotechnology for environmental protection and with a project to control the spread of water hyacinth on Tanzania's Lake Victoria. These ventures resulted in books such as "It's All Greek To Me!" and "I was a Potato Oligarch."
I now write full time again. When I am not at the keyboard I sing and play the baglama, a miniature bouzouki, in a Greek band in London. I love to travel, especially around the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Journeys have inspired "The Sultan's Organ" and "The Quest for Helen. (Published in 2013)" And of course whatever I am doing I read whenever I can - in print and on Kindle.

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By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Entertaining 80's comic novel about one man's farcical attempts to make a fresh start in life.

Pat Brown has a stable but very boring job as chief auditor in a bank in the City of London, a nice but boring house in suburbia, a loving wife, Thea, and two children.

He dreams of a more exciting life, but might never have tried to act on his dreams had not two things happened: he happens to discover that a sailing boat called the Swan which he walks past and admires is for sale at a price he could just about afford. And Thea's brother, a spiv called Nick, turns up with a gorgeous new girlfriend, a model called Annabel, and a business proposition for Pax.

Pax has always been a dreamer, and one of his dreams has been to learn to sail. But when he starts trying to turn some of his dreams into reality, things start to go hilariously wrong ...

A bit like one of Tom Sharpe's Wilt novels: not in quite the same league but anyone who enjoyed Tom Sharpe has a good chance of enjoying this. To give you an idea of the style, the first few sentences which start the novel read like this ...

"Thea came out of the kitchen, wearing bra and pants, laddered tights and green Wellingtons.

"Pax did not ask her why she was cooking Sunday lunch in her underwear. It was her usual outfit when they were expecting guests. It was the best way she could think of for not getting splashes and spots on the dress she planned to wear. The Browns did not go in for aprons. He suspected she was the only woman in the Square whose knickers you could inspect to know what you were having for lunch."

A few little touches in the novel such as a reference to an SDP poster in the window are very 1980's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous Look at Married Life 3 Aug. 2015
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Another humorous look at married life by John Mole. Thirty-somethings with two young children, leading a chaotic existence, they have their fantasies and one of his is to sail a boat. In several places I laughed out loud, especially the descriptions of the brother-in-law and the life he creates for himself. Highly recommend it if you want something light and easy to brighten your day.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Marriage of a fantasist. 22 Aug. 2013
By Janie S
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not sure if I enjoyed this book or not, but the second half of Chapter 9 is one of the funniest things I have ever read, and worth flogging through the rest of it.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
4.0 out of 5 stars For those who have thought about making a new start ..., 28 July 2007
By Marshall Lord - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Entertaining 80's comic novel about one man's farcical attempts to make a fresh start in life.

Pat Brown has a stable but very boring job as chief auditor in an American bank in the City of London, a nice but boring house in a suburban area of England, a loving wife, Thea, and two children.

He dreams of a more exciting life, but might never have tried to act on his dreams had not two things happened: he happens to discover that a sailing boat called the Swan which he walks past and admires is for sale at a price he could just about afford. And Thea's brother, a dodgy businessman called Nick, turns up with a gorgeous new girlfriend, a model called Annabel, and a business proposition for Pax.

Pax has always been a dreamer, and one of his dreams has been to learn to sail. But when he starts trying to turn some of his dreams into reality, things start to go hilariously wrong ...

A bit like one of Tom Sharpe's Wilt novels: not in quite the same league but anyone who enjoyed Tom Sharpe has a good chance of enjoying this. To give you an idea of the style, the first few sentences which start the novel read like this ...

"Thea came out of the kitchen, wearing bra and pants, laddered tights and green Wellingtons.

"Pax did not ask her why she was cooking Sunday lunch in her underwear. It was her usual outfit when they were expecting guests. It was the best way she could think of for not getting splashes and spots on the dress she planned to wear. The Browns did not go in for aprons. He suspected she was the only woman in the Square whose knickers you could inspect to know what you were having for lunch."

A few little touches in the novel such as a reference to an SDP (Social Democratic party) poster in the window and to Mitterand's government in France are very 1980's. This may add piquancy to the book for anyone who feels nostalgia for that decade, but the references are not so in-your-face as to spoil the book for anyone who doesn't.

Overall - it's probably not a book which you will remember as the funniest or best written novel you've ever read, but it is reasonably entertaining and did get a few audible laughs out of me.
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