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The Nudists
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2013
Guy Bellamy is running with his continuing themes of love, lust, money and the lives of the middle-classes, but this time with a cooler vibe and a more nuanced story. If you like Guy Bellamy, you'll love this one, and if you've never read his book before this is a great start (i'd recommend Secret Lemonade Drinker next).

Written, and set in the mid 80's, it's a vividly evocative story about struggling author Nick Bannerman, on holiday with his rich, successful friend Ben Brock and Ben's alluring wife Pym. Nick channels Bellamy's trademark wit, which runs through the story in thick veins, as he struggles with his ego, his book and his uncontrollable attraction to his friend's shapely spouse.

For men there's much to relate to, with Nick's distinctly wry view of the world, and almost sociopathic understanding of the inner machinations of human interaction. For women, it's a revealing insight into what i would consider a truer representation of the male psyche, delivered with genuine wit and charm.

I think Guy Bellamy's books are worth a try. If this hits the spot, there's a hugely satisfying back catalogue to get your teeth into.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is the first Guy Bellamy novel I have read and I'm sure it will be just the starting point for discovering his work, because Guy's work is witty, edgy and thoroughly readable. We follow the ups and downs of two couples (and two singletons) and see their lives change, with the emphasis on money, lust and the battle of the sexes. There is very little moralising in the book; the story is told and it's pretty much up to the reader to make their mind up whether the characters deserve the treatment they receive and the eventual outcome. There is enough realism to keep the reader intrigued, but enough of a story to entertain. I'm very much looking forward to checking out Bellamy's other work and am glad I grabbed this bargain on Kindle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2014
I was reading this book more as a time waster to start with. But it soon took over all my spare minutes. I found myself reading at midnight or early morning when I should have been asleep! I loved the easy style of this, the twists and turns, ups and downs. Some of them predictable, others not. It lightly echoed my own personal lifestyle and the wrong choices I made many years ago. I'm now off to get some more of Guy Bellamy stories to read when on holiday!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2015
The main problem with this book is that the characters are so unsympathetic - I could not warm to any of them; they are self-serving and uninteresting people. My jaw hit the ground at the accolades that this is a "comic" book - full of subtle wit - when toward the end the greatest, most gut-wrenching, tragedy that can befall any young family slips casually into the narrative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2012
I thought this was the best written book with some wry and humourous lines, as Guy Bellamy sets the scene with one of the best comments I've ever read.
As I've looked forward to this book for some time it was no where near a disapointment. However has very little to do with Nudists, but the tittle definately draws your attention.
One of the best books I've ever read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2014
I didn't find this book at all funny and the first third dragged; nothing happened apart from characters talking/boasting/complaining about money.

Fortunately the last two thirds of the book picked up and it turned out to be quite enjoyable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2011
Set in the Britain of Margareth Thatcher, "The Nudists" make a marvellous soap of changing business fortunes. Told with much insight about people's behaviour in finances, and peppered with hidden desirabilities like a wealthy life in the sun, a retired page three model and a struggling writer experiencing success. A good read when you're on holiday!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2014
On holiday in Turkey with my husband in an all inclusive,adult only hotel.....there was little to pass the time on our sunbeds but reading. My husband read this book first and spent two days chuckling to himself and reading bits out to me!!! I read it next and will certainly be reading more from this brilliant author!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2014
Clever and amusing story of a number of couples and individuals, their flaws, lusts and aspirations. I liked a couple of the characters and all are believable. Set in the 1970s the book evokes the era perfectly. If I have one major criticism, I find the ending a little pat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2014
Loved this book, . The characters, the situations and how it flowed. The nice thing was it reminded me off the eighties, the opportunities and the risks we all took.
I even woke up in the night to read it!
Brilliant.
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