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Nigel Williams
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16 Jan 2014

When Elizabeth Price engages private detective Roland 'Orlando' Gibbons to find out the truth about her husband's suspected affair, she unwittingly sets off a chain of correspondence that reunites four formerly close-knit couples. They all live just a few suburban streets away from each other; they are all still married; so how - and why - did they become so estranged? In a series of letters - from love notes to condolence messages (the latter one arriving some years late) - each protagonist is far more self-revealing than they would ever be in person. The result is an uproarious and poignant portrait of four marriages, and a story about how little we know those we think we know best.

Nigel Williams' new novel of suburban intrigue and late-flowering lust (and love) Unfaithfully Yours heralds the return of one of the country's finest comic writers, in peak condition: all hail Nigel Williams, chronicler of England's sleepy suburbs, where all is not quite as cricket as it seems . . .


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (16 Jan 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 147210675X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472106759
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A wonderfully entertaining novel which cannot fail to delight.' (The Times)

'...a novel of great seriousness that is also blistering fun.' (Daily Express)

'...a suburban black comedy that only the master of the genre, Nigel Williams, could pull off with such outrageous wit. It's been ten years since his last novel, but well worth the wait.' (Daily Mail)

'Witty and humane.' (Tatler)

'[Williams] is a consummate entertainer. As with all good comedy, this tale is underlain by a vein of sadness and regret, of belated self-knowledge and understanding.' (The Herald)

'This is a cruel, clever, hilarious and stylish novel in which almost everyone is simultaneously villain and victim.' (The Times)

A wonderfully entertaining novel which cannot fail to delight (The Times)

'Unfaithfully Yours in a literary tour de force by Nigel Williams; take it on holiday and laugh yourself silly this summer.' (Tribune)

From the master farceur of Middle England [Unfaithfully Yours] is a triumphant comic return (Metro)

Unfaithfully Yours is acerbic, amusing, yet with a rich seam of melancholy . acutely funny (Financial Times)

This book begs to be adapted for the stage. Embarrassing revelations and farcical misunderstandings abound, the scene in which two husbands unwittingly meet via a personal ad is hilarious (Country Life)

Unfaithfully Yours is that rare beast, an epistolary crime novel (The Spectator)

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Nigel Williams, one of the UK's finest comic writers, returns with a poignant comic portrait of four marriages: a caustic satire of suburban intrigue, tainted love and late-flowering lust.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funnt or what 23 Sep 2013
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I laughed out loud at this book and as a usually thriller enthusiast that saying something. It is so well written that I could not put it down. Really amusing!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Taking the epistle. 21 Aug 2013
By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Nigel Williams adopts the epistolary form to tell his raucous tale of four late-middle-age Putney couples, their former exploits and their various current sexual intrigues.

Using letters to communicate in this day and age is something of a stretch, to say the least, and the author is forced to go to agonising lengths to justify his chosen narrative technique. Most of the correspondents' 'voices' sounded the same, the plot-lines were ludicrous and guffaws came there none.
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By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Loved listening to this. A series of letters between 8 people, it starts with a private detective being hired to ascertain if one husband is cheating on his wife.

The letter-writers are all old friends (though this impression soon fades) and their complex relationships are revealed over the course of the book. We never see any action but only read letters talking about it. We see affairs, comings-out, even possibly a murder as the detective uncovers evidence that the wife of one corespondent may not have commutes suicide several years earlier but been killed by one of her friends.

I loved The Wimbledon Poisoner and enjoyed this greatly too. I thought I might find it hard to keep track of each character but actually found it fairly easy and loved the gradual unwinding of the marriages, relationships and plots. And I now really want to see the performance of Hamlet some of the characters act in, with codpieces, rutting and dodgy accents. Reporting it by letter worked well to make it all the funnier.

Will continue to look out for Williams' books. Lots of dark fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complex plot! 28 May 2014
By vivh
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Another Nigel Williams hit in my opinion - good fun.
Made me want to read yet more of his novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Unfaithfully Yours by Nigel Williams 26 May 2014
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Recommended as good read by Yours Magazine. This is the reason I brought it. This being my first purchase with Amazon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 16 April 2014
By sand57
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Contrary to other reviews I did not find this a laugh out loud kind of novel. However it did have me turning page after page. I found it quite sad that so many of the characters had been unhappy for so long. Quite thought provoking. Well written, liked the style though it took me a good half a dozen pages to get into it - persevere its worth it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 5 April 2014
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Very witting and entertaining. Written in a unique style that keeps you hooked. Would recommend to anyone after a light hearted holiday book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unfaithfully Yours 24 Mar 2014
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Classic Williams! Excellent. A fine and fast moving plot with the novel letter approach, allowing the characters to evolve and grow. A great read.
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