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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (1 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007335172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007335176
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for ‘Where There’s a Will’:

‘A compelling read…Beaumont’s eye for the teeth-gnashing anxieties of everyday life is as sharp as ever.’
News of the World

‘Funny and engaging…Beaumont displays the acute ear for dialogue and the unerring sense of comic timing that has won him many fans’ The Times

‘Thoroughly entertaining’ Marie Claire

'Beaumont's great gift is to make Alvin such a sensitive and believable character and the plot twists at the end of the book are marvellously ironic and compellingly drawn.'
Francis Gilbert, author of 'I’m a Teacher, Get Me Out of Here!'

Praise for ‘Staying Alive’:

‘Beaumont is an unflaggingly funny writer with a great facility for teetering on the edge and coming down on the right side.’ Guardian

‘Truly hilarious.’ B

‘A brilliant read.’ Heat

‘As his brilliant first novel “e” demonstrated, Beaumont’s wit is piercing when it hits the target. Laugh-out-loud moments.’ Daily Mail

‘Proves that if you get the balance right, bad taste doesn’t come into it. You’ll die laughing.’ Lads Mag

About the Author

Matt Beaumont lives in North London with his wife, the author Maria Beaumont, and their two children. For their shared website, go to www.letstalkaboutme.com.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 April 2007
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Having previously read "E", I was happy to see that Matt Beaumont is able to break free from the novelty of the e-mail-formatted novel and write an engaging 'conventional' sorry.

This is a very readable comedy of errors about the central character, Alvin, and his naive ability to get himself into terrible circumstances by always trying to do what he believes is the right thing. It's not laugh-out-loud funny but it has its amusing twists and turns.

The portrayal of the group of under-educated, under-motivated teenagers is very carefully and thoughtfully done, with a bunch of pop culture references that make the book seem very up to date now, but this will probably be the same thing that date the book in five years' time.

What I'm really looking for is the book that's halfway between this book (a bit too light) and Lionel Schriver's "We Need To Talk About Kevin" (a bit too dark). Suggestions on a postcard..?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Neal on 13 Jan 2007
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I really enjoyed this book. Not as 'laugh out loud' funny as 'e', certainly a better read than 'Staying Alive' [Matt Beaumont's other books]. The characters are well developed and the style and timing that Beaumont connects them as the plot develops is excellent. The only reason for not giving 5 stars- the end is a somewhat predictable. Beaumonts first attempt at writing without any reference to his ad agency/copy writing past is without doubt a success.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SM on 17 Jan 2007
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This book reminded me a bit of a Tom Sharpe novel but set in a rough and rowdy comprehensive school rather than a public school. The central character Alvin, suffers the consequences of his (usually) well-intentioned actions. Very quick moving and easy to read.

Had me laughing out loud several times. But I did have a few criticisms. It is sometimes a bit predictable - you can usually see what the consequences of Alvin's actions are going to be. And the end is definitely a little bit too 'happy ever after'. But the final twist in the last few pages is totally unexpected

Despite the criticisms I still give it 5 stars because it is a nice easy, witty and entertaining read.
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Engaging and heart-warming.

This is a departure for Matt Beaumont, as it is quite a mainstream style.

Characters brilliantly observed - those that have an "in order to" agenda, and those motivated by caring and love.
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