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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (8 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007308981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007308989
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 878,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Rudd is senior writer at The Sunday Times. In the name of journalism, he has exposed the Stig, had a tour of a £300,000 lettuce shredder and stood outside Pippa Middleton's book launch for six hours in the freezing cold. In the name of this book, he has spent the last two years on the road with binoculars, a notebook and some Red Bull. He is 38 and lives in Kent with his wife and brace of children.

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‘Matt Rudd’s sparklingly funny creation William Walker – dubbed Mr Bridget Jones – returns…hilarious’ Sunday Herald

‘Charming, slickly plotted and extremely funny.’ Nick Rennison, Sunday Times

‘A cracking read from start to finish. 5*’ News of the World

‘You’ll laugh a lot’ Sun

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Praise from William Walker’s First Year of Marriage:

‘Matt Rudd’s sparklingly energetic, sometimes laugh-aloud, sometimes touching novel…mixes the accident-prone and amiable prattishness of Lucky Jim and Bridget Jones with a liberal dollop of farce.…William turns out to be an innocent searching for the right path.…Getting to know him is to enter into the blundering, puzzled hell of the male up against the eternal feminine enigma.’ Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times

‘Hilarious and hugely enjoyable. A frank, funny insight into what men really think about women and marriage.’ Tracy Quan, author of Diary of a Jetssetting Call Girl

‘Writing genius…the hilarious insights into a man’s mind will make you laugh out loud’ Cosmo

'Meet the male Bridget Jones. William’s just married and has a view on everything from ex-girlfirends and wives to male best friends and work. But his luck takes a hilarious turn for the worse. Be prepared to LOL on the train. 5 stars’ Company Magazine

'Matt Rudd's sparklingly energetic, sometimes laugh-aloud, sometimes touching novel gives us a further heads-up: actually, the Beast longs to be tamed.' The Sunday Times

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becky on 24 May 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is the tale of William Walker new parent and walking disaster!. It is a very funny tale and othat new dads will be nodding along to recognition. It made me luagh out loud

I won't spoil the plot but it involves William knocking out a very short woman at kickboxing, being accused of cat murder, destroying his home because of his didldo shaped bath taps and dealing with an ex girlfriend who eats men for breakfast! Great stuff.

Alongside the laughs are sone really touching observations of fatherhood, (Matt Rudd the author is clearly a devoted and involved daddy.)The competitive nature of mums in regard to their childs developemt and the bitchy litlle comments often made are also cleaverly observed and our hapless hero even tries to challenge them!

This is a story of friendship, home improvement, babies, the first year of marriage , changing jobs and chicken killing neighbours. A wonderful read and one especoially for the dads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By daisyduck1976 on 24 July 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the first book, William Walker's First Year of Marriage: A Horror Story but at times I found it a bit ridiculous. I actually preferred this book as its plot stayed closer to reality for much of the time.

William's Progress charts how William and Isobel's life changes after the birth of their son. I found much of the "new parents" story very amusing. Matt Rudd writes William as a rather hapless but well-intentioned new father, and husband and most of the time I could empathise with him. I found some of his antics to do with work and money a bit more difficult to go along with, because, as a new father, I would have thought his priority would be providing for his family as best he could.

The last third of the book, goes down rather a strange road and the closer you get to the finale, the stranger it gets! Some people have been offended by the fact that, as part of the later storyline some animals are killed. At no point, does Matt Rudd glorify these incidents. It is made quite clear that, although William is more concerned with the accusations being levelled against him, everyone else, including at one point, an entire train carriage, does express their horror and disgust. I do agree however, that there could have been a little less detail in the description.

All in all, I would recommend this book. It's a great light read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
My wife handed me this book after she had read it saying she thought it would appeal. It did. The story of a new father and his take on parenthood. Well, that is how the book starts, and is both accurate (it felt like he was reading my mind at times - I completely get the implications of a whisk in the hands of a baby!) and funny. The book seemed to slowly change direction and became a well written and amusing adventure story. Each chapter more far fetched than the last, but definitely a book that falls into the hard to achieve "un-put-down-able" category for me. If you are new parents, I'd definitely recommend this.

It is Bill Bryson type humour, as in, if you fault it because you read something and think, but that cannot really have happened, then you are missing the point. It is called artistic license. Not everything a comedian says is true, but that doesn't mean it isn't funny.

I've come on Amazon hoping to find other books by this author and delighted to learn from the other comments here that there is an earlier book about his first year of marriage. Already added to my wish list!
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By Steven on 16 April 2013
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I read `William Walkers First Year of Marriage some time ago and, while enjoying it, I wasn't desperate to read this second outing for William. I must say that I enjoyed this book more than the first one. William Walker is great fun to read about--such wonderful intentions but oh my he screws up along the way! The plot is as ridiculous and far-fetched as the first book--this time involving knocking out a little ginger person in kick-boxing, cat murder and destroying the family home. That said, the laughs come so thick and fast that you soon forget how silly the whole thing is and settle in for the ride. The sections dealing with his new son Jacob are touching and really well-observed and served to make William even more likable than he already was. Rudd's writing is great--full of great one-liners that made me laugh out loud regularly.

In short, great fun--recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A.B. on 23 Feb. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I gave the first book in this series 3 stars because although I absolutely loved it in parts, I also felt it bordered on the utterly ridiculous a few too many times for my liking. Also, my main gripe with the first book was that the ending was very obvious to the reader from fairly early on, yet it took the characters a long time to work everything out, which I found frustrating. However, I enjoyed it enough to want to try the sequel and I'm really glad that I did. In my opinion this is much better than the first- William is as neurotic and melodramatic as ever and once again finds himself in absolutely absurd situations that would probably never happen in real life but this time I am pleased to say the book is consistently funny, and you never quite know where the story is going, even right up to the end. I loved this book and recommend it to all. I really hope this series continues!
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