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Good Stuff Man
on 28 January 2004
Tony Parsons introduces us to thirty-year old Harry Silver, "Man and Boy". who seemingly has it all: a beautiful wife, an angelic son and a high-paying job. His life is just about perfect, until one night he casually sleeps with a slim redhead co-worker. After the fateful night, his life falls apart. He is forced to learn what life and love are all about. It is a funny, sharp, warm and moving account of the relationships of one man.
Continuing Harry’s adventures, Parsons returns with a humorous and touching sequel, “Man and Wife”, which finds Harry still struggling with life, love and family demands. Gradually he comes to terms with his divorce, new love and parenthood but encounters more troublesome temptations.
This novel tackles the genuine dilemmas of present times, about why we fall in love and marry, why we stay together or break up. It revolves around the conflicts between parent and child, invasions on personal space, life-threatening accidents and the struggle to remain sane. Parson’s male perspective on love, sex and marriage hits the funny bone and the emotional jugular at the same time. His writing is witty, sharp and engaging and says more about human relationships than a set of self-help books.
Parsons is one of the finest male writers brave and successful enough to tackle contemporary emotional issues. A must for the Daddies and Big Brothers of Harry Potter wannabes everywhere. Ditch the wizardly skills and prepare to enrol in the adult school of the philosophical secrets of growing up and experience the magical order of love and marriage and the spells and prisons of parenthood.