A friend passed this along and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. Gives a great look into marriage, family, parenting love and loss but from a father's perspective. A great story and a quick enjoyable read. *Adult language
I loved this book! Not only does Parsons have a British sensibility, but he also has a no-nonsense sensibility that one can only conclude is the result of his years of covering the punk scene as a music journalist. This book allows women a glance into the male mindset, helping us understand it more. I also love how this book doesn't make the protagonist look like some hero for taking care of his child full time - something that most women do and society takes for granted.
This was a sweet story of how a man discovers what it means to be a true father. A little slow paced, at times, but worth the time to read it.
Excellent story to read! Witty, sweet, and touchy!
great read! couldn't put it down.
wonderful story, how one irresponsible act can change your life forever.
Loved this book, went on to read his other books.
Very British humor and style!
From Library Journal
As Harry Silver approaches his 30th birthday, persistent feelings of dissatisfaction nag at him despite his blissful marriage to a beautiful woman, his adorable four-year old son, and his good living as a television producer. So why does Harry feel that a red sports car could assuage those niggling fears that life is passing him by, that missed opportunities outweigh the tranquility and stability of his present life, and that his youth is all but gone? The decision to buy the red sports car is Harry's first major mistake; the really big one is the one-night stand he has with a female associate producer, which costs him his marriage. Ranging from poignant and heartbreaking to witty and uproariously funny, Harry's adventures are a triumph of storytelling. Set in Britain, this is, however, a story with universal appeal and apropos of today's splintered relationships, with children as the innocent victims. It is delightfully narrated by Gerard Doyle, who moves easily from one gender to the other, and from child to adult seamlessly.
This is a heartwarming story of a man who loses love and learns what real love is. It's funny and sometimes sad.
I did not enjoy the book-it was too predictable for me.
Wish the characters were more in depth.
Got to the fourth chapter and quit reading it.
Great book. I read it in two days. Really touches the heart but not a mushy mindless book. Makes you think and feel good
Really enjoyed this book about a 30 year old man who makes a mistake and then rallies to live up to the consequences. Awesome
I really enjoyed this book.
A wonderful story. Absolutely loved it! Tony Parsons is a great writer.
Loved this book. I bought all of Tony Parsons books because of this one book but this one was best. You will love his relationship with his son and will be cheering him on throughout most of the book.
One of my favorite books. Not your everyday novel. This one is really quite touching.
I really enjoyed this book. It was very touching and emotional. Not your run-of-the-mill book.
The movie was made with Hugh Whatshisname/British guy. But the book is much better.
Touching story....would have related a lot more if I were a parent.
On the eve of his 30th birthday, Harry, a man with everything, commits an irresponsible act and throws it all away. He must learn to care for his son, be a son to his aging father, try to find new love, and make the hardest decision of his life. An irrestible novel.
A book set in England, read by British actor, some profanity, happy ending, worth your time
Harry had it all: a beautiful wife, an adorable four-year-old son, and a high-paying media job. But on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, with one irresponsible act, he threw it all away. Suddenly he finds himself an umemployed single father trying to ifgure out how to wash his son's hair the way Mommy did and whether green spaghetti is proper breakfast food. This brilliantly engaging novel will tug at your heart as Harry learns to become a father to his son and a son to his aging father, takes stabs at finding new love, and make the hardest decision of his life.