From the author of the cult bestseller ‘e’, comes a novel of good intentions, mistaken motives and one piece of stupendous good luck – which looks as if it will ruin everything.
Alvin is a good man. He works with dysfunctional teenagers, and where everyone else sees apprentice career criminals, he sees hope. No-one has ever taught him to accentuate the positive; his mind is simply built that way. He adores his family: Karen and the children are the centre of his world.
So when he finds that one of his few teenage success stories has wound up working in a massage parlour, he knows he has to help. He’ll pop in for a little chat – that’s all it will be. But try telling that to anyone else. Karen’s not convinced, and maybe she has her reasons to be suspicious. Alvin finds that one mistake, arising from the noblest of motives, will propel events out of control.
Now cast adrift, Alvin’s only allies are the teenagers everyone’s given up on. They’re great at supplying dodgy DVDs and ringtones – but can they help him get his life back?
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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
Praise for ‘The Book, The Film, The T-shirt’:
‘Beaumont is the sort of writer you wish would knock books out quicker.' Closer
‘Beaumont…is a technical whiz at his craft…He succeeds. Humour, feelgood factor, mild suspense…it is one airport novel that is definitely designed to take off.’ Guardian
‘Delicious knockabout comedy…this is funnier [than e].’ Bookseller
‘This is Jeffrey Archer with irony…you’ll be highly amused.’ Daily Mail
‘Toe-curlingly good…makes you laugh out loud.’ Campaign
‘It’s very funny from first to last. Infectiously enjoyable and energetic.’ Time Out
Praise for ‘e’;
‘A brilliantly plotted comic novel…it gave me more sense that literature is alive and kicking than anything else I’ve read in these 12 months.’ Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times Review of the Year
‘Lively, viciously funny and about as switched on as a novel can be.’ Mirror
‘Hilarious.’ CosmopolitanAbout 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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Book Description Harper Collins Publ. UK, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007168241