It is a lazy summer of beach umbrellas and blistering heat. The sea is warm, the sky is blue and life is good – or is it?
The Venables’ sun-drenched honeymoon takes a new direction when bridegroom Simon meets a former Page Three girl relaxing in a Mediterranean bar. And surprises of a less pleasant nature are in store for young advertising millionaire Ben Brock when the pharmaceuticals market begins to shrink.
Meanwhile, penniless Nick Bannerman, furiously writing a book on woman’s inhumanity to man, receives his due and more besides as his past catches up with him and his future begins to expand.
When the three parties find themselves together on a vacation to remember, all is revealed, and their crossed destinies become further entwined, for better, for worse, both richer and poorer.
In this masterful comic invention, displaying all his pungent wit and subtle venom so characteristic of his earlier novels, Guy Bellamy strips the veneer off life in the last quarter of the twentieth century and, once again, succeeds brilliantly.
"Whip-crack wit and street-smart prose... funny, caustic and gloriously readable."
"It is rare for a book to be comic, happy and readable all at once but Guy Bellamy’s The Nudists is just that. "
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Guy Bellamy was born in Bristol but has lived mostly in Surrey. After National Service in Germany with the RAF, he went into journalism and has worked on newspapers in Cornwall, Bournemouth, Brighton and Fleet Street including the Daily Express and Sun. He is married with a daughter and now lives in Hampshire. "Comic novelists as riotous and eccentric as Guy Bellamy don't grow on trees.” Mail on Sunday "The best-selling novelist whose books are compulsory holiday reading." Independent "Funny, caustic and gloriously readable." Evening Standard "The funniest writer in Britain." Birmingham Sunday MercuryFrom Publishers Weekly:
If, as its publisher claims, this was chosen by a London newspaper as one of the best British novels of 1986, then British fiction is not in very good shape. It's not a terrible book; simply a tired and rather crude comedy of a group of upwardly mobile Londoners that never lives up to its zingy first line: "Venables saw the woman he wanted to marry on the day after his wedding." The woman turns out to be a former nude model, in turn married to a rich ad man whose agency collapses; Venables's own wife runs a sandwich bar; then there's a surly young writer doing a book called Battered Husbands, which as quoted seems to consist of sophomorically misogynist observations cemented together with stray newspaper clippings. Several of these people meet on holiday in Spain and become, rather improbably, best friends; the rest of the book is taken up with their various economic ups and downs. There's a lot of financial expertise, much of it devoted to tax-dodging, some dirty talk but little actual sex and a decidedly sappy happily-ever-after windup. The message that comes across most clearly is that Britons don't much care for their homeland.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140097724
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140097724