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Paul Torday was born in 1946 and read English Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. He spent the next 30 years working in engineering and in industry, after which he scaled back his business responsibilities to fulfil a long-harboured ambition - to write. He burst on to the literary scene in 2006 with his first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, an immediate bestseller that has been sold in 25 countries. Paul Torday died in 2013.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Paul Torday

Two Eerie Tales of Suspense Breakfast at the Hotel Deja Vu and Theo by Paul Torday
Two Eerie Tales of Suspense Breakfast at the Hotel Deja Vu and Theo
Paul Torday
Caught up in the expenses scandal our protagonist needs to get away so chose a quiet hotel on the Mediterranean to write his memoirs. Once he stayed there … or did he? This is a strange little first-person novella where...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
Light Shining in the Forest by Paul Torday
Reader Reviewed Light Shining in the Forest
Paul Torday
One of our Books of the Year 2013. From the author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a dark tale about a failing politician. Norman Stokoe has built his political career on getting himself noticed but not actually doing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2013
Light Shining in the Forest by Paul Torday
Light Shining in the Forest
Paul Torday
February 2013 Book of the Month. From the author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a dark tale about a failing politician. Norman Stokoe has built his political career on getting...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/01/2013
The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall by Paul Torday
The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall
Paul Torday
July 2012 Book of the Month. From the author of instant bestseller Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, comes a highly readable, witty tale of unwanted inheritance, uptight Britishness and the preservation...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/07/2012
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: Film tie-in edition by Paul Torday
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: Film tie-in edition
Paul Torday
An unusual and delightful debut that all lovers of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian will adore. Normally I find novels written in emails, memos, diary entries and the like, such as this is, irritating but this succeeds...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/04/2012
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: Orion 20th anniversary edition by Paul Torday
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: Orion 20th anniversary edition
Paul Torday
A Special Edition of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday to celebrate Orion's 20th anniversary. Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2007.An unusual and delightful debut that all lovers of A...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/02/2012
The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall by Paul Torday
The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall
Paul Torday
From the author of instant bestseller Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, comes a highly readable, witty tale of unwanted inheritance, uptight Britishness and the preservation of a lost way of life.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/01/2012
More Than You Can Say by Paul Torday
More Than You Can Say
Paul Torday
November 2011 Book of the Month. Very different from his previous novels but this tightly written story with a PTSD suffering ex-soldier as the narrator is a gripping and rewarding read. Don’t...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2011
The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers by Paul Torday
The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers
Paul Torday
A sad comedy of the boom and sudden fall of the hedge funds, of the American market affecting us, of financial risk and con all wrapped round the tale of a likeable character who eventually finds redemption in a clever...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/10/2010
The Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday
The Girl on the Landing
Paul Torday
September 2009 Book of the Month. A ghost story … well, maybe a psychological thriller … but then again … it’s a tale of love rediscovered and it’s very clever. In fact...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2009
The Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday
The Girl on the Landing
Paul Torday
The author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has produced another beautiful novel, he certainly seems to be on a roll. In this story a man struggles with his identity, is he going mad or only now truly discovering...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/02/2009
The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce by Paul Torday
The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce
Paul Torday
September 2008 Book of the Month. The slow decline of a wine collector told backwards. We meet Wilberforce as he ascends into alcoholism and then back-track to the uninteresting computer self-employed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2008
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Paul Torday
Shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008.Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 25th July 2007.Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2007.An unusual...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 14/06/2007
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Paul Torday
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2007. An unusual and delightful debut that all lovers of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian will adore. Normally I find novels written in emails, memos, diary entries and the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/02/2007

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