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Tony Parsons - Author

About the Author

Tony Parsons left school at sixteen and his first job in journalism was at the New Musical Express. His first journalism after leaving the NME was when he was embedded with the Vice Squad at 27 Savile Row, West End Central. The roots of the DC Max Wolfe series started here. Since then he has become an award-winning journalist and bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into more than forty languages. The Murder Bag, the first novel in the DC Max Wolfe series, went to number one on first publication in the UK. The Slaughter Man was also a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Tony Parsons by Mary Hogarth.

 

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Featured books by Tony Parsons

The Murder Bag

The Murder Bag

Author: Tony Parsons Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2015

This is the gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series by Tony Parsons, bestselling author of Man and Boy. If you like crime-novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this. Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe has recently arrived in the Homicide division of London's West End Central, 27 Savile Row. Soon he is following the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the internet and all the way to the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds the killer's reach getting closer to everything - and everyone - he loves. Soon he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life...

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The Murderbag

The Murderbag

Author: Tony Parsons Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/05/2014

This is the gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series by Tony Parsons, bestselling author of Man and Boy. If you like crime-novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this. Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe has recently arrived in the Homicide division of London's West End Central, 27 Savile Row. Soon he is following the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the internet and all the way to the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds the killer's reach getting closer to everything - and everyone - he loves. Soon he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life...

Other books by Tony Parsons

Departures Seven Stories from Heathrow

Departures Seven Stories from Heathrow

Author: Tony Parsons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2011

Seven short stories from bestselling author Tony Parsons, based on his week as Writer in Residence at Heathrow airport. Here is Heathrow as it has never been seen before - a secret city populated by the 75 million travellers who pass through every year, a place where journeys and dreams end - and begin. From the brilliant twenty-something kids who control the skies up in Air Traffic Control to the softly-spoken man who cares for the dogs, lions and smuggled rattlesnakes at Heathrow's Animal Reception Centre, from the immigration officers who have heard it all before to the firemen who hone their skills by setting the green plane on fire, from the armed police who watch for terrorist attacks to the pilots who have touched the face of god - Heathrow teems with life. In Departures, his first collection of short stories, Tony Parsons takes us deep inside the secret city.

Departures

Departures

Author: Tony Parsons Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2011

Bestselling author Tony Parsons has been appointed Heathrow's writer-in-residence. The result is Departures - seven stories of high drama, offbeat humour and raw emotionHere is Heathrow as it has never been seen before - a secret city populated by the 75 million travellers who pass through every year, a place where journeys and dreams end - and begin. From the brilliant twenty-something kids who control the skies up in Air Traffic Control to the softly-spoken man who cares for the dogs, lions and smuggled rattlesnakes at Heathrow's Animal Reception Centre, from the immigration officers who have heard it all before to the firemen who hone their skills by setting the green plane on fire, from the armed police who watch for terrorist attacks to the pilots who have touched the face of god - Heathrow teems with life. In Departures, his first collection of short stories, Tony Parsons takes us deep inside the secret city.

Men From the Boys

Men From the Boys

Author: Tony Parsons Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2010

The final episode in the trilogy that began with the million-copy bestseller MAN AND BOYTen years on from MAN AND BOY, it is crunch time for Harry...Life is good for Harry Silver. He has a beautiful wife, three wonderful children and a great job as producer of the cult radio show, A Clip Round the Ear. But Harry is about to turn forty and his ex-wife is back in town. Soon it could be time to kiss the good life goodbye...When Harry's fifteen-year-old son Pat moves out to live with his mother, the hard times have only just begun. With his son gone, his job at risk and his wife unsettled by the reappearance of her own ex, their dream seems to be falling apart.Into the chaos of Harry Silver's life stroll two old soldiers who fought alongside Harry's late father in The Battle of Monte Cassino in the spring of 1944. Will these two grumpy old men help Harry reclaim his son, his family and his life? And can they show Harry Silver what it really means to be a man?Funny, moving and unforgettable, MEN FROM THE BOYS is a story of how we live now.

Life in the News

Life in the News

Author: Tony Parsons Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/04/2010

Starting Over

Starting Over

Author: Tony Parsons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2009

This is the story of how we grow old - how we give up the dreams of youth for something better - and how many chances we have to get it right. George Bailey has been given the gift we all dream of - the chance to live his life again. After suffering a heart attack at the age of 42, George is given the heart of a 19-year-old - and suddenly everything changes... He is a friend to his teenage son and daughter - and not a stern Home Secretary, monitoring their every move. He makes love to his wife all night long - instead of from midnight until about five past. And suddenly he wants to change the world, just as soon as he shakes off his hangover. But George Bailey discovers that being young again is not all it is cracked up to be - and what he actually wants more than anything in the universe is to have his old life back.

My Favourite Wife

My Favourite Wife

Author: Tony Parsons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2008

The world-wide, mega selling author of Man and Boy is back with a sizzling, Shanghai tale of sex, romance and second wives Hot shot young lawyer Bill Holden and his wife Becca move with their four year old daughter to the booming, gold-rush city of Shanghai, a place of enormous wealth and crushing poverty, where fortunes are made and foreign marriages come apart in spectacular fashion. Bill's law firm houses the Holden family in Paradise Mansions - a luxury apartment block where newly rich Chinese men install their second wives: fabulous young beauties like JinJin Li, ex-school teacher, crossword addict and the Holdens' neighbour. After Becca witnesses a tragedy that awakens her to the reality of life beyond the glitzy surface of the city, she returns temporarily to London with Holly - and Bill and JinJin are thrown together. Bill wants to be a better man than the millionaire who keeps JinJin Li as a second wife on the side. A better man than anyone who cheats. Becca is his best friend. And, in the end, adrift without his young family, can he give JinJin anything better than she had before? My Favourite Wife is a book about where sex, romance and obsession ends, and where true love begins.

Nothing Being Everything Dialogues from Meetings in Europe 2006/2007

Nothing Being Everything Dialogues from Meetings in Europe 2006/2007

Author: Tony Parsons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

Stories We Could Tell

Stories We Could Tell

Author: Tony Parsons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2006

A book about growing up and being young, about sex and love and rock and roll, about the dreams of youth colliding head-on with the grown-up world. Sometimes you can grow up in just one night... It is 16th August 1977 - the day that Elvis dies - and Terry is back from Berlin, basking in the light of his friendship with legendary rock star Dag Wood. But when Dag arrives in London he sets his sights on a mysterious young photographer called Misty, the girl that Terry loves. Will the love of Terry's life survive this hot summer's night? Ray is the only writer on the inky music weekly The Paper who refuses to cut his hair and stop wearing flares. On the eve of being sacked, Ray finds comfort in the arms of an older woman called Mrs Brown. But John Lennon is in town for just one night and Ray believes that if he can interview the reclusive Beatle, he can save his job. Can John Lennon and the love of an older woman really save a young man's soul? Leon is on the run from a gang called the Dagenham Dogs who have taken exception to one of his bitchy reviews. Hiding out in a disco called The Goldmine, Leon meets Ruby - the dancing queen of his dreams. But will true love or the Dagenham Dogs find Leon before the night is over? Tony Parsons goes back to his roots for this deeply personal book - the story he has been waiting to tell.

Stories We Could Tell

Stories We Could Tell

Author: Tony Parsons Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2005

Tony Parsons writes for the first time about his rock and roll years in a touching novel about friendship and growing upThis is the UK of the summer of 1977 - in the midst of the Silver Jubilee celebrations, a generation are trying to grow up and discovering the limits of freedom. It is 16th August 1977 - the night Elvis died - and for the heroes of STORIES WE COULD TELL, this night is where their adult lives begin.Terry has returned from Berlin glowing in the light of his friendship with ageing rock star Dag Wood, the only man to be booed off stage at Woodstock.But when Dag turns up in London, he sets his sights on a photographer called Misty, the young woman who Terry plans to have children with. Will Terry's relationship survive the night?Ray is the only writer on The Paper who refuses to cut his hair and stop wearing flares. He still believes in peace, love and the Beatles. But JohnLennon is in town for one night, en route to Yoko and Japan, and Ray believes that if he can interview the reclusive Beatle, he can save his job.Can John Lennon really change a young man's life?And Leon has annoyed the group of fans you do not want to annoy - the Dagenham Dogs, a bunch of hooligans who follow a group called the Sewerrats, who have just been given a right royal slagging by young Leon. Hiding out in a disco called the Goldmine, Leon meets the girl of his dreams. Will true love find Leon before the Dagenham Dogs?

Man and Boy

Man and Boy

Author: Tony Parsons Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2005

A fabulously engaging and exciting novel about a man who has to learn about life and love the hard way.Harry Silver has it all. A successful job in TV, a gorgeous wife, a lovely child. And in one moment of madness, he chucks it all away.Man and Boy is the story of how he comes to terms with his life and achieves a degree of self-respect, bringing up his son alone and, gradually, learning what words like love and family really mean.It is very well written, pacy, funny, and heart-breakingly moving.

Family Way

Family Way

Author: Tony Parsons Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2005

It should be the most natural thing in the world. But in Tony Parsons' latest bestseller, three couples discover that Mother Nature can be one hell of a bitch.A hard-working trainee doctor, Megan Jewell finds herself accidentally pregnant. She wants a baby one day - but God, not now! Can Megan really bring a baby into the world when she can hardly look after herself?Megan's happily married sister Jessica wants a baby - immediately. But can the perfect couple really find happiness without the child they so desperately crave?Cat Jewell, the oldest sister, is scarred by the memory of their mother walking out. She wants a baby - maybe. But what's a girl to do when the man in her life has seen and done it all before? Will Cat be forced to choose between him and motherhood?And what of their partners? Kirk, the Australian beach bum who fathers Megan's child... Paulo, the doting husband who sees the best thing in his life collapsing for want of a child... And Rory, the older man who just can't face going through it all again. Tony Parsons shows us once again the dilemmas and decisions that confront men today.Modern-day relationships are tested in this very realistic, contemporary story about procreation and new life.

Man and Wife

Man and Wife

Author: Tony Parsons Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2005

Harry Silver returns to face life in the "e;blended family."e; A wonderful new novel about modern times, which can be read as a sequel to the million selling Man and Boy, or completely on its ownMan and Wife is a novel about love and marriage - about why we fall in love and why we marry; about why we stay and why we go.Harry Silver is a man coming to terms with a divorce and a new marriage. He has to juggle with time and relationships, with his wife and his ex-wife, his son and his stepdaughter, his own work and his wife's fast-growing career.Meanwhile his mother, who stood so steadfastly by his father until he died, is not getting any younger or stronger herself.In fact, everything in Harry's life seems complicated. And when he meets a woman in a million, it gets even more so...Man and Wife stands on its own as a brilliant novel about families in the new century, written with all the humour, passion and superb storytelling that have made Tony Parsons a favourite author in over thirty countries.

One For My Baby

One For My Baby

Author: Tony Parsons Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2005

New novel about men, love and relationships by the author of the Book of the Year, Man and Boy.Alfie Budd found the perfect woman with whom to spend the rest of his life, and then lost her. He doesn't believe you get a second chance at love.Returning to the England he left behind during the brief, idyllic time of his marriage, Alfie finds the rest of his world collapsing around him.He takes comfort in a string of pointless, transient affairs with his students at Churchill's Language School, and he tries to learn Tai Chi from an old Chinese man, George Chang.Will Alfie ever find a family life as strong as the Changs'? Can he give up meaningless sex for a meaningful relationship? And how do you play it when the woman you like has a difficult child who is infatuated with a TV wrestler known as The Slab?Like his runaway bestseller, Man and Boy, Tony Parsons's new novel is full of laughter and tears, biting social comment and overwhelming emotion.