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The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O'farrell

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March 2012 Book of the Month.

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 8 March 2012.

John O’Farrell’s novels are consistently funny, poking a stick at middle clash angst and embarrassing social situations. These are delivered in spades in this poignant and, at times, hilarious story of a man who simply forgets 30 years of his personal life. If you have never read any of John’s fiction books then don’t miss his provocative and highly entertaining May Contain Nuts.

If you like John O'farrell you might also like to read books by Marina Lewycka, Lissa Evans and James Delingpole.


The Man Who Forgot His Wife by John O'farrell

Wandering around a busy railway station, a confused man realises he has suffered a total memory loss. When he is eventually rescued, he is told that his breakdown has probably been triggered by his marital problems. But then he comes face to face with the stranger he is supposed to be divorcing - and promptly falls head over heels in love with her. So it is that forty-something Vaughan becomes desperate to win the heart of this beautiful and vivacious woman. His only obstacle; she's already been married to him for 15 years and now can't stand the sight of him. It was bad enough all those years when he forgot what she'd told him that morning, forgot to pick up the dry cleaning or forgot their wedding anniversary...But to forget their entire married life together - well, apparently women hate that. Vaughan meets his own children as if for the first time, learns how to love his job again and gradually recovers various memories; providing nostalgic flashbacks to all the milestones in their relationship and unpicking the mystery of why this marriage went wrong. Does his amnesia provide the chance for him to be a better husband and make this finally marriage work? Or is there perhaps one last memory he has yet to recover that will blow everything wide open?

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About the Author

John O'farrell

John O'Farrell is the author of four novels: The Man Who Forgot His Wife, May Contain Nuts, This Is Your Life and The Best a Man Can Get. His novels have been translated into over twenty languages and have been adapted for radio and television. He has also written two best-selling history books: An Utterly Impartial History of Britain and An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain, as well as a political memoir, Things Can Only Get Better and three collections of his column in The Guardian. A former comedy scriptwriter for such productions as Spitting Image, Room 101, Murder Most Horrid and Chicken Run, he is founder of the satirical website NewsBiscuit and can occasionally be spotted on such TV programmes as Grumpy Old Men, Question Time and Have I Got News for You.

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15th March 2012


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