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The Best a Man Can Get by John O'farrell
  

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The Best a Man Can Get is written with the hilarious eye for detail that sent John O'Farrell's first book, Things Can Only Get Better, to the top of the bestseller lists. It is a darkly comic confessional that is at once compelling, revealing and very, very funny.

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The Best a Man Can Get by John O'farrell

Michael Adams shares a flat with three other men in their late twenties. Days are spent lying in bed, playing computer games and occasionally doing a bit of work. And then, when he feels like it, he crosses the river and goes back to his unsuspecting wife and children. For Michael is living a double life - he escapes from the exhausting misery of babies by telling his wife he has to work through the night or travel up north. And while she is valiantly coping on her own, he is just a few miles away in a secret flat, doing all the things that most men with small children can only dream about. He thinks he can have it all, until is deception is inevitably exposed...


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Reviews

'Excellent...Things Can Only Get Better will make you laugh out loud'
Angus Deayton

'Very funny'
Mail on Sunday

'Punchline fuelled, relentless humour... I don't think a woman is going to get much closer to the workings of a man's mind than this. Giggling several times a page with plenty of out-loud laughs is guaranteed. Is John O'Farrell funny? Very'
The Mirror

'So funny because it rings true...Packed with painfully well-observed jokes'
The Times

'This is SO good. It is howlingly funny. Madly well-written, astutely and ruthlessly observed and so insightful about men, women, love and parenthood that you read every page with a wince of recognition. Fab, fab, fab'
India Knight

'A hilarious confessional narrative. This wickedly observed page-turner lets bachelor nostalgia joyride to its absurd conclusion...Piquant and irreverently sardonic'
Literary Review

Michael Adams thought he had the best of two worlds. He had a wife and family he loved and an escape into another life when things got tough. In his other life he shares a place with three other guys and lives a carefree life as a 'thirty-something teenager'. But can Michael really keep up the lies and pretence to prevent his two worlds from meeting? O'Farrell narrates this story with such wit and accuracy that you can't help but relate to the characters. (Kirkus UK)

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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Publication date

4th June 2001

Author

John O'farrell

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552998444

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