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Unfaithfully Yours by Nigel Williams

Unfaithfully Yours

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A novel in letters starting with Elizabeth Price to a private detective worried about her eminent barrister husband having an affair, from said barrister to a retired BBC producer, and then on to others. This is the most enormous fun. A bit close to the knuckle in places, a bit risqué in others and certainly very funny. It’s an interesting satire on today’s society and a very fine piece of unusual writing. Highly recommended. It’s been ten years since his last.

Click here to see The Wimbledon Poisoner , They Came from SW19 and East of Wimbledon by the same author, which have all recently been re-published.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Unfaithfully Yours a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - ' Unfaithfully Yours is quite simply a clever, clever, clever book...You will laugh, be shocked but ultimately be very rewarded with a stylish novel.' Phylippa Smithson.

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If you like Nigel Williams you might also like to read books by Tom Sharpe, Marina Lewycka and Paul Torday.

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Unfaithfully Yours by Nigel Williams

When Elizabeth Price engages private detective Roland 'Orlando' Gibbons to find out the truth about her husband's suspected affair, she unwittingly sets off a chain of correspondence that reunites four formerly close-knit couples. They all live just a few suburban streets away from each other; they are all still married; so how - and why - did they become so estranged? In a series of letters - from love notes to condolence messages (the latter one arriving some years late) - each protagonist is far more self-revealing than they would ever be in person. The result is an uproarious and poignant portrait of four marriages, and a story about how little we know those we think we know best.


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Unfaithfully Yours. You can read their reviews below.

Emilie Di Mario - 'Highly entertaining story of a group of so-called friends in the London burbs. Told in epistolary form, it's almost always comical, with some mystery thrown in for good measure...A very funny, witty read!' Click Here to read the full review.

Berwyn Peet - 'Original and very is the interactions between the characters and the brilliant style of writing that make the book intriguing and entertaining.' Click Here to read the full review.

Joomera Begum - 'is amazingly funny and interesting. A must read book once you start you have to read it till the End.' Click Here to read the full review.

Megan Williams - 'A real treat of a book that won’t fail to amuse and brighten your life with moments of hilarity...a hugely entertaining and highly original piece of work.' Click Here to read the full review.

Clair Chaytors - 'Dark comedy at its best… a guaranteed theatre production in the making…' Click Here to read the full review.

Sue Broom - 'Very witty passages and terrific turns of phrase, poignant observations about growing older and whether it is ever too late to change. Not such a light-hearted romp as it first appears.' Click Here to read the full review.

Phylippa Smithson - 'Unfaithfully Yours is quite simply a clever, clever, clever book...You will laugh, be shocked but ultimately be very rewarded with a stylish novel.' Click Here to read the full review.

Sarah Musk - 'Clever, witty book about London suburban types but the plot loses its way somewhat halfway through and in the end you are left feeling slightly unsatisfied and disappointed.' Click Here to read the full review.

C. Humphris - 'An entertaining challenge for the armchair sleuth.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jayne Burton - 'Witty, engrossing and very very readable...Just brilliant.' Click Here to read the full review.

Peter Land - 'Nigel Williams' latest story of suburban life, told entirely through a series of letters between the main characters, chronicling their intertwined relationships.' Click Here to read the full review.

Evelyn Barrett - 'Nigel Williams doing what he does best, exposing the underbelly of suburban life.' Click Here to read the full review.

Carolyn Huckfield - 'This is the funny story of the misadventures of a group of Putney residents. It is told by letters that show their relationships and sexual exploits both in their past and present.' Click Here to read the full review.

Victoria Halliday - 'Very funny novel!' Click Here to read the full review.

Manisha - 'Funny, humorous... overall a good read.' Click Here to read the full review.

Edel Waugh - 'Lots of Laughter and Surprises...There were so many laugh out loud moments that I lost count and from start to finish it is just soooo witty!' Click Here to read the full review.

Julie Bertschin - 'Incredibly witty and intriguing! The reader is kept guessing as to how the Puerto Banus 8 will react to each other's letters and who is behind the mystery of one of their deaths.' Click Here to read the full review.

Liz Robinson - 'Would I recommend it? Yes, whether you love it or not, I think it will provoke a reaction!' Click Here to read the full review.

Kate Thacker - 'All in all a great read and I know I’ll be looking for more of his books.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jan Kirkcaldy - 'A book you can feel part of, it’s cleverly constructed from start to finish and is definitely a must read for 2014.' Click Here to read the full review.

Carol Peace - 'definitely worth a read.' Click Here to read the full review.

Suzanne Marsh - 'Unfaithfully Yours Sits at the top of my list for one of my best books that I have read this year.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jennifer Stoddart - 'What I predicted to be a regretful canter through broken lives dotted with infidelity, angst and tragedy, turned rather surprisingly into a sophisticated who-dunnit.' Click Here to read the full review.

Annette Woolfson - 'At times the story was mildly amusing but I only struggled to the end because I had been asked to write this review for lovereading.' Click Here to read the full review.

Lisa Faulkner - 'a real romp of a story. In parts it is really quite witty but unfortunately this style of writing and plot did not make enjoyable reading!' Click Here to read the full review.

Further praise for Unfaithfully Yours.

'A wonderfully entertaining novel which cannot fail to delight.'
The Times

'...a novel of great seriousness that is also blistering fun.'
Daily Express

'...a suburban black comedy that only the master of the genre, Nigel Williams, could pull off with such outrageous wit. It's been ten years since his last novel, but well worth the wait.'
Daily Mail

'Witty and humane.'

'[Williams] is a consummate entertainer. As with all good comedy, this tale is underlain by a vein of sadness and regret, of belated self-knowledge and understanding.'
The Herald

'This is a cruel, clever, hilarious and stylish novel in which almost everyone is simultaneously villain and victim.'
The Times

'Unfaithfully Yours in a literary tour de force by Nigel Williams; take it on holiday and laugh yourself silly this summer.'

'From the master farceur of Middle England [Unfaithfully Yours] is a triumphant comic return' Metro

'Unfaithfully Yours is acerbic, amusing, yet with a rich seam of melancholy ... acutely funny' Financial Times

'This book begs to be adapted for the stage. Embarrassing revelations and farcical misunderstandings abound, the scene in which two husbands unwittingly meet via a personal ad is hilarious' Country Life

'Unfaithfully Yours is that rare beast, an epistolary crime novel' The Spectator

About the Author

Nigel Williams

Nigel Williams is the author of twelve novels - including the best-selling Wimbledon Trilogy. His stage plays include Class Enemy, still being performed all over the world, and a dramatisation of William Golding's Lord of the Flies recently revived at the Regent's Park Theatre. He also wrote the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Elizabeth I, starring Helen Mirren, while his BBC Radio 4 comedy 'HR' , with Jonathan Pryce and Nicholas le Prevost, is now in its fourth series. He has lived in Putney for thirty years.

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Book Info

Publication date

16th January 2014


Nigel Williams

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Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson


336 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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