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The Family Way

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Megan Jewell is horrified when she finds herself accidentally pregnant. Her happily married sister Jessica is desperate for a baby but her husband is not so sure. Their other sister Cat is scarred by the memory of their mother walking out. She wants a baby - maybe. But the man in her life has done it all before.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published 2005 by Harpercollins (first published January 1st 2004)
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Tea Jovanović
Osim "Čoveka i dečaka" ovo je zapravo jedina Tonijeva knjiga koja mi se dopala... Bila sam mu urednik, prvi put sam ga ja dovela u Srbiju (za samo pet minuta telefonskog razgovora s njegovim agentom) i time spasla obraz Britaniji koja je u poslednji čas dobila da bude zemlja gost beogradskog sajma knjiga i u tako kratkom roku (bio je avgust mesec) nisu mogli da obezbede uglednog britanskog autora koji bi otvorio sajam (svi pisci obično moraju da budu pozvani dosta meseci ranije da ne kažem i po...more
"One For My Baby" was the first book of Tony Parsons' which I had read, and I enjoyed it so much that I approached this one with trepidation - surely I couldn't enjoy it quite as much; what if it was a let down.

Ah, it was no let down. "The Family Way" tells the story of three sisters whose mother abandoned them as children but who now, as adults, have to discover the meaning of family. Don't for one moment think that this is some sacharine, jammy unrealistic tale with everybody baking muffins an...more
Jayne Charles
No self respecting charity shop would be without at least one Tony Parsons novel, which means that even if nothing else on their shelf grabs me, I can be assured of an enjoyable read, even if it comes with a slightly guilty feeling as when one eats a donut while on a diet.

This was his best so far, as far as I’m concerned – hard-wired into the emotional circuitry of its characters, this novel explores issues surrounding pregnancy and parenthood. The main characters are all female which means delv...more
It is unusual to read novels about such emotional issues as families and parenthood that are written by men. Tony Parsons does it amazingly well and with The Family Way he has produced another story of love and fulfilment with great emotion and humour.
Cat , Jessica and Megan three sisters whose mother deserted them when they were eleven, seven and three respectively. The day she left was the day Cat’s childhood ended and she was left with her father and a series of au-pairs and nannies to help h...more
Tony Parsons has a easy reading style. I have enjoyed all his books that I have read, which is most of them. I enjoyed this too. My only fault would be is that it was a little predictable and he sterotyped. For example all the women wanted children in the end. Apparently all women want children, if they say they don't they are either lying to you or themselves. Well know Tony, this isn't true, some women don't! I also hated how Cat never wanted children and than it seemed that she changed her mi...more
I love Parsons' writing style because it fits perfectly into his novels. And l love how his characters are always ordinary people, just like the ones you meet every day, with all their problems, vices, happiness, tears and smiles filled with hope or with malice, depending on the situation.
I liked the book and there were things that made me laugh out loud. Another thing that l like about Parsons is that there is always a man that doesn't fit the stereotype that most books create. This time it was...more
Tony Parsons knows what to do, but not exactly how to do it.

Some reviewers branded this as chick-lit. I don't know exactly how chick-lit reads, but I know that almost all good literature is made by characters. Character-driven stories, where the characters are not heroes and villains but full-fleshed human beings who drive the story with their needs and wants are the best. The Family Way is one such story. It's not the best example, but it's what it's aiming for.

It's the story of three sisters a...more
this is the second book i've read by this popular british author. funny, a good storyteller, easy reading. his novels are about family, divorce, bringing up children... hmm there's something about him that discomforts me. is he conservative? ewan...

by the way, this book has several pages set in the philippines - in "p.borgos" st. (uy bisaya si dudung) in cebu's "here here pussy bar".
Samra Muslim
Read this book coz i was curious about the writer ...and found it pretty average! Women and their family issues have been done to death by authors ... and this book offered nothing unique to that story !!!I am going to still give Parsons one more chance assuming that Family Way isn't his best (or most recognized) work ...
Parsons does chick lit! Didn't find characters all that believable and while he managed to avoid the most obvious mawkish excesses the final paragraphs were a big let down. Why not just write "They all lived happily ever after"?
Rajeshree Vejasegaran
The Family Way is a story about three sisters who are abandoned by their mother in quest of searching an independent life for herself. The Jewell sisters , Cat was 11 , Jessica was 7 and the youngest , Megan was aged 3 then when their mother left them. Their father , Jack Jewell loves them but he spends most of his time working because is an actor but regardless he wasn’t a bad father figure after all .

Cat Jewell , being the eldest is now left suddenly to take incharge of taking care of her sist...more
Ian Mapp
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Bronwyn Rykiert
I enjoyed the story on the whole but there were times when I was frustrated with the characters.

This is the story of 3 sisters, Cat, Jessica and Megan Jewel - their mother left then when Cat was 11, Jess 7 and Megan 3 and they were brought up by their mostly absent father Jack, who is an actor and a number of nannies with Cat having to do more than a child should have to. Because of this Cat has a large chip on her shoulder and decided at an early age that she did not want children, of course no...more
Rosabelle Purnama
I first knew about Tony Parson's work through Man and Boy, and I liked his story telling style and his writing that I always reads his other books when I came across them.

This is another family story by Parson that I really enjoyed. His writing also makes it easy to follow the story.

This story is about the life of three sisters, Cat, Jessica and Megan. Cat, the oldest, is an independent career woman, singla and doesn't have any child planned in her life. Jessica, the second child, is married a...more
Erica Chambers
What a frustrating book. Three sisters; one gets pregnant by accident; one can't get pregnant and one doesn't want to.... All fine so far.
All the characters are well written and Parsons makes some beautiful observations on the different attitudes.
But then suddenly; everything changes. Everybody wants a baby... and Parsons makes it clear to the reader that this is the natural order. It's a little bit insensitive and insulting to those in society that may think differently.
The ending is pretty sen...more
Sep 16, 2010 Glenys rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gwyneth Haylock
Recommended to Glenys by: Trisha Cornwell
My Goodreads friend Trisha lent me this book, as it's the first Tony Parsons novel I've read. Through the story of three sisters, it explores women and men's response to the big questions of whether to have or not to have children and wanting or not wanting to. There's no doubt about the author's views on the matter and this intruded for me, made his observations less than universal. I also realised with some chagrin that my reaction to a male author writing about the inner life of these women h...more
This is another good novel about life and family. Its is good that Tony Parsons well wrote a book based on a women's perspective. It is not usual for a man to write a great novel about emotional family issues and parenthood but Parsons did it well on all his novel I have read (Man and Boy, Man and Wife, Men From the Boys, One For My Baby) And it is amusing that Tony Parsons seems to love the Philippines such as the Filipinos, Manila, Cebu, The great tourists spots and the exemplary Filipino dome...more
I've always found it interesting that Tony Parsons writes"chick lit" quite well... I admit, I'm a little prejudiced that he tackles "women's issues" and to be fair, he does a good job. The story trips along at a good pace, the characters are developed enough to interest you. I enjoyed it, and had moments of "oh no!" and moments when I went "aha, that's good". But gosh, I wish this had been written by Penny Vincenzi or Susan Howarth, it never got deeply into the relationships - and there were so...more
Another one reviewed in 2005 on my blog:

This has been my “car-book” for a long time. I like to have a book ready if I’m standing waiting for something, or if I’m traveling across the fjord. But last night it got finished :D

I like the books of Tony Parsons. This one was no disappointment. It even manage to surprise me in the end :lol: I do like that in a book.

The story revolves around three sisters, at an early age left of they mother because she was no mothering type. We meet them again as adult
Malcolm Gibson
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Thomas Strömquist
"This is without a doubt the best Parsons-book I've read. Very good characters. Three sisters' starting families in very different ways."
Поредният чиклит, но написан от мъж. Трогателно! Джулия Робъртс била купила правата за филмиране. Please, don't! А българската корица, ах българската корица!!!
Darren Wong
Thought provoking, it is great to step into the shoes of others like the way Tony Parson did
Johanna Hammarström
It is a kind of sweet book, but it has it´s dark moments, with everyday problems.
Enjoyable, but in my opinion not his best work.
Three sisters and their partners deal with pregnancies (planned/unplanned) and babies in an undemanding, easy to read novel.

I had little patience with the characters or the plot, for example, what would Megan, who is a clever trainee doctor, see in a two-timing beach bum/drifter? Why would Cat and Rory put up with his teenage son's loutish behaviour? Why would Paulo leave his irresponsible brother in charge of the business that they have spent years creating?

Readable story about three sisters and thier relationship to having children. Negative nothing works out ending.
Jun 03, 2011 Rebecca added it
Shelves: chicklit
interesting if only cause a dude wrote this! and it wasn't that bad! three sisters who are nearly best friends and are all at different stages in their professional and personal lives, dealing with have kids. i liked all the charecters, the guys kind of stayed in the background and the story was simple, which is prob. it's only downside. i don't think i have ever read a well written simi-chick-lit novel writen by a dude! snaps for that!
Male writer with the ability to capture perfectly what people (women and men) feel and switch perspectives. I loved this book. Just normal people, their worries, love stories, hopes...
An easy, undemanding read about three sisters who grew up without a mum being around and with a dad who was there in body but not much use as a father figure.

I quite enjoyed this book but there were too many inconsistencies, particularly why Megan should only be able to afford a grotty bedsit when she is a qualified doctor. Parsons doesn't appear to have done his research very thoroughly on how a gp becomes qualified.
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Tony Parsons (born 6 November 1953) is a British journalist broadcaster and author. He began his career as a music journalist on the NME, writing about punk music. Later, he wrote for The Daily Telegraph, before going on to write his current column for the Daily Mirror. Parsons was for a time a regular guest on the BBC Two arts...more
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