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One for My Baby

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  2,041 ratings  ·  81 reviews
From the bestselling author of Man and Boy and Man and Wife comes the charming story of a widower who doesn't believe you get a second chance at love. Full of biting social commentary and overwhelming emotion, One for My Baby is a warm and witty novel of love, family, sex, and Tai Chi.
Returning to London from Hong Kong after a brief, idyllic marriage ends in tragedy, Alf...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 2nd 2005 by Touchstone (first published January 1st 2000)
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Judy Mann
I'm getting really irritated with this book.Actually I've finished getting irritated with it because I 'm not going to finish it. This guy-Tony Parson's a good writer. So why does he use so much trickery and it's the kind of trickery that is just plain annoying.In the very beginning he tells us his wife - who he loved enormously- has died.
Okay Tony- so how'd she die?
Fair question, no?
No apparently not. He keeps us guessing until I feel like some kind of gossipy fishwife- because all I want to kn...more
John Bowen
One for my baby

This just elbows out 'Man and Boy' for me.

Here Parson's asks, does anyone really get a second shot at finding love?

Shamelessly sentimental, which would be a knock if it didn't work so effectively, Parsons not so much pulls at your heart strings as feeds 'em into a diabolical loom of his own construction and practically makes sweater out of them.

There so much to love here, so many wonderful characters and great wonderfully constructed moments, one that really gets to the heart of w...more
Manda
Precis: The plot - a guy has it all, living in Hong Kong, married to a wonderful woman, his world falls apart when she dies, and he returns to the UK. Flails about a bit in depression, sleeps around, and then life takes a turn for the better.

I realy enjoyed this book, despite it not being my kind of thing, and not really liking the end. I did not like the protagonist overmuch, but that was okay, as I was kept reading because of the characters that I did like - his students, his Mum, his Nan, Geo...more
Christine Blachford
Plot: Alfie Budd lost his wife in a diving accident and struggles to come to terms with life without her. He leaves Hong Kong, finds himself at home with his sick mother and philandering father and a world of women he had never known before.

Characters: The book is about grief, so it’s hard to really judge it for being a wallowing look at life, but that is just what it is. Alfie comes across as completely self-involved, which grief will only excuse so far. He won’t listen to his friends or anyone...more
Windi Hastuti
Tony Parson sangat pandai dalam menuangkan cerita dalam setiap kalimat, bikin penasaran. Membaca buku ini, sama aja belajar menggapai mimpi, bagaimana mempertahankan hidup dan cinta. Menjelajah setiap ruang-ruang yang disajikan Tony Parson membuat kita semakin betah berlama-lama membaca.
Ria
First book i read by this author, it was brilliant.
Full of humour, sadness, real life situations and emotions that touch us all.
A great read.
Mari
Similar to Man and Boy but maybe better. These books are like candy and you can't put them down. To me that's a sign of a good author.
Thomas Strömquist
"Following the death of his wife , the main character Alfie returns home to England after a period of living and working i Hong Kong. Struggling to come to grips with the loss, he finds that nothing is the same at home either. Being convinced that you only get one chance at happiness he throw himself into a succession of meaningsless relationships and omne night stands with the students at the school where he teaches. Parsons at his best brings out characters that actually feels true with flaws,...more
Caroline
I have read other books by Tony Parsons and it's probably fair to say that I liked this the least. I was tired of hearing the lead character moaning about his lot and especially his loss. The death of his wife was written in quite a simple way and must have been quite horrific for his survival but his child like way of dealing with it was irritating! I enjoyed the relationship with Jackie, his Nan and her daughter and of course felt happy for his Mum who seemed to enjoy an improved life after hi...more
Sue Brienza
I loved this book and was so relevant at a certain time in my life. Loved it
Jon
My favourite Tony Parsons book - written in a witty and engaging fashion
Faith
Jan 11, 2009 Faith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2005
Tony Parsons is great, but One form my baby isn't as good as Man and Boy, which was so great/wonderful/lovely. But I definitely likes One for my baby too. It's a different story about the same things. The only thing that really is missing is adorable little Pat!

This time the main character is called Alfie (what a stupid name by the way). He is also looking for true love. The only thing that makes him different from the main character in Man and Boy (help, what was he called?) is that his wife h...more
Andri
Kembali dengan tokoh utama seorang pria menuju dewasa, around 30, Tony Parsons bercerita tentang cinta. Hare.. gene.. ngomongin cinta ? Terserah!

Alfi, dalam kondisi gamang karena istrinya belum lama ini meninggal dunia dalam satu kecelakaan waktu mereka diving, membuat hari-hari ke depan yang dilaluinya terasa hampa. Hidup tetap berjalan tanpamu. Tapi apakah semudah itu ?

Inilah yang dikisahkan dengan manis oleh Tony Parsons. Dengan gaya bercerita yang ringan, melantur, kadang ada kejutan, Tony b...more
Kathi-sass
Finally managed to finish this book. Took me long enough, to be honest ... I usually adore Tony Parsons' books - I loved "man and boy" and and enjoyed "man and wife" and "the family way" as well, but this one not so much. I basically found it boring.
Tony Parons usually manages to mix an enjoyable plot and relatable characters with wise life statements that seemed to make complete sense and added to the quality of his other books. In "one for my baby", though, his what I call "wise words about li...more
Harun Harahap
setelah baca buku ni..gw berpendapat klo dibandingkan dengan karya Tony parson yg Man and Boy dan Man And Wife..ternyata kurang lebih temanya sama..mirip2 gitu..

buku ni berkisah tentang Alfie yang kehilangan istrinya Rose dalam penyelaman di Filipina..sebelumnya mereka bertemu dan menjalin hubungan di Hongkong..dan setelah kematian itu...Alfie kembali ke London..namun jiwanya tak "kembali"..Alfie selalu murung..

Alfie akhirna bekerja sebagai guru bahasa inggris di sebuah kursus yang muridnya adal...more
Ksusha Tokareva
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Lyana
Jul 13, 2014 Lyana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This had a lot of quotable lines and full of gems. Will be generous and give this 4.5/ 5, since it did give a lot of insight what if feels like to be a male/English/expat/immigrants.
But realism gets very depressing. Alfie is not an anti hero or a hero, he's just a regular bloke.
Maybe because the book lacks humor or moments of silliness so I didn't root for him like I did for Oscar Wao, my previous book, or Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole.
Gina Boyd
I wonder how much Tony Parsons bases his characters on himself--his books always seem very personal.

This one is sweet without being saccharine, and still engaging and very fun. The characters are all very much present and well-formed--even the secondary ones. I liked Alfie although I couldn't get worked up enough to love him, but I did really love his Nan. She's the kind of person I'd like to be.

Parsons is very good at looking at family, and he made me think about my own as I was reading. I love...more
Emma
I'd already read both 'Man and Boy' and 'Man and Wife' and found them fairly enjoyable before returning to Parsons first book. I expected more of the same light humour and another male character taking the entire length of the book to figure out what most people can see from the start; mainly that he needs to get a grip and sort his life out. Well, Alfie Budd certainly needs to sort his life out after returning from Hong Kong with a broken heart but he has no idea how to do so. About half way th...more
Monica Akinyi Odhiambo
Tony Parson's One for my Baby was an interesting read.Alfie really went through a lot losing Rose through a diving accident.Seeing how long it took him to just get over her,so heartbreaking.He truly loved her.And even the way he believed that he didn't deserve a second chance at love was so pitiful.Moving from one meaningless relationship to another,surely wasn't getting him anywhere but I loved how this book delved deeper into the emotions of how he felt.You never imagine a man feeling that way...more
Aimee
I keep going back and forth about how I feel about this book. I despise the main character at times, and love him at other times. I think the bad feelings outweigh the good, though. The way he chooses to grieve and recover from his wife's death is just wrong, wrong, wrong, and I can't make myself like him a whole lot after that. I felt a little dirty being inside the head of this man, like I was kind of responsible for his messed up actions. Ugh. He sort of redeems himself through taking care of...more
Tory
“‘Surprise!’ someone shouts, and then the laughter abruptly dies in our throats.

My father is standing naked on the diving board, his disbelieving eyes slowly taking in the presence of everyone he knows. His eyes stop on my mother’s face for a short horrible moment, and then he looks away in shame.

Lena is kneeling in front of him, fully clothes, her golden head bobbing up and down to some inner rhythm. She is making the diving board squeak.”

This book is good. I am not usually a huge fan of books...more
Jane Mcconnell
An easy and enjoyable read. All too familiar family and parenthood dramas; served up with endearing humour and brilliant satirical wit will stir up a mixture of happy and sad memories and moments.
Alvi Harahap
His "Man & Boy" was one of my favorite books. I think he's great because he creates real, honest, and flawed protagonists. They don't have all the answers and more often than not will probably do something that produces hideous results, but their reality makes me root for them all the more.

In this newest book, it's Alfie Budd, a teacher at a language school who is slowly moving through the unbearable grief caused by the tragic death of his wife. Like "Man & Boy" Parsons revisits themes...more
SWC
Alfie was married to his soul mate. However, a scuba diving accident changed all that. The question is whether he will ever be able to replace that idyllic match
Zoe
Oct 18, 2014 Zoe marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Bryan Reyes
Sep 09, 2014 Bryan Reyes rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who lost their loved ones.
This book is slow-paced so you really have no choice but to consume every page of it that is crucial in getting the sense of the story--a man who lost a woman he loved so much. It's not about those generic brokenhearted stories. It's about a man trying to find his mark in this world even if her only reason for living is already gone. It's about the struggle of living without the reason for doing it. It's about us, who all lost someone we love, but continued on living because we know that living...more
Dora Okeyo
Story: Alfie's wife Rose died in Hong Kong and now he's back home unaware of what to do with his life and if he does have any other chance to experience what he had with her.
I liked: Mr Chang- he's the one who gave him insights on life through the Tai Chi lessons he shared with him.
I wish: That Alfie's grandma would have lived because she was very jovial, I liked her view on everything-it was so full of humor.
Award: 4 stars
Reason: Alfie goes through all the stages of grief and even at his down t...more
Suz
super well written, but the content wasn't spectacular.
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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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