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One for My Baby

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,477 Ratings  ·  94 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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 2nd 2005 by Touchstone (first published January 1st 2000)
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John Bowen
Jan 01, 2015 John Bowen rated it it was amazing
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
Judy Mann
Apr 03, 2014 Judy Mann rated it it was ok
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
Lyazzat Shannon
May 31, 2015 Lyazzat Shannon rated it it was amazing
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Nov 30, 2009 Mandy rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2006
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
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
Aug 01, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was enjoyable enough to read, and Parsons writing is as sharp as ever, but I felt the plot really meandered, and I saw a lot of the same themes and scenes as in his other books.
Mar 16, 2015 Kristina rated it did not like it
Not read, but I won't finish it. I just didn't like it so I quit on page 106.
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Christine Blachford
Feb 06, 2014 Christine Blachford rated it it was ok
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
Windi Hastuti
Apr 08, 2010 Windi Hastuti rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
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.
Aug 29, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-library
I really enjoyed this, yes the main character Alfie is not all that likable at times but hey who is? Are we not all a bit like Alfie essentially good but a little confused at times.

This is a touching story of love, connection and what happens when we get a bit stuck for a while along the way. Alfie was just beginning to meet his potential, things were looking up when disaster strikes.I do not want spoil the story so will just say we wander through the next few steps of his life with him as he le
May 26, 2010 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 07, 2008 Mari rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Jan 18, 2011 Sue Brienza rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and was so relevant at a certain time in my life. Loved it
Oct 15, 2007 Jon rated it it was amazing
My favourite Tony Parsons book - written in a witty and engaging fashion
Jay Kay
Aug 03, 2015 Jay Kay rated it it was ok
One day, while waiting in an airport I spent a huge sum of money on a copy of British GQ. It had the usual polished photo-shoots of female achievers in barely nothing and male models weirdly dressed for the Arctic in summer hotspots, gadgetry that "GQ readers liked," interviews with inane politicians and the surprise of it all – the Tony Parsons column. Since then, I have loved his columns and him. It takes some writers 800 pages what Parsons manages in less than 4,000 words or so. His prose bur ...more
Jan 11, 2009 Faith rated it really liked it
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
May 18, 2009 Andri rated it liked it
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
Dec 24, 2013 Kathi-sass rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, read-2013
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
Harun Harahap
setelah baca buku 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
Ksusha Tokareva
Jan 18, 2014 Ksusha Tokareva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 13, 2014 Lyana rated it really liked it
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
Oct 18, 2007 Gina Boyd rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2012 Emma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2013 Monica Akinyi Odhiambo rated it really liked it
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
Sep 12, 2009 Aimee rated it it was ok
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
Nina Draganova
Nov 09, 2014 Nina Draganova rated it really liked it
Очаквах някаква разтърсваща любовна история, но не би :) Вместо това получих малко хаотично разказани случки за объркания живот на един мъж на средна възраст :) Малко повече са описанията,което на мен лично не ми харесва.Но има много истини,смешни и тъжни ситуации.Най-важното е ,че в книгите на Тони Парсънс има оптимизъм и хепи енд.
Mar 16, 2010 Tory rated it liked it
“‘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
Nick Davies
Jan 31, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty damned good - mature and funny and touching, getting to the root of the male psyche without ever getting too sentimental, yet remaining witty whilst doing so. Despite not having all that much in common, on paper, with the central character, I cared enough about him and he was well-written enough that I happily immersed myself in this modern little thing with thought-provoking aspects.
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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
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