Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “One for My Baby” as Want to Read:
One for My Baby
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

One for My Baby

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  2,608 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
From the acclaimed author of Man and Boy, this is the story of a man who believes in keeping emotion in check. He also believes you can only truly love one person in your life. So, when his wife dies, he thinks he will never love again.
Paperback
Published August 4th 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2000)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about One for My Baby, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about One for My Baby

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
John Bowen
Jan 01, 2015 John Bowen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mandy
Nov 30, 2009 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Thomas Strömquist
Sep 20, 2015 Thomas Strömquist rated it liked it
Shelves: book-collection
"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
Lyazzat Shannon
May 31, 2015 Lyazzat Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Windi Hastuti
Apr 08, 2010 Windi Hastuti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mari
May 07, 2008 Mari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ria
May 26, 2010 Ria rated it it was amazing
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.
Amanda
Aug 01, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
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.
Kristina
Mar 16, 2015 Kristina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not read, but I won't finish it. I just didn't like it so I quit on page 106.
Sue Brienza
Jan 18, 2011 Sue Brienza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and was so relevant at a certain time in my life. Loved it
Jon
Oct 15, 2007 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite Tony Parsons book - written in a witty and engaging fashion
Indah Threez Lestari
778 - 2014
Vanessa Tekać
Najbolje u vezi ove knjige je to sto se zavrsila. Mukotrpna prica bez nekih posebnih emocija sa iritantnim likovima.

Jedina pozitivna stvar u cijeloj prici je baka, nesebicna i ponosna starica, koja se suocava damski sa svim sto ju snadje i govori istinu o tome ko je kriv pa makar i ne bila na strani svog sina.
O
Dec 29, 2016 O rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok book, but too similar to his other books to be really good.
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
Kate
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
...more
Jay Kay
Aug 03, 2015 Jay Kay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Faith
Jan 11, 2009 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kathi-sass
Dec 24, 2013 Kathi-sass rated it it was ok
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
...more
Andri
May 18, 2009 Andri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gina Boyd
Oct 18, 2007 Gina Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ksusha Tokareva
Jan 18, 2014 Ksusha Tokareva rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Emma
Jan 22, 2012 Emma rated it did not like it
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
Sep 12, 2009 Aimee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2010 Tory rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“‘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
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
Caroline
Jul 24, 2014 Caroline rated it liked it
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • His 'N' Hers
  • Learning To Swim
  • Being Emily
  • Wild Oats
  • The Three Day Rule
  • Martin Harbottle's Appreciation of Time
  • Inconceivable
  • Isobel's Wedding
  • Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet
  • Tragedy at Law (Francis Pettigrew, #1)
  • Girls' Night Out, Boys' Night In
  • The Second Husband
  • Divided Loyalties
  • Skinner's Mission (Bob Skinner, #6)
  • The Best A Man Can Get
  • Понаехавшая
26629
There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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
More about Tony Parsons...

Share This Book



“It's funny. You love something and one day it's suddenly gone or changed or lost forever. But somehow that doesn't stop your loving. Maybe that's how you know it's the real thing.” 10 likes
“Sometimes I think that love is a case of mistaken identity.” 3 likes
More quotes…