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A Very Persistent Illusion

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Inventor of the Sorensen-Birtwistle Revised Scale of Girl-Rage, Chris has a beautiful girlfriend (Virginia), two likeable potential parents-in-law (Hugh and Daphne) and a classic sports car with a leather-covered gear stick. Impending matrimony and the car's leaking roof seem to be the only clouds on the horizon.

But his apparently comfortable world is turned upside down wh
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by MacMillan UK (first published March 6th 2009)
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Martha
Apr 28, 2009 Martha rated it it was amazing
Remarkable. Very funny, and clever in a non-ostentatious way, but also much more serious than it initially lets on.
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Funny, sad and very touching. Clever and thoughtful without being pretentious.
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Jun 12, 2016 Dave Williams rated it really liked it
Crikey, I don't know whether it was personal resonances or just bloody good writing, but this had me welling up. And I am not one who is usually emotionally affected by books. This was especially unexpected because I am used to this author's "Ethelred and Elsie" series of detective novels being light-hearted fun. That's not to say this was without humour - there were plenty of witty bits - but the central psychological and existential rollercoaster of our hero Chris was quite powerful.
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May 04, 2014 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than I thought
Know much more about philosophy than I did.
A really bittersweet tale, funny in parts but with real sadness throughout.
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This was an unusual but very interesting novel.
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Aug 10, 2012 Fiona Glass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was wonderful - quirky, original and hilarious. Will be looking out for future works from this author.
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L. C. Tyler grew up in Essex and studied geography at Jesus College Oxford University and systems analysis at City University in London. During a career with the British Council he lived in Malaysia, Sudan, Thailand and Denmark. More recently he has been based in Islington and West Sussex and is Chief Executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He is married and has two childre ...more
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