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Man and Wife

(Harry Silver #2)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  4,069 ratings  ·  183 reviews
A novel about love and marriage --

about why we fall in love and why we marry, why we stay and why we go.

Harry Silver is ready to try again at living "happily ever after." It won't be easy: not when he has to juggle his wife, Cyd, and ex-wife, Gina; his son, Pat, and his stepdaughter, Peggy; his own work and his wife's fast-growing career. When Gina announces that sh

Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by Touchstone (first published 2002)
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Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For the most part pedestrian, relying on stereotypical characters and clichéd narrative – Tony Parson’s mildly diverting novels certainly served a purpose in the late 1990’s / early 2000’s when they first starting coming out – giving permission and opening the door the perhaps previously non-book reading 30/40-something lads/men to read about and indulge in stories of other men and the various life dilemmas faced by the pre-millennial male in modern society, providing characters they could ident ...more
Lara (luellabella✂️)
2.5 chauvinistic stars, rounded up because I’m feeling generous. It took me just over a year to read this book. After loving Harry #1, I found that he got whinier and more dislikable as the chapters dragged on. His ‘the grass is always greener’ attitude towards the women in his life, especially in the last few chapters put me off completely, and I won’t be reading #3. The only reason I pushed through and finished this book was to ensure it didn’t follow me into the new year! Cheers to my 40th (a ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that the world is going to Hell in a handcart (or perhaps Shite on a Segway...?) and all people everywhere (apart from children and old ladies) are complete c**ts. Therefore, I didn't need this half-baked hotchpotch of cliched set pieces ("You're not my dad!" supermarket tantrums, anyone...?) and banal truisms (cancer is baaaad and, like, so unfair...) to confirm this for me. This is not a good book. ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I loved hearing a man's views on marriage, divorce, child rearing, illness and love. ...more
Sep 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wouldn't mind High Fidelity without the music
Recommended to Jennifer by: Kelly
Shelves: read-2009
Though he is supposedly an "internationally best-selling author," I had never heard of Tony Parsons until Kelly loaned me this book. He is compared to both Nick Hornby and Helen Fielding on the inside cover, but I'd say there's a bit more of the Hornby "peek into the male psyche" vibe going on in this novel than any tinge of Bridget Jones.

Harry Silver, the hero (or anti-hero) of the story, is struggling to deal with the complexity of relationships in the modern age. He is a successful televisio
Asmaa kh
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it
The thing that attracted me most to this book was the way Harry talked about his son ..
it hurted me as much as it did for him and I felt sorry for all those sunday dads .
This book made me want to read all of Tony's novels , unfortunatly I couldn't find any in tunisia exept this one ..
Roxanne Nichols
An interesting look into the man's perspective of marriage, divorce, blended families and the eternal search of how love can hold a marriage together. ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I liked the first book and wanted to like this too but I’ve had it up to here with Harry and his divorce and his bitter ex-wife and his ridiculous custody battle. But most of all I’ve had enough of his endless musings on why his generation can’t manage marriage and parenting as well as his parents. Speak for yourself Harry.
Eleena Sanyal
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nice, warm read about a loving father and son.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable read. I felt drawn to Harry Silver, the hero, with his complicated love life, ex wife, current wife, son and step daughter. Its not hard to see why his marriage failed, he has an eye for the girls and can't resist temptation. However, his heart is in the right place, he is a decent sort of bloke and is easy to like as a character.

This novel follows Harry through his many adventures and misadventures, there are some comic moments, emotional highs and lows and some sadness. He has
I enjoyed Man and Boy, and this follows on from it really well.

It's an exploration of the modern family and place marriage has today.

Perhpas I'm plunging rapidly towards middle age, but I found it all very revelant, if not directly to my life (I'm not divorced), then to my friends' lives.

Tony Parsons manages to capture the male psyche quite well, along with all the worries, concerns and foibles that feel ever present.

There are subtle pressures (well I feel them anyway) from all sides about what
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never heard of Parsons before or the prequel & the blurb on back didn't really inspire me either but i had some time to kill at the guest-house I found it at and was pleasantly surprised for the most part. Agree with some reviews that it was overly sentimental at times (not that his feelings were.... just the repetition of the feelings) and the main character an imbecile on occasions but I liked his honesty and humour. Thought he was a very capable writer regarding the complexities of relationsh ...more
Maggie James
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
An easy and enjoyable read, Man and Wife tells the story of Harry and his attitude towards marriage and fatherhood. Harry's not a terribly likeable character, being prone to infidelity and a naïve attitude towards relationships, but he's redeemed by the strong love he has for his son. Man and Wife doesn't exact too much from the reader in terms of brain power, but it's well written and engaging. Best for a quick filler read in between more exacting books. ...more
Dec 04, 2010 rated it liked it
It is a good read, a nice book, full of love. tells us about how we fall in love, why we stay, how to have a happy marriage that lasts forever and how to be happy in blended family. it wasn't as good as the first book which is Man and Boy. But like I said, it is a very light book to be enjoyed. :D ...more
Mar 27, 2011 rated it liked it
A very true account of the marriages of today. Men and women who did not know what they want or are unable to work around the difficulties and challenges of maintaining, if not improving, a marriage gave up and seek solace elsewhere, only to come back to the same pattern of living.
Chun Tian
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
3.5 stars. Easy to read. enjoyable.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man and Wife is the sequel to Parsons fantastic Man and boy and like all sequels it falls slightly short but do not let that put you off this is still a cracking good book.
We pick up 2 years after the events of book one as we continue Harry and Pats story.

Man and wife lacks the impact of book one which is to be expected, it follows similar themes and we tread some old ground but Parsons writes with such passion you can feel his love for these characters flow from the page, the relationship betwe
Aelita Hopper
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a woman, it’s hard to understand how men think and behave though it’s said that men are simple. This book did a great job to illustrate a married man called Harry with his troubles in life and marriage. Once men don’t feel loved in his marriage, they will have an affair soon or later. Having an affair is ashamed for them, but they can’t help because they find peace and love with new girls. To every women out there, if you want a happy marriage, treat your man well and don’t forget to build lo ...more
J. Joan
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. My ex-boss is good pals with Tony Parsons, and I've always heard so much about him - but this book was just... blah. I did not read the first book in the series, and only started with this one after picking it up at a hostel somewhere in Borneo.

For starters, I HATED the main character. He was such an unsympathetic man-child, who just doesn't know what he wants, and completely idolizes his son (who will likely also end up being a blithering man-child). Perhaps that's
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Similar to the previous novel by Tony Parsons. It's difficult to read without feeling that he moans a lot about the fabulous life he enjoys and seeing how he is about to mess it up again by having yet another affair. Tony doesn't seem to be able to appreciate what he's got and what dedication you have to put into a marriage/relationship - until near the end when he seems to realise that he's in danger of repeating the experience of his first marriage. Maybe it's good to read to see how we are al ...more
A.J. Griffiths-Jones
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: k
This is a steady read, exploring the issues surrounding second families, shared parenting & infidelity. Parsons is a very illustrative writer, opening up each character like a flower in bloom & it's easy to see why he has such a strong following. However, I really couldn't warm to Harry, the main character, neither could I fathom his actions at times. I found myself plodding through, waiting for a more exciting plot to develop but sadly it didn't deliver. Will give this author's other books a tr ...more
Wendy Williams
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can't say that I liked Harry Silver in this book. Not content with sabotaging his first marriage he sets out trying to do the same with his second, despite the damage it is doing to all of those around him including his new girlfriend and the children. However, The book is well written and I do like the male perspective of modern relationships - even if it makes me despair! Hence 4 stars for the excellent writing and the lovely mum but no stars for the pathetic Harry. ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Harry is way too immature to have a wife, let alone a child. When he says, "What kind of man would say a thing like that?" after he had said pretty much the same thing to his wife? Didn't like any of the characters. I never saw any connection between Cyd and her daughter, or Gina and Pat, except from Harry's point of view. Nobody seemed to like anyone. ...more
Zuleima Salazar
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a pretty good book and very easy to read. The characters were like able but it seemed a bit rush towards the end, like he had to wrap up the things happening to each character super fast. I also didn’t like how you started to connect and really get to know one of the characters and then they were quickly written off, or if they were mentioned towards the end, it was briefly. The ending was also kind of cheesy, but overall I would recommend it to others for a quick read.
Karen Anne
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not as enjoyable as man and boy but still a book I enjoyed reading despite the character flaw that made me want to stop reading the book altogether! But that's real life I suppose, which Tony parsons manages to write about very successfully. I really like the way he writes about mundane life, humans with flaws and captures all the emotion that goes with it ...more
Simon Evans
A good enough read but nowhere near as good as book 1 in this series. Some parts seems almost a pastiche and overly constructed.

Cliched and downright unbelievable in parts - and seemed a little bit lazily written.

After book 1 I was looking forward to 2 and 3. After book 2 I think I’ll give three a miss. If it wasn’t lockdown I might have abandoned this one.
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I was disappointed as I really liked the first book 'man and boy' but the sequel just seemed to be the main character complaining about all the women in his life and jumping between them trying to decide who to love. I'm glad that he ended up with who he did in the end, but apart from that it wasn't great to read. ...more
Keisha Simpson-Baker
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good, yet depressing story of what happens with children when a family denigrates. Told from a male perspective, the main character goes through his emotions about his failed marriage, and trying to raise a son as being the non-custodial parent. Interesting read. Fresh perspective.
Neil Webb
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
After adoring the first book, I couldn't wait to read this. I was so disappointed, the character doesn't appear to have learned any lessons and makes all the same mistakes again.
All the relatability from the first book was destroyed, and I ended up disliking the character.
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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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