Book: Tony Parsons - Men From the Boys

First came Man and Boy then Man and Wife.

Now Tony Parsons completes his meditation on manhood in this instalment of his Harry Silvertrilogy.

Harry is happily married, has three wonderful kids and a job as a radio producer.

But things go pear-shaped when his ex-wife, Gina, returns to town. Suddenly Pat, their teenage son, no longer wants to live with Harry and announces he wants to move in with his mother.

He also starts bunking school and smoking. As Harry struggles to connect with his wife he loses his job.

Into this chaos come two old soldiers who fought in World War 2. In their own way these gallant and battlescarred veterans show Harry – and his son – what it means to be a man.

Parsons captures the parent-child dynamic in a way few others do. His writing is funny, tender, serious and straight from the heart.

Men From the Boys by Tony Parsons

Harper Collins, R139,95

Rating: 4/5

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