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The Life of Reilly

Paul Burke

19 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

What do you do when you meet Miss Right ten years too late? The witty, warm new novel from the author of FATHER FRANK.

Sean Reilly seems to have his life sorted: lovely family, beautiful house and lucrative career as a voice-over artist. But he craves the sort of romance and affection that he no longer receives from his wife. When she sets up home in Kent without him he wonders why, once married, women want men to change and hate it when they don't? Whereas men never want women to change and hate it when they do.
Lucy Ross, 'caught single' after a career development sends her long-term boyfriend into paroxysms of jealousy, is also looking for romance. She doesn t want Sean to change - she just wants him. Full stop. So could the life of Reilly be sorted after all?

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Praise for The Life of Reilly

  • Like a gift from heaven - OK! on THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE

  • His writing is just the right mixture of tongue-in-cheek meets heartwarming and he makes you laugh . . . it works because it's real . . . I defy the most hard-hearted cynic not to find something just as seductive in his writing - Sunday Express on THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE

  • Burke's characters and their unfolding story have depth and charm - Hello magazine on UNTORN TICKETS

  • Original and comedic . . . very cool, very pithy - The Express on FATHER FRANK

  • A very skilful practitioner of a genre hitherto dominated by Nick Hornby and Tony Parsons . . . this novel should secure his position in that particular literary gang - Time Out on THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE

  • I defy the most hard-hearted cynic not to not find something just as seductive in his writing - Sunday Express

  • Burke moves between the two characters' points of view, bringing both a persuasive male perspective and a sympathetic feminine position . . . Burke's bubbly enthusiasm for London, where the novel is set, is infectious, as is his characters' passion for food, travel and romance - Daily Telegraph

  • 'Burke moves between the two characters' points of view, bringing both a persuasive male perspective and a sympathetic feminine position . . . Burke's bubbly enthusiasm for London, where the novel is set, is infectious, as is his characters' passion for food, travel and romance' - Daily Telegraph

  • 'Burke is very clever, a terrific find, a natural storyteller and definitely a talent to watch - The Bookseller on UNTORN TICKETS

  • A dazzling first novel - funny, thoughtful and original - Stephen Fry on FATHER FRANK

  • 'I defy the most hard-hearted cynic not to not find something just as seductive in his writing' - Sunday Express

  • Refreshing - Adele Parks on FATHER FRANK

  • 'Burke s characters and their unfolding story have depth and charm - Hello magazine on UNTORN TICKETS

  • 'Like a gift from heaven - OK! on THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE

  • A fast and entertaining read . . . It all has a Richard Curtis-esque veneer . . . it works because it s real' - Sunday Express on THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE

  • His writing is just the right mixture of tongue-in-cheek meets heartwarming and he makes you laugh . . . it works because it s real . . . I defy the most hard-hearted cynic not to not find something just as seductive in his writing - Sunday Express on THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE

  • FATHER FRANK is a warm, funny, blisteringly good read that has the angels on its side - Tony Parsons

  • Original and comedic very cool, very pithy - The Express on FATHER FRANK

  • A very skilful practitioner of a genre hitherto dominated by Nick Hornby and Tony Parsons . . . this novel should secure his position in that particular literary gang - Time Out on THE MAN WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE

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Paul Burke

His advertising work has won him almost every award in industry including campaigns for Barclaycard, VW, PG Tips, British Gas and Budweiser. At the same time he pursued a parallel career as a DJ on radio, in clubs and has worked for LBC, GLR and Heart 106.2. He has also written for the Guardian, Tatler and The Sunday Times.