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The Avocado Fool

Philip Norman

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

An ebook original novel from one of Britain's most talented writers and biographers.

It is 1980s London and Mal Pritchard is nearing forty. He works for Amber Records, spending lots of money without question on boy-bands who might be the next Beatles-like sensation and enjoying handsome remuneration for doing very little, except looking good. He is a pleasant opportunist, living a life without difficulty, until gorgeous young Alex comes to work in the Art Department and he makes the mistake of falling for her.

A messy affair is begun, and when Alex gets a job in Manhattan, the besotted Mal quits his job and moves to New York with her, where he meets more cockroaches than people. He finds himself with little to do except to wait for Alex to come home. Mal is introduced to a film producer who is looking for projects, and Alex pitches a concept that the producer loves. Mal works on it full tilt, gives it to the producer, and never hears from the man again.

Alex finds her freelance work more engrossing than Mal, and begins coming home later and later. Mal begins to find her irksome, then unbearable, except her beauty. And then she replaces him with someone else.

Mal returns to London, rues the day he met Alex, and works as a consultant (which seems to mean not much) and teams up with a friend who is starting a film production company. Will everything work out for Mal after all

Philip Norman's new novel is full of character and comic incidents that are close to real life - a farce that is realistically convincing. Mal's point of view is not kind to others or to himself, and the bitter-sweet tone reveals Philip Norman at his mordantly perceptive best.

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Philip Norman

Philip Norman was born in London and brought up on the Isle of Wight. He joined the Sunday Times at twenty-two, soon gaining a reputation as Atticus columnist and for his profiles of figures as diverse as Elizabeth Taylor, Little Richard and Colonel Gaddafi. Author of the UK and US bestseller Shout!, he has also written the definitive lives of Paul McCartney, Buddy Holly, Mick Jagger, Elton John and John Lennon.

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