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The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers
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A modern A TALE OF TWO CITIES by the bestselling author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN.

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Paul Torday was born in 1946 and read English Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. He spent the next 30 years working in engineering and in industry, after which he scaled back his business responsibilities to fulfil a long-harboured ambition - to write. He burst on to the literary scene in 2006 with his first novel, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, an immediate bestseller that has been sold in 25 countries. He is married with two sons by a previous marriage and has two stepsons and lives close to the River North Tyne.

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'Torday is one of the most original voices in modern fiction' LONDON METRO 'This hugely likeable book subtly highlights the surprising parallells between obvious con men and the rest of us who just want to make a fast buck.' -- Elizabeth Buchan SUNDAY TIMES 'A lively credit crunch satire...This debonair and elegantly written farce borrows from Wodehouse and Sharpe.' -- Emma Hagestadt INDEPENDENT 'A humorous and nuanced read' SUNDAY BUSINESS POST, Ireland 'Dog food, stately homes, gullible rich widows and a hostage crisis all combine a tragicomical contemporary morality tale packed with wit, pathos and sharp class observation.' -- Wendy Holden DAILY MAIL 'Poignant, funny, brilliantly-crafted, an outstanding story for our time.' TELEGRAPH & ARGUS

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