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The Itinerant Lodger

The Itinerant Lodger (1965)

A surreal tale of a man with a very fragile sense of identity.

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Ostrich Country

Ostrich Country (1968)

The ‘ostrich country’ of the title lies somewhere between Suffolk and Cloud Cuckoo Land.

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A Piece of the Sky is Missing

A Piece of the Sky is Missing (1969)

The novel moves back and forth in time in an attempt to piece together the jigsaw of Robert Bellamy’s life.

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The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin

The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1975)

This is the book that found national fame when David converted it into a TV series.

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The Return of Reginald Perrin

The Return of Reginald Perrin (1977)

After various tribulations including a time working with pigs, Reggie opens a shop, called Grot.

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The Better World of Reginald Perrin

The Better World of Reginald Perrin (1978)

Reggie’s final venture is the setting up of a community where the middle-aged and the middle classes can learn to live in love and trust.

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Second from Last in the Sack Race

Second from Last in the Sack Race (1983)

The first of the books featuring Henry Ezra Pratt, son of a parrot-strangling Sheffield cutler.

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A Bit Of A Do

A Bit Of A Do (1986)

The tale of two families, one posher than the other, in a Yorkshire town.

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Pratt of the Argus

Pratt of the Argus (1988)

Second instalment of Henry’s tale.

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Fair Do’s

Fair Do’s (1990)

The second instalment of the comedy of Yorkshire life, told through seven more do’s.

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The Cucumber Man

The Cucumber Man (1994)

This follows Henry Pratt’s life from the disintegration of his journalistic career in 1960 to the ripe old age of 59 in 1994.

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The Legacy of Reginald Perrin

The Legacy of Reginald Perrin (1995)

Reggie has been killed by a falling billboard.

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Going Gently

Going Gently (2000)

If David had to choose a favourite, this is it. It’s the tale of a woman of 99 who has had a stroke, but, despite this, it is very much a comedy.

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I Didn't Get Where I am Today - An Autobiography

I Didn't Get Where I am Today - An Autobiography (2003)

"Wry, gentle and funny autobiography" - The Times

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Sex and Other Changes?

Sex and Other Changes? (2004)

This is the story of an 'ordinary' married couple who both decide to change sex, do so, get divorced, and end up falling in love again the other way round

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Pratt a Manger

Pratt a Manger (2006)

The fourth instalment of the Henry Pratt saga.

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Cupid’s Dart

Cupid’s Dart (2006)

This is the story of a love affair between an Oxford philosophy don who is a virgin at 55 and an Essex girl who is a darts groupie and isn’t a virgin at 24. For further details click onto Cupid’s Dart.

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OBSTACLES TO YOUNG LOVE

OBSTACLES TO YOUNG LOVE (2010)

The story of two young lovers and, as the title suggests, of the obstacles that their love faces.

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It Had To Be You

It Had To Be You (2011)

"A beautiful, surprising, sometimes searingly painful account of the eight days between a married woman's sudden death and her funeral. Jonathan Coe, writing in the Daily Telegraph."
Jonathan Coe, writing in the Daily Telegraph

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The Fall and Rise of Gordon Coppinger

The Fall and Rise of Gordon Coppinger (2012)

Sir Gordon Coppinger, knighted for services to business and to charity, owns a tower block in Canary Wharf, a championship football club, an art gallery and a huge charity empire. He believes that he is so popular and so generous that he cannot be touched

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Published on 22nd
November 2012

It Had To Be You

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