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Guy Bellamy

VACANTA

Editura: Humanitas

Andrew Marner este -- cu un cuvant drag contemporanilor romani -- un mogul de presa. In aceasta calitate, o vacanta la hotelul Carlton din Cannes, in compania unei frumuseti bronzate, e un capriciu la indemana. Numai ca in forfota de pe Croisette isi fac aparitia si alte perechi demne de atentie. Una tocmai s-a salvat din viata in camping castigand la ruleta, cealalta isi iroseste platile compensatorii care oficializeaza trecerea in somaj gustand din placerile rezervate bogatanilor. Cele sase personaje se intalnesc intr-un spatiu al exceselor si capriciilor, iar in cele din urma ajung sa nu schimbe doar idei, ci si parteneri de viata. Guy Bellamy le serveste cititorilor sai, instalati pe toate plajele lumii, cocktailul de care le e pofta: umor sampanizat, buna dispozitie, satira sociala si usurinta de a imagina situatii la limita credibilului. traducere de Ruxandra Ana

  

Turist fiscal

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Guy Bellamy

Turist fiscal

Editura: Humanitas

Anul aparitiei: 2011

Eşti un englez blazat, cu un singur aliat fidel: halba de bere. Îţi plouă în suflet chiar când e soare afară (destul de rar, nu-i vorbă). Şi dintr-odată te trezeşti cu o moştenire care te transformă în milionar fără griji. Ce faci? În primul rând, ai grijă să ţii Fiscul departe de comoară. Cum? Citind cu atenţie legile, căutând portiţele, mutându-te la Monaco şi devenind turist fiscal. E exact ce face Fred Carton, cu sprijinul unui contabil versat şi cu perspectiva de a-şi transforma existenţa nesărată în clocot meridional. Când ai bani pentru care nu trebuie să munceşti (iar filozofia lui Carton aşază la loc de cinste trândăveala perpetuă), e simplu să devii simpatic, chiar generos. Plajele din sudul Franţei sunt preferabile cârciumilor îmbâscite din Anglia, după cum compania unei tinere cu talent artistic merită aleasă în dauna plânsului pe propriul umăr.

  

A Year in Suburbia

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A Year in Suburbia

Editura: ADDISON WESLEY PUB CO INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

The year starts badly for Mark Hutton who finds that his wife has left him for no reason on New Year's Eve. His mood isn't improved when an old friend arrives from Australia and insists on organising a reunion dinner for the boys who were in their class at school.That evening ends in tragedy, but throws up a ray of hope for Mark who discovers that one of the guests has married the girl he fell in love with all those years ago. And when he produces a family photograph the son bears a startling resemblance to Mark.Closeted in his own small and unprofitable bookshop, he wrestles with his problems - romantic, professional and social. And what he discovers is that a lot can happen in a year...

  

The Sinner's Congregation

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The Sinner's Congregation

Editura: ADDISON WESLEY PUB CO INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

Named after a trip to see South Pacific, the Bali Hotel stands not in the South Seas but in a remote corner of Southern England. Reluctantly owned by Martin Lomax, the Bali has a bar that provides refuge to residents and a group of eccentric locals including the sharp-tongued, gin-swilling Mrs Stapleton and her verbal sparring partner Adam. One fateful day, however, the mirth and merriment of the Bali is clouded by the arrival of a spectre from Martin's past. His name is Edwin Catchpole and to say that he is a vicious brute would be flattery. To Martin, the opportunity to even the score is far too tempting to resist... "Zany, with snappy dialogue and nice throw-away lines, the story carries a genuine sense of lonely tragedy beneath the chuckles." Sunday Express "Crackles with aphorisms....a powerful novel." Daily Express "High comedy...high entertainment." New Yorker

  

The Power of Women

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The Power of Women

Editura: ADDISON WESLEY PUB CO INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

Redundant Sam Dawson and the very much unemployed Tim Bonner have dreams of being millionaires. Not yet strictly men of leisure, they feel entitled to enjoy at least some of life's indulgences - like a round of golf and a pint. The cost of living is cheaper in the West Country after all. Janice Dawson also has her daily round - a host of small jobs that earn her enough money to keep her family afloat. But Janice has had enough. Drowning her sorrows in her cooking sherry, she hits on a novel idea - a foolproof get-rich-quick-scheme - for Sam. Meanwhile, Beverley Callard, the not so proud mother of Tim's three-year-old daughter, is also resolving to try her man's luck. Tim's latest crazy idea is going to materialize - or else. Never underestimate the power of women. Before the men know what has hit them, they find themselves whisked from the fairway and treading very unfamiliar turf. And as for the women - well, they've never had them so good. "Splendid entertainment... Comic novelists as riotous and eccentric as Guy Bellamy don't grow on trees." Mail on Sunday "Laugh and relax and escape into a delightful scam told with humour and style." Daily Express ...

  

A Village Called Sin

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A Village Called Sin

Editura: ADDISON WESLEY PUB CO INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

Compton Sinbury is the idyllic village that you just miss when you are careering down the M3. Nestling in a dip below rising cornfields, its village green and gently meandering river make it a favourite destination for photographers who have been assigned to capture the essence of rural England. But the people who choose to live there, anxious to escape the dirt, the noise and the bustle of urban decay, find that life's problems ignore geographical boundaries. While Paul Vanner commutes to a six-figure salary in the city, his wife discovers a new hobby: drinking. Reporter Harry Grant, who covers the village for the county newspaper, gazes out of his cottage window at the little girl nobody knows is his daughter, and small-time property developer Toby Beauchamp discover that bribing the planning officer to get permission to build is a difficult activity to keep secret. The vicar, Owen Gray, has problems too. The fact that he has ceased to believe in God is a professional handicap that he can smoothly surmount, but his lust for his beautiful sister Cathy is harder to ignore. After all, as teenagers they had a very special relationship. Cathy is an uninhibited soul who likes to mow ...

  

The Tax Exile

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The Tax Exile

Editura: ADDISON WESLEY PUB CO INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

From a position of acute poverty - no job and the rent owed - Fred Carton is suddenly plunged into a situation where a year's stay in Monte Carlo will save him a Capital Gains tax bill of 600,000. But he has managed to find the money for only one previous trip abroad, he doesn't speak French and the girl he has his eye on is busily at work in England. So is his friend Dermot Ryan, who has a junk stall and a stormy marriage to attend to. The idea that his poorest friend is considering become a tax exile fills him with horror. 'I always thought that exile was one of the saddest words in the language, ' he says. 'Not half as sad as tax, ' says Fred.'But put the two together and what have you got? A happy man quaffing champagne under a sunshade while topless ladies frolic in the pool beside him. At least, I hope that's what you've got.' What happens surprises them both, as Dermot Ryan's marriage, collapsing under flying kitchenware, spills over on to the Cote d'Azur, and Fred finds that saving 600,000 from the greedy hands of the government can produce feelings of guilt as well as triumph. "A very funny book." Sunday Times"

  

The Nudists

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The Nudists

Editura: ADDISON WESLEY PUB CO INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

It is a lazy summer of beach umbrellas and blistering heat. The sea is warm, the sky is blue and life is good - or is it? The Venables' sun-drenched honeymoon takes a new direction when bridegroom Simon meets a former Page Three girl relaxing in a Mediterranean bar. And surprises of a less pleasant nature are in store for young advertising millionaire Ben Brock when the pharmaceuticals market begins to shrink. Meanwhile, penniless Nick Bannerman, furiously writing a book on woman's inhumanity to man, receives his due and more besides as his past catches up with him and his future begins to expand. When the three parties find themselves together on a vacation to remember, all is revealed, and their crossed destinies become further entwined, for better, for worse, both richer and poorer. In this masterful comic invention, displaying all his pungent wit and subtle venom so characteristic of his earlier novels, Guy Bellamy strips the veneer off life in the last quarter of the twentieth century and, once again, succeeds brilliantly. "Whip-crack wit and street-smart prose... funny, caustic and gloriously readable." Evening Standard "It is rare for a book to be comic, happy and ...

  

The Mystery of Men

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The Mystery of Men

Editura: ADDISON WESLEY PUB CO INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

By the time Julian Wyatt jogs his way to the local public house for his nightly orange juice, Oscar Mansfield is already on his fourth whisky. One sight of the perspiring executive gives the magnanimous Oscar a brilliant idea. A guaranteed earner, with a touch of the lottery thrown in... What if one were to gamble on longevity? What if one could get an insurance policy on a friend's early demise? Soon four men are in the syndicate, insuring their lives and waiting for some tax-free cash. But with a little help from the women in their lives, fate is about to throw a riotous chain of mishaps their way. "Splendid entertainment." Mail on Sunday "Benign malice and a raft of gags." The Times "The funniest writer in Britain." Sunday Mercury, "Our hottest tip for this summer is The Mystery of Men." Daily Mail

  

The Holiday

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The Holiday

Editura: ADDISON WESLEY PUB CO INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

Some people are born to wealth and luxury. Others have it thrust upon them. The rest of us watch and wonder, But for a few glorious weeks in The Holiday, even the bankrupt can dream. The classically ornate - and exceedingly expensive Carlton Hotel on the Croisette at Cannes is beyond the reach of most English visitors seeking the sun, food and solace of the South of France in August. For publishing tycoon Andrew Marner - comfortably installed in a rooftop suite with tanned and leggy journalist Kimberley Neal - it is the only place to stay. Yet others have arrived at the Carlton by more circuitous means. The newly redundant Bruce, desperate to recapture his sparkle after twenty years lost in a boring job. His long-suffering wife Frances, now the baffled nanny to her husband who is behaving like a 40-year-old boy. And rough-hewn London Roger, celebrating a casino win with Esme, an artist by trade. Soon they are enjoying Marner's partronage at La Cote, the hotel's poshest eaterie. And beginning an extraordinary adventure that only reality can bring to an end... What peculiar circumstances lead to Bruce's arrest, a middle-aged insurance manager who has always followed the straight ...

  

The Comedy Hotel

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The Comedy Hotel

Editura: ADDISON WESLEY PUB CO INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

Max Hadfield is surprised to learn that his voluptuous wife is expecting a baby. After all, he has secretly had a vasectomy. This is just the first of a series of blows that start to rain upon him. His chain of dress shops that was intended to lift him to the heights of prosperity that he had always dreamed about is feeling the chill winds of recession, and his teenage son has decided to make a mysterious trip to Spain instead of launching himself on the career that his parents expected. 'Life is a tease, ' Max decides, 'a series of receding targets designed to keep you on the move, like a laboratory experiment with rats.' His two drinking companions, Alec, a headmaster, and Laurie, a swashbuckling businessman, also find that middle age doesn't bring peace. Alec for years has secretly being living in sin; putting the matter right doesn't bring its expected happiness. And Laurie is married to an aggressive lady who thinks nothing of clipping off his moustache while he sleeps, or serving him a dog-food omelette. Worst of all, the three of them discover that the years spent being devoted parents have not produced the fine young offspring that they had set their hearts on. So what ...

  

In the Midday Sun

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In the Midday Sun

Editura: ADDISON WESLEY PUB CO INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

In the bath one morning Daniel Ward works out how to take 1 million from the local banks without the use of violence. He has always been addicted to puzzles. But, with the money in his hold-all, he thinks it best to leave the country before anybody discovers how he did it. BY that evening he is looking for a villa in the hills behind Marbella, on Spain's so-called Costa del Crime. His brother, Matthew, is a successful businessma who has built up a firm worth millions of pounds. Bt after an unfortunate incident with a girlfriend he is reported to the Inland Revenue by his furious wife, who tells them that he has been lying for years. With his bank accounts frozen and warrants out for his arrest - for tax evasion, which they call criminal fraud, and contempt of court - Matthew gets hold of what money he can, stitches it into a pillow and leaves the country in an old car with his girl and a false passport. Soon he is in southern Spain as well. There they run into their third brother, Mark, a penniless pianist now singing for his supper in the tourist bars. A summer in the sun. But for the fugitive on the Costa del Sol, life isn't all champagne and sangria. While thousands of people ...

  

A Year in Suburbia

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A Year in Suburbia

Editura: ULVERSCROFT LARGE PRINT USA

Anul aparitiei: 2008

The year starts badly for Mark Hutton who finds that his wife has left him for no reason on New Year's Eve. His mood isn't improved when an old friend arrives from Australia and insists on organising a reunion dinner for the boys who were in their class at school.

  

I Have a Complaint to Make

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I Have a Complaint to Make

Editura: LIGHTNING SOURCE INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

Fred Carton, at the age of twenty-five, is stranded in a small country town surrounded by bowler hats and umbrellas; he owns neither. He steadfastly refuses to catch an early morning train anywhere, let alone to a City office. If the price of living in this world is working for five days out of seven, he is not sure that the place is worth the price. 'Any fool can go to work, ' he says, 'Surviving without it is a much more subtle manoeuvre.' But Fred's half-hearted attempts to find an alternative fail spectacularly. When he tries to make money, he loses his girlfriend in a poker game... The pressures - and Fred's sense of alienation - increase. Finally he cracks. He buys a gun... "Good for a laugh." Auberon Waugh "Mr Bellamy is best when he is being sexy." Sunday Telegraph "I found it all uproariously funny... Fred's comic denial of life is life-enhancing. Thank you, Mr Bellamy." Tribune

  

The Secret Lemonade Drinker

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The Secret Lemonade Drinker

Editura: LIGHTNING SOURCE INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

It is Christmas time in a small, modern, utterly featureless town somewhere in the Home Counties, where Bobby Booth lives. The main preoccupations of its inhabitants are drink - at the pub generally known as the Planet of the Apes because it is frequented by so many long-haired young men - and gossip, which at Bobby's closest friend Roland's Christmas party turns into violence... Bobby manages a launderette for Roland, who is gross, periodically rich and a man without illusions. Previously Bobby was a school teacher whose class was interrupted one fateful day by slim, blonde journalist, Caroline. Despite Roland's warning - he believes in sex, not marriage - Bobby marries her. One evening an attractive brunette wanders into the launderette. It is her second visit, and in no time she has dragged Bobby into bed. Some time before, Bobby has been pronounced sterile. Caroline wants a baby - a baby by a real man, even if it is a milkman. The temptation to yield irrevocably to the charms of the brunette grows powerfully in Bobby. Whether he will yield forms the climax to the novel. "One of the wittiest books I've read in years....a delicious book by a wonderfully funny, aphoristic ...

  

The Man Who Won

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The Man Who Won

Editura: LIGHTNING SOURCE INC

Anul aparitiei: 2013

Financial disasters hit three friends in the same month and lives of peace and prosperity are replaced by poverty. But as they adjust to their new austere existence one of them wins the lottery and imagines that he can repair the damage. However, life isn't as straight forward as that. "Bellamy has produced a novel that is every bit as exciting as The Secret Lemonade Drinker... one of the funniest books on winning the lottery around." Daily Express

  
 
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