One for My Baby by Tony Parsons

Published November 3, 2004

One for My Baby by Tony Parsons

Book info

  • Title One for My Baby
  • Author Tony Parsons
  • Year 2005
  • Genres Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Alfie Budd found the perfect woman with whom to spend the rest of his life, and then lost her. He doesn’t believe you get a second chance at love. Returning to the England he left behind during the brief, idyllic time of his marriage, Alfie finds the rest of his world collapsing around him. He takes comfort in a string of pointless, transient affairs with his students at Churchill’s Language School, and he tries to learn Tai Chi from an old Chinese man, George Chang. Will Alfie ever find a family life as strong as the Changs’? Can he give up meaningless sex for a meaningful relationship? And how do you play it when the woman you like has a difficult child who is infatuated with a TV wrestler known as The Slab? Like his runaway bestseller, Man and Boy, Tony Parsons’s new novel is full of laughter and tears, biting social comment and overwhelming emotion.


Alfie Budd lost his wife in a diving accident and struggles to come to terms with life without her. He leaves Hong Kong, finds himself at home with his sick mother and philandering father and a world of women he had never known before.

The book is about grief, so it’s hard to really judge it for being a wallowing look at life, but that is just what it is. Alfie comes across as completely self-involved, which grief will only excuse so far. He won’t listen to his friends or anyone who tries to help him, and I lost patience with him several times.

The style of writing is good, a bit different to the other couple of books that Parsons has written and I enjoyed the flow of it more, even if I didn’t like the main character as much.

Overall, I think the jury is out on this one. Aside from a section of the book hitting too close to home for my liking, the story is okay. The style of writing was better but the character was horrible. I’m not sure I would recommend this one.

Rating: 2 / 5

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