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Louis Ives was leading a quiet life at the Pretty Brook County Day School in Princeton, New Jersey, until the spring of 1992, when he encountered the brassiere of his colleague Ms Jeffries. As the upshot of that unsavoury episode, Louis is propelled towards Manhattan, and life as the flatmate of the eccentric Henry Harrison, who ekes out a living in his grotty flat as an elderly gigolo, or (put more politely) "the extra man" at society gatherings. They discover a shared admiration of Mrs Slocombe of Are You Being Served fame, and this bizarre arrangement suits Louis fine until he can no longer ignore the urges of his cross-dressing fantasies.

The Extra Man hardly reads as a novel. Its plot slides in and out unobtrusively through a series of well-observed, hilarious anecdotes, full of ironic Manhattan wit. Enough names are dropped, however, to make you realise that this jollity has a serious side--with references to the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dr Krafft-Ebbing

Jonathan Ames has fashioned an unremittingly good-humoured book, whose constantly beaming face conceals its deeper purpose. Imagine sharing a two-room flat with Quentin Crisp. You're nearly there. --Alan Stewart

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Hardback Editions

August 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The EXTRA MAN
Author(s): Jonathan Ames
ISBN: 0-684-84504-0 / 978-0-684-84504-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Extra Man: A Novel
Author(s): Jonathan Ames
ISBN: 1-4391-9649-4 / 978-1-4391-9649-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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July 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Extra Man (Contemporary Classics (Washington Square Press))
Author(s): Jonathan Ames
ISBN: 0-671-01558-3 / 978-0-671-01558-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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June 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Extra Man, The
Author(s): Jonathan Ames
ISBN: 0-684-85162-8 / 978-0-684-85162-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
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Audio Editions

November 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Extra Man
Author(s): Jonathan Ames
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Extra Man
Author(s): Jonathan Ames
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

December 1998 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Extra Man: A Novel (Contemporary Classics (Washington Square Press))
Author(s): Jonathan Ames
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA