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Tony Parsons

UK flag (b.1953)

Tony Parsons was born in 1955 in Essex. Although he had already written a novel at the age of seventeen, he worked at the Gordon's gin distillery in London until summer 1976, when he started working for the NME (New Musical Express) as a punk journalist. This took him on the road with bands like The Sex Pistols.

He married Julie Burchill, a fellow NME journalist, and they had a son, Bobby, before divorcing.

He has a regular column in The Mirror and participates in the BBC arts programme, Newsnight Review. He has also written for, among other publications, The Face, Marie Claire, The Daily Mail, Arena, The Guardian, Elle, The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The Sunday Times, GQ and Red.

He has now re-married, and lives in London.

Genres: Mystery, General Fiction, Historical

DC Max Wolfe
   1. The Murderbag (2014)
     aka The Murder Man
   1.5. Dead Time (2015)
   2. The Slaughter Man (2015)
   2.5. Fresh Blood (2016)
   3. The Hanging Club (2016)
   4. Die Last (2017)
   4.5. Tell Him He's Dead (2018)
   5. Girl On Fire (2018)
   6. #Taken (2019)
Series contributed to
Non fiction
British Book Award Book of the Year winner (2001) : Man and Boy

Tony Parsons recommends
Father Frank (2001)
Paul Burke
"FATHER FRANK is a warm, funny, blisteringly good read that has the angels on its side."
T-Shirt and Genes (2001)
Richard Asplin
"The funniest debut novel since The Rachel Papers."
I Don't Know How She Does It (2002)
(Kate Reddy, book 1)
Allison Pearson
"A grown-up novel that is hilarious, heartbreaking and brimming with the bitter-sweet tang of all our lives."
Tell Me Lies (2003)
Tony Strong
"I can only read Tony Strong with all the lights on."
One Life (2006)
Rebecca Frayn
"Wise, tender and brutally honest, Rebecca Frayn has written the must-read book of the year."
One Day (2009)
David Nicholls
"A totally brilliant book about the heartbreaking gap between the way we were and the way we are...the best weird love story since THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE. Every reader will fall in love with it. And every writer will wish they had written it."
The Fixer (2010)
Steve Bunce
"Reads like a Raymond Chandler for the twenty-first century. As a thriller writer, Steve Bunce wipes the floor with Stieg Larsson."
Just For One Day (2011)
Louise Wener
"Wise, funny and loving - a brilliant memoir!"
Victim Without a Face (2015)
(Fabian Risk, book 1)
Stefan Ahnhem
"More gripping than Jo Nesbo, blacker than Stieg Larsson and more bleakly human than Henning Mankell."
Time to Win (2017)
(Goodwins, book 1)
Harry Brett
"A 21st century Long Good Friday."
Nobody Gets Hurt (2017)
(Sam Wylde, book 2)
RJ Bailey
"RJ Bailey has created a serial hero to rival Jack Reacher himself."
Take Me In (2018)
Sabine Durrant
"A heart-thumping thriller about a dream family that suddenly finds itself living a nightmare. Sabine Durrant writes about the wrong turns that we can take, and the fragility of even the happiest life, and how all we love can slip from our grasp. Take Me In is smart, brilliant - and scary as hell."
Gallowstree Lane (2019)
(Collins and Griffiths, book 3)
Kate London
"Sensational...A brilliant, high-octane crime novel, ringing with the hard-earned wisdom of a former cop."
Payday (2021)
Celia Walden
"Sensational. Full of twists and turns and ambushes that keep you guessing up until the very last page. PAYDAY is the best book you will read all year about where men and women are right now."
Just Got Real (2022)
Jane Fallon
"Just Got Real is a story of four vividly-drawn women and one horribly believable man, a novel about friendship and treachery that contains what must be the killer twist of the year. Totally brilliant."

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