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The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax (English Edition) par [Shevlin, Christopher]
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Présentation de l'éditeur

"You can't help being tickled" - The Guardian

"Not many books make me laugh out loud, but The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax is one of them... A comic gem" - Stylist magazine

"Shevlin was rightly picked up by the literary agency that represents the likes of David Nicholls" - Metro newspaper

Amazon UK bestseller: #1 Political Humour, Top 10 Humorous Fiction, Top 20 Humour

When Jonathon Fairfax accidentally helps a murderer bump off Sarah Morecambe, the secretary of a senior politician, he sets off a chain of events that astonishes him. Jonathon is wrong-footed by even the most everyday things, so he's particularly startled to find himself caught up in a conspiracy that goes right to the heart of government.

Teaming up with a suave private investigator, a glamorous grannie and the probable love of his life, Jonathon must confront his greatest fears - including talking to girls and balaclava-clad killers - and answer some very difficult questions. Who murdered Sarah Morecambe? What is the strange secret that unites the entire British government? And what exactly does it feel like to kiss a real-life woman?

With its naïve, reluctant hero and wry look at life, The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax has been compared to books by Douglas Adams, Carl Hiaasen and PG Wodehouse.

Some comparisons...

"When Christopher Shevlin sat down to write this book, the spirit of Douglas Adams sidled up next to him and said, 'Here, let me help you.' This book is probably - definitely - the funniest thing I have read since The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy." Geek Boy,

"It reminded me of a very English Carl Hiaasen - filled with throwaway detail, joyously funny dialogue and slightly absurd characters." Francesca Brown, Stylist magazine

"In the same vein as 'The 100 year old man that climbed out of a window', it's a non-stop page turner. Great stuff!!!" Andy, Amazon UK

"Shevlin has been compared to Wodehouse, and I'm sure he'll garner more compliments as the book is read. I would give it 11 if I could." posh sith, Amazon UK

"If you like tight writing, a great pace, smart references and laughing, this book will be on your top five list! Like reading an Arrested Development script." Bridget Aureli,

"I sincerely hope there will be another work from this author in the near future, to my way of thinking he is up there with Stella Gibbons and Saki." lizzieay, Amazon UK

"Shevlin's writing style, his wonderful way with eccentric characters, and his knack for combining kindness, silliness, and more than a few touching surprises, all fill a spot left by Douglas Adams." Avery Elizabeth Hurt

Some more reactions...

"I was laughing so much whilst reading it that my son downloaded it at the same time so we could laugh together." CJB, Amazon UK

"New year's celebrations became an unwanted distraction as I couldn't tear myself away from Jonathon and gang. You have been warned." Liz Palmen, Amazon UK

"I can't wait for more. It made me laugh on the tube. It made me happy." T Forsdyke, Amazon UK

Biographie de l'auteur

Christopher Shevlin grew up in Doncaster, in Yorkshire, and consoled himself for it by reading a lot. His favourite authors include Douglas Adams, Henry Howarth Bashford, Geoffrey Willans, Thackeray and PG Wodehouse. After school he worked briefly as a door-to-door vacuum-cleaner salesman in Yorkshire and as a labourer in Tel Aviv. At 23 he moved to London, where he has stayed ever since. He works as a freelance, helping companies to write better - by training, coaching, advising and doing the writing himself. His desk is clogged up with novels that he hasn't finished writing. The first completed book to emerge from the pile is The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax, which he hopes you enjoy. To find out more, visit his website:

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1421 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 316 pages
  • Editeur : Albatross; Édition : 4 (7 mai 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0081R0LM6
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Une bonne surprise. Très amusant. Langage coloré. Beaucoup d'humour. Personnages originaux. Situations comiques. En même temps dénonciation du manque d'honnêteté des politiques. J'attends avec impatience le prochain ouvrage de cet auteur.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 SOOOO Funny! 22 mai 2015
Par T.O.Powell - Publié sur
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Call me crazy, but I loved this story. Yeah, it's kind of weird, but I've always had an off-beat sense of humor and I found it hilarious. I also thought the ending was perfect, and a good ending can make or break a book for me. I felt Jonathon was the perfect comedy hero, perplexed, bewildered and astonished by most of what goes on around him. Yet he always seemed to do the right thing at the right time, whether it was what he'd planned to do or not. I lost track of how many times I just burst out laughing while reading this, but my wife can tell you it was a LOT! Ha!

Be aware that this story is based in London and I'll admit the British expressions sometimes stymied me, but with a touch of my finger my Kindle Paperwhite would tell me what the expressions meant, so don't let that discourage you. If you've ever liked the "Far Side" cartoons or off-beat humor then I bet you'll like this. I do recommend it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Witty Book with Great Dialogue 31 juillet 2013
Par Peter E. McGinn - Publié sur
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I was drawn to this book because sometimes I like to read novels similar to the ones I write myself: books with humor and plenty of intelligent and witty dialogue. When I looked at a sample I liked its style, and the rest of the book didn't disappoint me.

The characters are engaging and likable - even the bad guys are presented in a well-rounded way that keeps them from being two-dimensional nasties. For example, one ruffian is kind to his family and by all appearances a great father. That doesn't mean you like him, but you might as well enjoy being inside his head for entire chapters. And Lance, who is not a bad guy, seems like this suave ladies man, but we also see his vulnerable side, and he and the other male lead both show character growth as the story progresses. This book also features strong and/or witty female characters, something I don't feel I see enough of in novels.

I have a few small critiques, so small that they didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book overall. We follow the various characters closely one at a time in each chapter. So we sort of hear their thoughts and feelings. Both Jonathon and Lance have witty thought processes, which is great, but I found these internal voices were almost the same voice. I would have liked to be able to tell their thought processes apart better. Also, we often hear only one side of phone conversations, like you would in a movie or TV show. But I don't think it works quite so well in a book when we are so close to the characters' internal thoughts as I mentioned above. If we hear and see everything as if we are in their heads, it seems like we should hear the other side of the conversation. But like I said, it didn't detract much from my reading pleasure. Perhaps the only reason I noticed these things is because I am a writer myself.

Finally, the crime and the conspiracy that drive the action in the book is not very ambitious, but then again it has the allure of being unique - not your usual plot with elaborate government cover-ups, numerous explosions and double-crosses so that the characters never know who to trust. To me the characters and their interactions were the best part of the book, so I am fine with the less intense nature of the criminal goings-on. I will say no more about that so as not to give anything away.

So if you like humor and a touch of adventure and romance, I recommend The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax, and I will certainly give any future novels by this author a try.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thoroughly enjoyed the humor / terror that is Jonathan Fairfax's world! 1 août 2015
Par Colin Smith - Publié sur
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I sincerely and unapologetically enjoyed Christopher Shevlin's novel. Perpetual Astonishment, indeed.

'The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathan Fairfax' was both enjoyable and slightly confusing, as well as entertaining and clever. The world is lucky, or perhaps thoroughly unlucky, that Jonathan Fairfax is not called upon to save us from true calamity.

Terrific novel writing for a genre that we ought to create and in which some of us would revel for weeks on end... Is it a myster-omedy or a come-stery? Who cares!

Christopher Shevlin has written a fun, serious, silly story reminiscent of Douglas Adams witty style and character, without shipping us all 'round the universe, rather keeping our whole experience in the confines of the world's sanest, insane city, London.

I'd love to spend more time explaining why this book is great, but I'm no writer! Leave it to the story-teller's, I say!
I anticipate the next story, but have also enjoyed checking out the blog...

Colin (it's a good name, yes?)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Brilliant Romantic-Comedy-Mystery-Ghost-Story. 6 juillet 2013
Par A Kilmer - Publié sur
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When Christopher Shevlin sat down to write this book, the spirit of Douglas Adams sidled up next to him and said, "Here, let me help you." This book is probably - definitely - the funniest thing I have read since The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I seriously found myself rethinking whether or not I believed in reincarnation. I don't mean to say that Shevlin's work isn't original - it is. I mean this as the highest compliment I can think of. Christopher Shevlin's work is brilliant, snort-pop-out-the-nose funny, heart-warming and sweet, and I would need a thesaurus to keep describing it.

The main character, Jonathon Fairfax, brings a whole new meaning to the term "reluctant hero." I loved him. He is the only character that I have ever read that has about as much of a low self esteem as I do. Seriously. This guy, I loved, and I want more of him in more stories. The writing was superb, even if the story might have lagged in some points.

For some of my friends who are sensitive about such things, I will warn you that he does use some vulgar language (he manages to creatively use just about every bad word at least once, but not to the point of "too much" - though it comes close.) There are a few places where it is a little gross too, so just beware of that if you sensitive to such things. For instance, Shevlin gave me words to describe my next headache: one character's head hurt so bad that it made him feel like he wanted to "vomit (excrement) from his eyes." THAT perfectly describes what I feel like when I have a migraine. :-)But, If you love British humor, mystery stories, or just excellent, clever, writing you will love this book.

I absolutely love this book, I love it with great big pink puffy hearts of love. I will be looking forward to Shevlin's next book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't pass this one up! 26 juillet 2015
Par SW - Publié sur
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Terrific word-play! Christopher Shevlin uses piles of mixed metaphors and loops of self-talk throughout each character to slowly unwind who each character is for the reader. For example: "The parking spot hasn't been born that can outsmart me, he thought." and of a waitress, "She scowled but permitted him to order a coffee." He easily provides characters which become endearing. A light but very engaging summer read.
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