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Book review: Thomas and Mary: A Love Story by Tim Parks

By Anthony Cummins   March 2016

cover-1.jpg.rendition.460.707Harvill Secker, £16.99

Tim Parks often writes about Italy, where he lives, but his latest novel returns to his native Manchester for a fragmented account of a 25-year marriage fizzling out.

Thomas is an advertising executive; Mary left work to raise their children. No crisis precipitates their divorce, despite his cheating on her with more than a dozen other women. The novel is less interested in plot than in crisp descriptions of petty resentment: in midlife, Thomas and Mary spend evenings on their separate laptops or on solo dog-walks, one feigning sleep when…

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