Tony Parsons Books in Order

The Tony Parsons books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Tony Parsons books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Harry Silver Books

Man and Boy

Parsons, Tony 1999

"Set your other books aside for a day or two and read straight through Man and Boy." ―USA TodaySome situations to avoid when preparing for your all-important, finally-I-am-fully-grown thirtieth birthday:•Having a one-night stand with a colleague from work.

•The rash purchase of luxury items you can't afford.•Being left by your wife.•Losing your job.•Suddenly becoming a single parent.If you are coming up on thirty, whatever you do, don't do any of that. It will f*** up your whole day.

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Man and Wife

Parsons, Tony 2002

MAN AND WIFE is a novel about love, marriage and very modern families. It is a book for anyone who ever felt torn between work and home, their parents and their children, their present and their past. Harry Silver is a man learning to juggle his many commitments – to his wife, his ageing mother, his stepdaughter, his ex-wife and his beloved son.

Things have never been more complicated – and when the most beautiful girl in the world walks into his life, they do not get any easier. Meanwhile Harry’s mother, the woman who has been the calm and supportive centre of his troubled life, and who stood so steadfastly by his father until he died, is not getting any younger or stronger.

But there are still valuable lessons that this mother can teach her grown-up son about family, commitment and, above all, the true meaning of love. The much-loved sequel to the runaway bestseller MAN AND BOY, MAN AND WIFE stands on its own as a moving novel about our families in the new century, written with all the humour, emotion and superb story-telling that have made Tony Parsons a favourite author in over forty countries.

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Men from the Boys

Parsons, Tony 2010

Ten years on from MAN AND BOY, it is crunch time for Harry Silver. Life is good for Harry – he has a beautiful wife, three wonderful children he adores and a great job as producer of a cult radio show on the BBC. But Harry is pushing forty and his ex-wife Gina is back in town, anxious to claim their son.

Soon it could be time to kiss the good life goodbye. When Harry’s 15-year-old son Pat moves out to live with his mother, the hard times have only just begun. With his son gone, his job at risk and his wife’s happiness unsettled by the reappearance of her own ex, their dreams seem to be falling apart.

Into the chaos of Harry Silver’s life stroll two old soldiers who fought with Harry’s late father in World war two. Can these two old men really help Harry reclaim his son, his family and his life? Does the greatest generation have one final lesson to teach Harry Silver? And will he finally learn what it really means to be a man? Funny, moving and unforgettable, MEN FROM THE BOYS is the final part of the trilogy that began with MAN AND BOY and continued with MAN AND WIFE — a story of men and women, the bonds of family and friendship and the love that is passed down from one generation to the next.

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Publication Order of Max Wolfe Books

The Murder Bag

Parsons, Tony 2014

The gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series by Tony Parsons, bestselling author of Man and Boy. If you like crime novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this.      Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field.

Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe has recently arrived in the Homicide division of London's West End Central, 27 Savile Row. Soon he is following the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the internet and all the way to the corridors of power.

As the bodies pile up, Max finds the killer's reach getting closer to everything -- and everyone -- he loves. Soon he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life.

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The Slaughter Man

Parsons, Tony 2015

On the pitiless London city streets, DC Max Wolfe hunts a serial killer who kills only the happiest of families. If you like crime novels by Ian Rankin and Peter James, you will love this crime thriller.      Who would you like to see dead? Max Wolfe is back -- the two-fisted homicide detective with a small daughter and dog waiting for him at home, and a crazed serial killer waiting for him out in the pitiless London city streets.

     On New Year's Day a wealthy family is found slaughtered inside their exclusive gated community, their youngest child stolen away. The murder weapon -- a gun for stunning cattle before they are butchered -- leads Max Wolfe to a dusty corner of Scotland Yard's Black Museum devoted to a murderer who 30 years ago was known as The Slaughter Man.

     But The Slaughter Man has done his time and is now old and dying. Can he really be back in the killing game? And was the murder of a happy family a mindless killing spree, a grotesque homage by a copycat killer -- or a contract hit designed to frame a dying man?    Max needs to find the missing child and stop the killer before he destroys another innocent family -- or finds his way to his own front door.

     A murdered family. A dying serial killer. A missing child. And a detective who must learn that even the happiest of families have black, twisted secrets that someone is ready to kill for.

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The Hanging Club

Parsons, Tony 2016

Someone just brought back the death penalty. The third book in Tony Parsons' bestselling DC Max Wolfe series. A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them by the neck until dead. Sentenced to death is the gang member who groomed and abused dozens of vulnerable girls; the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child; and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops.

As the bodies pile up and riots explode all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet, hunting a gang of killers who many believe to be heroes.But before he can confront them, Max Wolfe learns some painful truths about the fragile line between good and evil, innocence and guilt, justice and retribution.

And discovers that the lust for revenge starts very close to home.

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Die Last

Parsons, Tony 2017

There is a fate worse than death.Chinese New Year’s Eve.As dawn breaks on a snowy February morning, a refrigerated lorry is found parked in the heart of London's Chinatown. Inside twelve women, apparently illegal immigrants, are dead from hypothermia.

But in the cab of the abandoned death truck, DC Max Wolfe of West End Central finds thirteen passports.Twelve dead women. Thirteen passports.The discovery sends Max on his most dangerous investigation yet. Who trafficked the dead women? And what happened to the one who survived?The hunt for the missing woman will take Max Wolfe into the dark heart of the world of human smuggling, mass migration and 21st century slave markets.

A world where the borders are coming down and the blackest forces in history are once again on the rise.As Max discovers the ultimate fate of the woman who fell through the ice, he is forced to ask the question that haunts our time. What would you do for a home?

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Girl On Fire

Parsons, Tony 2018

When terrorists use a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, it ignites a chain of events that will draw in the innocent and the guilty alike. DC Max Wolfe of West End Central finds himself caught in the crossfire between a tech-savvy terrorist cell and a revenge-seeking, Bible-quoting murderer called Bad Moses.

And when Max’s ex-wife suddenly reappears to reclaim custody of his beloved daughter Scout, he finds himself fighting the greatest battle of all. The fight for his family.

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Platinum Logic

Parsons, Tony 1979
Rock & Roll novel tells "the story of platinum blond Candy she soars to stardom with MOM records.... The novel "captures the greed of the moguls, the madness and money, splendor and squalor of a world built on high decibels and higher stakes. " Read More

The Family Way

Parsons, Tony 2004

It should be the most natural thing in the world. But in Tony Parsons' latest bestseller, three couples discover that Mother Nature can be one hell of a bitch. Paulo loves Jessica. He thinks that together they are complete -- a family of two. But Jessica can't be happy until she has a baby, and the baby stubbornly refuses to come.

Can a man and a woman ever really be a family of two? Megan doesn't love her boyriend anymore. After a one-night stand with an Australian beach bum, she finds that even a trainee doctor can slip up on the family planning. Should you bring a child into the world if you don't love its father? Cat loves her life.

After bringing up her two youngest sisters, all she craves is freedom. Her older boyfriend has done the family thing before and is in no rush to do it all again. But can a modern woman really find true happiness without ever being in the family way? Three sisters.

Three couples. Two pregnancies. Six men and women struggling with love, sex, fertility and the meaning of family. And one more bitter-sweet bestseller from the author of MAN AND BOY.

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One for My Baby

Parsons, Tony 2005

From the bestselling author of Man and Boy and Man and Wife comes the charming story of a widower who doesn't believe you get a second chance at love. Full of biting social commentary and overwhelming emotion, One for My Baby is a warm and witty novel of love, family, sex, and Tai Chi.

Returning to London from Hong Kong after a brief, idyllic marriage ends in tragedy, Alfie Budd finds his world collapsing. Believing his chance for love has passed, he takes comfort in fleeting affairs with his students at Churchill's Language School while watching his parents' marriage, his grandmother's health, and his career ambitions rapidly deteriorate.

But then Alfie meets two people who help him to start healing: the old Chinese man he sees practicing Tai Chi in the park every morning and a single mother who needs Alfie's help in completing her education. Soon, our bereft widower is learning much more than Tai Chi and falling for one student above all others.

But can Alfie give up meaningless sex for a meaningful relationship? And how much room in our hearts do we really have for love?

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Stories We Could Tell

Parsons, Tony 2005

Sometimes you can grow up in just one night. It is August 16th 1977 – a steaming summer night, the night that Elvis Presley will die, while in London three young men will discover the true meaning of friendship. Three boys write for The Paper – England’s answer to Rolling Stone.

Terry is back from Berlin, basking in his friendship ship with debauched rock legend Dag Wood – but then Dag comes to London, and sets his sights on Misty, the teen photographer who Terry loves. Will the love of Terry’s life survive this hot summer night? Ray is the only writer on The Paper who refuses to cut his hair and give up on peace, love and understanding.

On the edge of being sacked, Ray finds comfort in the arms of an unhappy older woman. But John Lennon is in town for just one night, en route to Tokyo, and Ray knows that if he can interview the reclusive Beatle, he can keep his job. Can John Lennon and a married woman save a young man’s soul? Leon is on the run from a gang called the Dagenham Dogs who have taken exception to one of his acerbic reviews.

Hiding out in a disco called the Goldmine, Leon meets Ruby – the dancing queen of his dreams. But will it be love, sex or the Dagenham Dogs that find Leon before the dawn? Unashamedly touching and full of a deep nostalgia for the glory days of rock, STORIES WE COULD TELL is about growing up and being young, above sex and love and rock and roll, about the dreams of youth colliding with the reality of the grown-up world – and about the unbreakable bonds of friendship.

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My Favourite Wife

Parsons, Tony 2008

How far would you go for a better life? Hot shot young lawyer Bill Holden and his wife Becca move with their young daughter Holly to the booming, gold rush city of Shanghai, China. It is a place of opportunity and temptation, where fortunes are made and foreign marriages come apart in spectacular fashion.

Bill’s law firm houses the Holden family in Paradise Mansions – a luxury apartment block full of second wives, the mistresses of China’s new rich, beautiful young women like the enigmatic JinJin Li – ex-school teacher, crossword addict, dedicated roller skater and the Holdens’ neighbour.

When tragedy forces Becca to temporarily return home with Holly, Bill and JinJin Li find their friendship developing into something more dangerous for both of them, something that threatens to destroy all of their lives. When Becca and Holly return to Shanghai it is time for all of them to learn something about the meaning of love and the bonds of family.

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Starting Over

Parsons, Tony 2009

Policeman George Bailey has been given the gift we all dream of – the chance to live his life again. After suffering a heart attack at the age of 47, George is given the heart of a 19-year-old – and suddenly everything changes…. Newly invigorated, George is suddenly a true friend to his teenage son and daughter - and no longer the stern, old school dad he was before, monitoring their every move.

And suddenly he is an insatiable red-hot lover to his bewildered wife, and not just a complacent husband. And now George wants to change the world and not just watch it pass him by – and change it he most certainly will, as soon as he shakes off this hangover.

George Bailey is about to discover that being young again is not all that it is cracked up to be – and what he actually wants more than anything in the universe is to have his old life back.

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Catching the Sun

Parsons, Tony 2012
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Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Beyond the Bounty

Parsons, Senior Lecturer Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of Postgraduate Medical Education Tony 2012
What happened after the crew of the Bounty cast their sadistic captain adrift? They swap cruelty and the lash for easy living in the island heaven of Tahiti. However, paradise turns out to have a darker side as the rebels' dreams turn to nightmares. Read More

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


Parsons, Tony 2011

Seven short stories from bestselling author Tony Parsons, based on his week as Writer in Residence at Heathrow airport.Here is Heathrow as it has never been seen before – a secret city populated by the 75 million travellers who pass through every year, a place where journeys and dreams end – and begin.

From the brilliant twenty-something kids who control the skies up in Air Traffic Control to the softly-spoken man who cares for the dogs, lions and smuggled rattlesnakes at Heathrow’s Animal Reception Centre, from the immigration officers who have heard it all before to the firemen who hone their skills by setting the green plane on fire, from the armed police who watch for terrorist attacks to the pilots who have touched the face of god – Heathrow teems with life.

In Departures, his first collection of short stories, Tony Parsons takes us deep inside the secret city.

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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Boy Looked at Johnny: The Obituary of Rock and Roll

Julie Burchill 1978
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Big Mouth Strikes Again

Parsons, Tony 1998
Light wear to cover, page edges tanned. Shipped from the U.K. All orders received before 3pm sent that weekday. Read More

Life, Death and Breakfast

Parsons, Tony 2010

SPECIAL PRICE FOR A LIMITED TIMEThe bestselling author of MAN AND BOY turns his acute eye and pen to the biggest personal issues that face us – as well as the annoying grit in the eye of everyday life.'If a young lover breaks your heart, or if you fall off your Harley, if you make a fool of yourself, well, that is what men do, and what we have always done.

That is not a mid-life crisis. It's just the latest in a long line of cock-ups.'Tony Parsons shows us why, as well as being a bestselling novelist, he's also one of the Britain's most popular journalists.This is modern life for men – explained. What the hell goes on in their heads, hearts and trousers, and why? It's about the sound of real guns and the feel of fake breasts.

What to do when gobby yobs strike and you've got the kids in tow. About junk sex and performance anxiety; and how cars and football both went wrong.

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On Life, Death, & Breakfast

Parsons, Tony 2013

In this dazzling collection of essays, Tony Parsons reveals why he was an award-winning journalist before he was a bestselling novelist – and how to be a man in the modern world. Tony turns his unwavering eye on real men and fake breasts, airport security and junk sex, the heartbreak of saying goodbye to your parents and how only true love and physical fitness will save the modern male.

With all the humour and heart that he brought to bestselling novels like MAN AND BOY, Tony explains why men stray, why men stay, why the mid-life crisis is a myth and how to be happy. All facets of modern life and love are here – viewed from the sometimes outrageous, often controversial but always wildly entertaining perspective of Britain’s favourite cultural commentator.

“Tony Parsons gets inside the heads and hearts of modern men.” – the London Times.

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