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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Ltd (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747548390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747548393
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,661,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is without a doubt the strongest British novel since TRAINSPOTTING' UNCUT 'An outstanding novel ... It is so well-written, so cinematic, so compulsively structured, that it carried me through from start to finish like a modern thriller - a genuine page-turner...There won't be a better novel out this year' GUARDIAN --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stuart Browne was an art dealer, carpenter, barman, and a collector of body parts from rural hospitals in the Deep South of the USA. He lived in East Sussex and died of cancer in November 1999, shortly after writing DANGEROUS PARKING, his first novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I ended the book feeling as if I knew and loved him.
Sue Becker
Start it knowing you won't be reading a better, or more important book, for some time.
John Stoddart
I've never read anything since to compare, I'd say buy buy buy.
Alix

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
sfrank@washjeff.edu from Pittsburgh , 2 August, 2000 Browne nailed it. The imagery is cinematically vivid, the tone dangerously comedic, and the effect, in the end, heart-breaking. This is a book that reads like a movie shot by a mad scientist who knows how to grind the human spirit into its purest essence. The thing I find the most moving about this novel, written by a man who was as dear to me as my own brother, is the brutal honesty of it--an honesty that reveals Stuart Browne (a.k.a. Noah Arkwright) as I knew him: terrified of it all, yet brave enough to live life on his own terms right to the very end. When I go back to this book, as I often do, I find another answer to one of the questions I've been asking myself for the last fifty years.
Bill Pogson (poggy@tesco.net) from England , 26 May, 2000 This is the book that defines the phrase 'Sieze the Day' I found this book utterly compelling I was sucked in to the pain and trauma of the main characters existance and at the same time amazed and uplifted by his passion for life. This book took me on a roller-coaster of emotions that left me feeling how dare I ever complain about life again. When you've read this book you will realy understand the phrase 'Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece'

John Pearson (johnpearson@england.com) from London , 22 May, 2000 Dangerous Parking - funny, poignant and moving......... Stuart Browne's first and only novel before his death in 1999 is a wonderfully pithy, brutally honest and apparently semi-autobiographical retrospective of a life lived largely off the rails.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Smith on December 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
...I read this book at the perfect time. It deals with alcoholism, death, spirituality, love, and the finding of one's purpose in this big scary world. It's cinematic, it's deep, it's lovely. Holy moly it's good. And it's not just the mian character who is finding spirituality at the end of his life, Stuart Brown poured himself into Dangerous Parking as his final act in this life. It's way too bad that he won't be writing great books for years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue Becker on January 2, 2002
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I read this book on a family holiday in Santorini, Greece. Now, of course I know holiday reading should consist of a diet of Jackie Collins set against the gentle sound of the surf and the clink of ice in one's glass of Ouzo...and for me this holiday was meant to be a break from a stressful time. So, obviously, pick a book about an alcoholic with cancer, eh? But Stuart Browne's brilliant novel sucked me in from the beginning. I found the scenes in which he described his pain and cancer almost too real to bear, but knowing they were real for him made me feel I couldn't cop out and put the book down. I ended the book feeling as if I knew and loved him. Jackie Collins it wasn't...thank God. And thank you, Stuart, for your honesty and generosity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Sigl on July 24, 2001
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Actually I bought this book accidentally. I am glad I did. When you start reading 'dangerous parking' you will not be able to stop. It's thrilling, funny, sad, creative, realistic, fantastic, strong, and much more. You will live with the main character, you'll feel with him, and for him. From time to time I just closed my eyes and let the picture flow. Great! Many thanks to Stuart Browne. To everybody: read this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Stoddart on July 15, 2001
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It's impossible to offer the smallest criticism of this beautifully written, heart-rending and blindingly honest book. In facing up to his own death, the author has given us a life-enhancing work. It's far from being a depressing read. Browne has far too active a sense of humour and too much love to allow us depression. But you won't come away from it scot-free. Dangerous Parking demands that we inspect ourselves and the way we run our lives. There may be other occasions when an artist has put his entire soul into a single work, but I can't recall them. Start it knowing you won't be reading a better, or more important book, for some time.
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