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How and Why Lisa's Dad Got to be Famous Paperback – April 5, 2006

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Anne Weale, bestselling author of Time and Chance, has this to say about Michael Allen's latest novel:

‘An extraordinary blend of swingeing satire and touching love story. It’s not often a novel is so compelling that I wolf it down in one day. But Michael Allen’s Grumpy Old Bookman was a delight and he’s just as good at fiction.’

And here are some reviewers' comments on Michael Allen's earlier fiction:

‘Absolutely first class’ The Bookseller

‘Solidly constructed’ New York Times Book Review

‘Don’t miss it’ The Observer

‘There is something about the plot that makes the book difficult to put down, and it certainly lingers in the mind.’ Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Michael Allen has written eleven other novels (under various names) which have been published in the UK, USA, France and Denmark. Today he is best known as for his blog on books and publishing, the Grumpy Old Bookman; in 2005 this blog was listed by the Guardian as one of the top ten literary blogs worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Kingsfield Publications (April 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903988144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903988145
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,117,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought the author handled a very touchy subject, especially at the time of publication very well. I would recommend this title and others by this author to anyone. I was pleased with the outcome but probably wouldn't recommend it for young children
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A near futuristic look at where "Reality T.V." shows may be headed and a fathers unique, offbeat and oft times serious endeavor to overcome many obstacles to provide for his physically disabled child.
Michael Allen writes with a humorous flare about the "reality" mentality and his story whips you along into a world that for now is entirely his making. A show like this would not likely be shown in the "censored States of America" unless it was on the Playboy channel but that doesn't stop Allen from drawing you in and sharing his characters experiences on and about a mythical British reality show.
Allen's topic includes some very serious considerations about sex, morality, greed and culture.
I found it entertaining, original and a thoroughly captivating read, although for some parts I felt like a voyeur, which I think, is Allen's intent.
Recommended - Steve Clackson author of Sand Storm
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This was a totally enjoyable, yet unbelievable story. Anyone who likes to lose themselves in a crazy novel will enjoy it.
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