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    DescriptionNearly two decades after a crowd of schoolfriends in Scotland disbanded their regular Friday Night Club, it has reconvened - in London this time. At the centre, again, is Rob - now a man of means, a man about town, and a man of mystery. The story is told by the other members of the revived Friday Night Club, three men who spin round in Rob's orbit. There's Ian, a hippy hedonist who has returned to Britain after wandering around Europe, teaching English and seducing women. There's Graham, freelance illustrator and aspiring artist, struggling to cope with the ghost of an ex, a flagging career and the lure of strong drink. And there's Alastair, whose shyness accounts for his nervous cough and his ability to attract nicknames, but only partly explains why he hasn't had sex since the Eighties.


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    Title
    Friday Night Club
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Harry Ritchie
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 573 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780340822227
    ISBN 10: 0340822228
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    Hodder & Stoughton General Division
    Imprint name
    Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
    Publication date
    06 June 2002
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Harry Ritchie was born in Fife in 1958. He was Literary Editor of The Sunday Times from 1993 to 1995. His three previous books are HERE WE GO, SUCCESS STORIES and THE LAST PINK BITS. He currently lives in London.
    Review quote
    "1 Praise for THE LAST PINK BITS: 'Written with colour, pace and sharp intelligence...the book is not illustrated but with such vivid writing pictures are hardly necessary.' - Sunday Telegraph 2 'Entertaining pieces of information are scattered throughout the book, along with throwaway lines, sentences of laugh-out-loud humour and bursts of potted-guide-book history.' - Scotsman 3 'Consistently engaging, good-tempered and funny.' - The Spectator
    Review text
    Ever since Nick Hornby made his fortune by cataloguing the angst of the 30-something modern male he has spawned a host of imitators. Harry Ritchie, of course, is fully aware of this. As Literary Editor of The Sunday Times in the years when Hornby was crucially making his name and raising the stakes of the writing game, Ritchie is only too aware of the opportunities hidden in the seam of today's society. Thus he centres this novel around a dysfunctional male quartet, originally friends from school, each of whom represents a slice of modern male society. Leader of the group is Rob, rich and mysterious. The story is narrated by his three henchmen - Ian, a rootless hippy, Graham, an illustrator with a drink and woman problem, and shy Alastair, who hasn't had sex for more than ten years. It's a good idea, and Ritchie perfectly captures the crises and insecurities that seem so integral to the modern male identity. He writes with the precision of a scriptwriter inserting directions for the camera crew, with the result that the background of scenes described comes brilliantly to life while the central characters are less focused and feel as if they need actors and the wide screen to do them justice. This is an accomplished, enjoyable book crying out to be made into an excellent film. (Kirkus UK)