While the Sun Shines

While the Sun Shines

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At fifty the guarantee runs out...About to hit the big five-oh, obsessed with sex, cocaine-fuelled and gripped by a crippling fear of death, Professor Michael Cole is finding life a bit of a struggle. It's finding the time to squeeze everything in, really. He's supposedly writing the definitive biography of his literary hero, John Donne, but barely manages three hundred words a week. His insatiable enthusiasm for his prettier female students might be partly to blame, but they are only young once. And the fact that one of his female colleagues has yet to succumb to his charms is, admittedly, a distraction he could well do without. But throw in a fight for promotion, a wife to lie to and two small children to look after and it's no wonder his blood pressure has reached life-threatening heights. He knows the time has come to act his age. The question is how. Because Michael Cole is very much a creature of habit and, as we all know, old habits die hard. But it's when he's caught in the act of adultery by his grandmother that Cole truly begins to see the writing on the wall. After all, she's been dead for twenty-five years...Marrying humour, heart and a singular understanding of the human condition, WHILE THE SUN SHINES is an uproariously funny yet hugely affecting novel about growing-old disgracefully and the price we sometimes have to pay. ..

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 204 x 30mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552999660
  • 9780552999663
  • 416,129

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"'Wonderfully funny, original and moving'" -- Helen Dunmore "'Beautifully crafted...the perfect marriage of humour and heart'" -- Glenn Patterson "'A wonderful novel...written with great humour and a rare generosity of spirit. Truly original'" -- Deborah Moggach "'A really wonderful book'" The Times "'Pognant, hilarious and ultimately deeply moving...a wonderful novel'" -- Marika Cobbold

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About John Harding

John Harding was born in a small Fenland village in the Isle of Ely in 1951. After local village and grammar schools, he read English at St Catherine's College, Oxford, where he once sat next to Martin Amis during a lecture. He worked first as a newspaper reporter, then as a writer and editor in magazines, before becoming a freelance writer. His first novel was the acclaimed and bestselling WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY. He lives in Richmond upon Thames with his wife and two sons.

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