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by Paul Torday

Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Paul Torday
ISBN: 0753823403
ISBN13: 978-0753823408
Language: English
Publisher: Phoenix (September 1, 2009)
Pages: 308
Fb2 eBook: 1824 kb
ePub eBook: 1900 kb
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The book has on the front a very proud announcement saying it's recommended by the Richard and Judy . Towards the ending of the book I found It's safe to say that The Girl On The Landing isn't one of those books that suck you in instantly.

The book has on the front a very proud announcement saying it's recommended by the Richard and Judy book club. Firstly I'm worried that my friend is reading things on their recommendation but that's not for here. It takes time, and a bit of genuine effort to get into the flow of the book, but once you do it's truly hard to stop reading. I have to be honest, The Girl On The Landing isn't on top of my list of favourite books, but it's pretty damn close.

Paul Torday burst on to the literary scene in 2007 with his first novel, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, an. .

His subsequent novels, THE IRRESISTIBLE INHERITANCE OF WILBERFORCE, THE GIRL ON THE LANDING, THE HOPELESS LIFE OF CHARLIE SUMMERS, MORE THAN YOU CAN SAY, THE LEGACY OF HARTLEPOOL HALL and LIGHT SHINING IN THE FOREST, were all published to great critical acclaim.

This novel has a contemporary setting, but only the odd mobile phone and occasional startling references to DNA disturb the sense that we are sunk deep in the past: characters wear plus fours to play golf, Scottish hunting lodges are presided over by canny old housekeepers and taciturn gamewardens, a gentleman's club is dismayed by a proposal for a Mr Patel to.

Paul Torday (/ˈtɔːrdeɪ/; 1 August 1946 – 18 December 2013) was a British writer and the author of the comic novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The book was the winner of the 2007 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic writing and was serialised on BBC Radio 4. It won the Waverton Good Read Award in 2008. It was made into a popular movie in 2011, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.

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Paul Torday's third novel takes a risky but rewarding sidestep into modern Gothic, finds James Purdon. After the comic triumphs of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce, Paul Torday's third novel takes a risky but rewarding sidestep into modern Gothic. Elizabeth Gascoigne is dealing with a boring job she doesn't really need and an equally boring husband whose idea of a wild night is a tough crossword.

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None of us knows who we really are. The tension builds and I just had to finish the book, but I thought the ending . The tension builds and I just had to finish the book, but I thought the ending was an anti-climax as Elizabeth takes over the narrative and we are left dangling. Just what did happe. But I couldn’t really imagine how else it could end and it was a very enjoyable book. There seems to be a plethora of books around at the moment that just don’t get the ending right. Is this worth reading despite that?

Elizabeth has been married to Michael for ten years. She has adjusted to a fairly monotonous routine with her wealthy, decent but boring husband. But then, on a holiday in Ireland, Michael begins to change.

Elizabeth has been married to Michael for ten years. But who - or what - is changing Michael?

Elizabeth has been married to Michael for ten years. She has adjusted to a fairly monotonous routine with her wealthy, decent but boring husband. But then, on a holiday in Ireland, Michael begins to change. But who - or what - is changing Michael?
Comments to eBook The Girl on the Landing. Paul Torday
Venemarr
My initial impression on starting this book was that this would be a dreary read. How wrong I was.The language at first is dreary which reflects the dreary characters and their lifestyle... but that all changes. As the characters become progressively more interesting and (just a little bit) madder, the language changes - picking up pace until you really cant put this book down. Very clever writing indeed!

Once the plot becomes just a little bit bizarre, I was on the edge of my seat. This book will stay with me for a while and I would definitely recommend.
Ballagar
It's hard to say much about "The Girl On The Landing" without giving something away. In any case, it's a terrifically well-written, terrifying and mysterious novel that would provide plenty of fodder for a rousing book group discussion. Chilling.
Malakelv
Just what I expected from Paul Torday. And I love how he weaves a character from another book of his into the story. Very clever indeed. I couldn't put the book down!
Roram
I've loved all Torday's books. This one is different in style but very gripping. An excellent read. I love the way it shifts viewpoint between the major characters. Gives you different angles on the same events.
Gadar
I'm not quite sure what this book wanted to be. Mystery, thriller, romance? How about none of the above.

Mystery? I had figured out as soon as I read the scenario who had done what, before the psychological stuff came in.

For romance, meh. The characters were tepid and uninvolving.

Thriller? I kind of found myself rooting for him to get on with it.

Unusually for me, as soon as I finished the book, I forgot the characters names. That's how uninvolved I felt in the book. I ordered two books by the same author at the same time, and had the same experience with the other book. Boring and predictable.
Levion
I did enjoy this but but it took a while for me to get into it
Cyregaehus
I have often said that one of the reasons that I enjoy being part of a book group is that I am required, at least once a month, to read out of my comfort zone. The Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday was well out of my comfort zone! I had heard of Paul Torday and his first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen which was published in 2007, was made into a major British film starring Ewan McGregor in 2011. So I was very interested to be reading a book by this author. He turned to writing late in life and scored a huge international hit with that first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

He wanted to find what he termed the “ultimate story”, one that would bewitch readers, and he went on writing compulsively because he was still trying to find out what it was. To this end, each of his seven novels explored a different genre. Torday admitted once that, after discovering his ability to get published, he perhaps treated writing like learning to ride a bike: he kept pedalling like mad because he was afraid that if he fell off he might not be able to get back on. He sometimes suggested that he might stop writing, but never really meant it, and at his death left uncompleted yet another novel. He was born in Croxdale, County Durham, England. He was the eldest of three sons of Laszlo Torday and his Irish wife, Eileen. His father had emigrated from Hungary with his parents in the late 1930s and the family settled in the north-east as government grants were available for business set-ups. Laszlo was a physicist and his father a scientist and they founded an electroplating business that would develop into marine engineering.

Torday went to the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle and late won a scholarship to study English at Pembroke College, Oxford. After he graduated, his father insisted that he should do a business course in Manchester. He subsequently joined the family firm, Torday & Carlisle.

What Torday never publicly disclosed was that his extraordinary output, one book a year from 2007, reflected a personal race against time. He had wanted to write all his life but he was faced with a cancer diagnosis shortly after his first book was swept away on the whirlwind of an international award-winning literary sensation and he recognised the extent to which his time might be limited. Paul Torday, author and businessman, born 1 August 1946; died 18 December 2013 survived by his wife, Penelope, his sons and two stepsons and three grandchildren.

The Girl on the Landing tells the story of Michael and Elizabeth who have a steady, if passionless, marriage. Michael is utterly reliable, decent and dull. His life consists of Grouchers, his Mayfair gentleman’s club, and Beinn Caorrun, the Perthshire estate he inherited from his parents. He remains indivisible from it, much to Elizabeth’s frustration. She was not drawn to Michael only for his money: Elizabeth finds in Michael the complete dependability her father lacked, although she is aware that they do not laugh a lot together. Even on the morning of her wedding, Elizabeth finds herself half hoping that Michael will not turn up but of course, he does.

The story is told by Michael and Elizabeth in roughly alternating chapters. The Girl on the Landing begins 10 years later when, staying for the weekend in an Irish country house, Michael is struck by a painting of a girl in a green dress walking across a landing. On mentioning it to his hosts, Michael is confused to be told that there is not a girl in the picture. He goes back to check and discovers that the girl is no longer there. This the first in a series of unsettling jolts, as Michael’s internal reality starts to conflict with the outside world as perceived by those around him. The girl in the green dress starts appearing to Michael more and more frequently, and introduces herself as Lamia. Her presence, at first beguiling, becomes increasingly ominous, until it seems she “was always whispering to me, whether I was awake or asleep”.

Elizabeth begins to notice a change in her husband’s behaviour. Her slight unease at discovering an unopened packet of strange medication is tempered by her relief at finding that the lifeless man she thought she had married has been transformed into the passionate Mikey. He takes her to Rome, Italy, where, in contrast to their first honeymoon, “a few damp days” in a cheerless hotel in Ireland, their time together seems “an endless daze of wine, and food, and happiness”. However, it is a happiness that proves short-lived when they return to London, England. Elizabeth starts asking questions and discovers that in her husband’s past he was known, as a child, as “Mental Mickey”. Then, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent a year in a secure unit before, thanks to some “chemical engineering” otherwise known as Serendipozan, it was considered safe to release him. The important thing, the psychiatrist tells Elizabeth, is that Michael keeps taking his medication. Of course, he has already stopped.

I found the end of the novel rather disappointing. Torday is such an intelligent writer that almost until the very last word I was expecting him to play with the reader, to overturn the stereotype of the violent schizophrenic. He does not do so and, as a depiction of a severe mental health problem, the book portrays a negative stereotype. Elizabeth takes over the narration and we lose touch with the reality of her husband’s experience. Michael’s earlier account is brilliantly handled. He struggles to find a sense of self and he describes his sense of coming back to life as the anti-psychotics leave his system. Elizabeth’s description of looking into his eyes and “trying to understand how much of what was behind them was still human” fails to convince. It is so negative as a description of mental health, that it is really disappointing.

Nevertheless, The Girl on the Landing is well worth reading, although it did not appeal to me.
“How comfortable that idea is: that everything wrong with the human race is the result of some malfunction, some microscopic chemical change in our brains, some evolutionary wrong turning in our genetic code.”

The Girl On The Landing is the third novel by British author, Paul Torday. For ten years, Elizabeth has been married to Michael Gascoigne, ten years that Elizabeth says “demonstrated that at least I had commitment, although in my bleaker moments I thought that it might just be inertia”. Michael, boring but very wealthy, decent and reliable, begins to change after a weekend in Ireland, and Elizabeth discovers a spontaneous, romantic man she wishes had been present for those early years. Even when she discovers the reason for this profound change, and the danger it poses, she is reluctant to give this new man up.

This novel has a rather slow-moving start, but this tempo reflects the tone of the Gascoigne marriage, and as later events are described, the pace certainly picks up. Torday uses a twin narrative: Michael, who is eventually revealed to be an unreliable narrator; and Elizabeth, whose perspective demonstrates just how easily one can be ignorant of the true nature of one’s partner. Torday touches on the covert racism of the English Gentleman’s Club, as well as the medical profession’s opinion of what is “normal”, mental disorders and the drugs used to treat them: “…what type of human can conceive that a drug which obliterates the patient’s identity so entirely is a cure for anything?”

Torday said he trying to find the “ultimate novel” and wrote compulsively: each of his seven novels is a different genre, and The Girl On The Landing has been described as a subtle ghost story. This edition also contains a reading guide and a preview of the next book Torday wrote: The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers. Said Charlie Summers makes a cameo appearance in this novel: Torday’s characters tend to do this. This thought-provoking novel is another brilliant Torday offering.
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