The Best a Man Can Get – by John O’Farrell
This is a very funny book about a couple with children where the father wants his free time and also wants his wife and children. He manages this after a fashion, but everything gets very messed up.
This book is a hilarious account of a family that almost falls apart because the father, Michael, tries to organise his life to get the best of both worlds, a loving family, and a bit of freedom. He lives part time in two places without his wife or flatmates knowing anything about his double life. There are insights to parenting and marriage that are true to life and very funny, and to call young children incredibly boring is a bit of a jolt, but there are gems of truth in this story. Young children wanting to be told the same bedtime story for the ninety-ninth time can be boring. It is very well written and easy to read, the characters that share Michael’s flat are very funny and bit weird, and it is easy to feel you have had friends like that at some time in your life.
In the end the story is a bit far fetched but that is not such a bad thing, the comedy makes it a great book. The twist the wife plays out near the end is hilarious and, I would certainly recommend this book.