The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers by Paul Torday book Cover

The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers

A modern A TALE OF TWO CITIES by the bestselling author of SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN. "The money came out of nowhere. In the first years of the first decade of the new century, money flowed around the world as it had never done before. Then, somewhere, someone asked a question. It was: 'Can I have my money back?'"

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"This hugely likeable book subtly highlights the surprising parallells between obvious con men and the rest of us who just want to make a fast buck."

– Elizabeth Buchan, SUNDAY TIMES

News:2022 Prize Judges announced

Delighted to announce the prizes for the Paul Torday Memorial Prize 2022, presented in conjunction with the Society of Authors. They are Mavis Cheek, Denise Mina and Donald S. Murray (our 2020 winner.) The Paul Torday Memorial Prize is awarded to a first novel by a writer over 60. The prize includes a set of... Read more »

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News:Kathy O’Shaughnessy wins Paul Torday Memorial Prize 2021

Kathy O'Shaughnessy has been awarded the 2021 Paul Torday Memorial Prize for In Love With George Eliot.

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News:Paul Torday Prize 2021 open for entries!

Deadline 30th November 2020, 5pm

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News:2023 Prize open for submissions

The winner will receive - from 2023 on, an increased prize of £3,000, with a set of Paul Torday’s collected works.

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event:The 2020 Society of Authors Awards – Winner’s Announcement

Save the date for the 2020 Society of Authors’ Awards as we celebrate this year’s winners with a series of short online videos, in lieu of a real-life event.

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