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Publisher's Summary

When Jonathon Fairfax accidentally helps a murderer bump off Sarah Morecambe, the secretary of a senior politician, he sets off a chain of events that astonishes him. Jonathon is wrong-footed by even the most everyday things, so he's particularly startled to find himself caught up in a conspiracy that goes right to the heart of government. Teaming up with a suave private investigator, a glamorous granny and the probable love of his life, Jonathon must confront his greatest fears - including talking to girls and balaclava-clad killers - and answer some very difficult questions. Who murdered Sarah Morecambe? What is the strange secret that unites the entire British government? And what exactly does it feel like to kiss a real-life woman? 

With its naïve, reluctant hero and wry look at life, The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax has been compared to books by Douglas Adams, Carl Hiaasen and PG Wodehouse.  

©2019 Christopher Shevlin (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"You can't help being tickled." (The Guardian)

"Not many books make me laugh out loud, but The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax is one of them...A comic gem." (Stylist magazine

"Shevlin was rightly picked up by the literary agency that represents the likes of David Nicholls." (Metro)

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Great story with LOL moments

I enjoyed this story...I laughed out loud often, I look forward to growing with characters, and the narration was superb.

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  • Jumpin' Bean
  • 11-03-19

Charming and Funny

Exceptional narration brought this story vividly to life. So much richer than reading it on paper. I totally loved it and am delighted to see there is a follow up book to be issued shortly.

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  • Lizzie
  • 09-23-21

Nice premise, but way too long winded and arduous

I wouldn’t call this funny - lots of filler. I don’t know why I read the whole thing. I should have returned it.

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  • mrs
  • 05-27-21

A fun book

I enjoyed this, and also the sequel. Will look out for another by this author.

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  • Unsy
  • 02-27-21

Enjoyable nonsense

Overall this book was very enjoyable and is a decent length. The narration is very good and the character and scene description pretty much perfect. I laughed out loud in quite a few places and rooted for the hero all the way through. There was a slight discrepancy with regard to plot (it seemed to jump from beginning to end without much middle) but I expect that is due to this being the author's first novel. I recommend this book to anyone wanting an entertaining listen without too much depth.

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  • Halfdan
  • 02-16-21

Brilliant, mostly

I really enjoyed it although the storyline was kind of silky the characters were brilliant.

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  • soo jay
  • 12-03-21

Starts off at a cracking pace. It doesn't last.

I thought this was going to be a really fun read. It certainly begins well, even rising to laugh-out-loud funny at times. By about chapter 45
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  • Shanan
  • 04-13-20

astonishingly good

I loved it, very british. It's one of my favorite books I have listened to twice