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Guy Bellamy lived here near Glastonbury while he was writing 'The Power of Women'

The Holiday, The Mystery of Men, and The Power of Women


In 1995 Simon and Schuster published Guy Bellamy’s ninth novel The Holiday. The author is on record as saying that this book is one of his personal favourites. It is an artfully-plotted story of what happens to an oddly-matched assortment of couples who find themselves simultaneously staying in the luxurious Carlton Hotel in Cannes. The characters are brilliantly-drawn, the story romps along at a terrific rate and, as always, the book sparkles with first-rate comedy. It was re-published for the Kindle in May 2013.

Guy Bellamy’s tenth book, The Mystery of Men, was published in 1996 and re-published for the Kindle in May 2013. In 1999 the book was made into a television film for the BBC, starring Warren Clarke, Nick Berry, Neil Pearson and Robert Daws. The plot of The Mystery of Men is a sparklingly modern and racy twist on a ‘Tontine’ story: Four male friends agree to enter into an insurance syndicate which guarantees that three of them will share in a life insurance payout as soon as one of them dies. The oldest of them is still only forty five and all of them have good reason for wanting the payout to be sooner rather than later...

The Power of Women was published in 1997 and re-published for the Kindle in May 2013. Guy Bellamy had recently moved from Surrey to Glastonbury and he made good use of the town both as a setting for the novel and as a key element in the storyline:

"Redundant Sam Dawson and the very much unemployed Tim Bonner have dreams of being millionaires. Not yet strictly men of leisure, they feel entitled to enjoy at least some of life’s indulgences – like a round of golf and a pint. The cost of living is cheaper in the West Country after all.

Janice Dawson also has her daily round – a host of small jobs that earn her enough money to keep her family afloat. But Janice has had enough. Drowning her sorrows in her cooking sherry, she hits on a novel idea – a foolproof get-rich-quick-scheme – for Sam.

Meanwhile, Beverley Callard, the not so proud mother of Tim’s three-year-old daughter, is also resolving to try her man’s luck. Tim’s latest crazy idea is going to materialize – or else.

Never underestimate the power of women. Before the men know what has hit them, they find themselves whisked from the fairway and treading very unfamiliar turf. And as for the women – well, they’ve never had them so good."

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