A Love of Two Halves

George Mowatt, management consultant-turned entrepreneur, is one of the wealthiest people in Britain. Karen Barnes, a single mum living in a terraced house in south Leeds, is not.

When George decides that his third home should be close to the stadium of his beloved sports team, they become neighbours. Both George and Karen have been unlucky in love and the chemistry between them is instant. Yet their lives are a world apart, and their hearts keep missing each other’s beat.

The gulf in their experiences presents a culture clash, while the difference in income raises questions over whether George’s appeal lies in his character, or his money.

If they are to find love, both have to find the keys to open doors to new ways of understanding and expressing themselves.

Just as they begin to chart a route to happiness, someone from Karen’s past reappears, and she is forced to reveal a secret she has kept from them both.

About the author

PJ Whiteley is starting to attract top-level critical acclaim for his fiction. 

His first novel Close of Play (Urbane Publications, April 2015) was shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize Summer Showcase in 2015. 

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Why We Like It

  • A fantastic new novel from PJ Whiteley
  • A laugh out loud tale
  • When rich meets poor - what is the outcome?

PJ (Philip) Whiteley is starting to attract top-level critical acclaim for his fiction.

His first novel Close of Play (Urbane Publications, April 2015) was described by the Church Times as ‘well written, and above all well-observed’, and was shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize Summer Showcase in 2015. The second novel, Marching on Together (Urbane, February 2017), has received praise from Louis de Bernières, the legendary author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin: ‘I very much enjoyed Marching on Together and was happily carried along by the wonderfully realised characters.’ 

Philip has been a professional writer since summer 1988, when he began as a trainee reporter for the trade magazine Printing World. He went on to hold roles at various professional magazines covering social work, and later business.

Since 1997, his journalism and non-fiction work has focused on the world of work, as he became intrigued by the gap between the evidence for enlightened workplaces, and the dismal reality of most offices and factories. His most recent polemic is New Normal Radical Shift, co-authored with Neela Bettridge and published by Gower (now Routledge) in 2013. The ground-breaking article Your Company Doesn’t Exist – the People Who Work in it Do, co-authored by Philip with Dr Jules Goddard, was a winner in the CME Management Article of the Year Award 2016, and was published in May 2017 in the London Business School Review.

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