Best Man Falling by Patrick Driscoll

Probably the worst best man in the world...

When career slacker Eddie Corrigan is asked to step up to the plate and be the best man at his friend's wedding, he knows he should feel honoured like any normal person. But therein lies the glitch: Eddie is not a normal person. So begins Operation Understudy - Eddie's plan to shirk responsibility at all costs.

Along the way, he encounters the beautiful and complex Marla DiMitri, and after a night of complicated, all-strings-attached sex, finds himself embroiled in a tangled web of family deception. Eddie just doesn't have time for tangled webs of family deception; the wedding is drawing closer, and his responsibilities remain firmly unshirked!

But also along the way, he finds solace in Marla's company, and learns to come to terms with the death of his mother and the gap it has left within his own family.

Best Man Falling is a raucous, knock-about comedy of embarrassment, set amidst the sizeable Anglo-Irish, working-class community of Northampton. But it is also a story of redemption, of a man overcoming the dark obstacles of his past and discovering that, sometimes in life, you just have to let go before you can get a grip.

  • Classification: Moderate
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Oct. 21, 2008
  • Last updated Oct. 21, 2008
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  • Michael Jones's avatar
    Michael Jones wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    Just read the first chapter - this is brilliant! I haven't got time to read the rest now but I'll be back to finish it, make no mistake :D Laugh out loud funny in places: ‘Last time a female of the species walked into the place, Vic turned on the glade ‘plug-in’ in celebration’ ‘Dave scheduling his life like the Christmas tele, in the Radio Times’ ‘He’s just installed a heated towel rail.’ There follows a short silence while we ...
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    silvachilla wrote 2 years, 5 months ago
    Paddy, Please, please slap me. I am SO sorry it's taken so long to return the read, and annoyed because I really LOVED this! OK, your pitch felt a little bit clumpy in places, but that's the only bad thing I have to say. I've read all 5 chapters and you literally had me laughing out loud in places - trench face, the morning with Marla's folks, the salsa - just so funny. You write incredibly well. Your descriptions and ...
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    Rebecca Rohrick [Retired] wrote 2 years, 6 months ago

    Very funny! Great to read. Thanks.

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    femmefranglaise wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    Hi Patrick I noticed your link on the Dick Lit thread and thought I'd give it a read. I thought it was brilliant written and can't understand why it isn't higher up the charts. It's so nice to read a book that doesn't take itself too seriously. Your comic dialogue is excellent, the characters are well drawn and your MC is... well, everybody knows an Eddie! I love some of your descriptions, 'face set to full beam', etc. I'd buy ...
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    Lockjaw Lipssealed wrote 4 years, 5 months ago

    Straight up, good writing.

    Lockjaw

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    Jedah Mayberry wrote 4 years, 6 months ago
    Finally, a likeable protagonist who is not also simultaneously too perfect to have ever existed in real life. Side descriptions of Vic The Barman and Helena add color and texture (though I don't know that you need to address him as Vic The Barman after you've just introduced him as Vic The Barman. As some point he becomes simply Vic.) Likening the clock with no second hand to the passage of years as one gets older is expert as is ...
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    Wilma1 [Retired] wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    You have the ability to write material that amuses, not everone can do that but you pull it off effortlessly

    I hope this does well for you.

    Wilma1
    Knowing Liam Riley- I hope you enjoy it

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    Andrew Burans wrote 4 years, 7 months ago
    You have finely crafted a most interesting and funny storyline and your use of short paragraphs and crisp, well written dialogue keeps the pace of your story flowing nicely. I do like your choice to use the first person narrative voice as this allows you to fully explore Eddie's feelings and thoughts and you build his character solidly. All of this coupled with your descriptive writing makes your work a pleasure to read. Backed. Andrew Burans The Reluctant Warrior: The ...
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    Ben Hardy wrote 4 years, 7 months ago
    I was getting a little bored with Authonomy, and you may have just brought it back to life for me. Your first chapter is terrific. I can certainly imagine reading this in a published book. The characters, particularly your narrator, are engaging and believable. There is a huge amount of humour, but nothing forced. You do the right amount of showing/telling (though I wince as I type that, as I dislike the concept). The dialogue reads well. This has to ...
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    klouholmes wrote 4 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Patrick, Fine comic dialogue and the improvised boyfriend bit with Marla’s parents was really funny. Eddie comes off as bumbling with her when he’s really the type to think ahead of the game. The scene in the pub was well-wrought too with the quiz going on. With all the confusion, it’s not very clear if Eddie wants to see Marla again and that, with the synopsis events, stirs the curiosity. Well-done! Easily shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

  • Barry Wenlock's avatar
    Barry Wenlock wrote 4 years, 8 months ago
    Hi Paddy, excellent work. I laughed a lot. The initial conversation is so funny. I liked the ref, to Amsterdam and 'yeah, who'd a thought it? Brilliant. Highlights included full beam and the ref to kidnap (still a common practice in rural Nepal). The paper jam testo-fix was also good and the hilarious letter to Dave. Conversion to Judaism was my favourite in this section. Then, home living and watching the footie, meeting kate and hearing about Badger the dog. ...
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    Famlavan wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    This is a great twist and brilliantly told!
    Little phrases like face set on full beam, bunched fingers of a perfectly manicured hand. Fantastic characterisation makes this a special read. – Good luck!

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    yasmin esack [Retired] wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    Enjoyable read. Well written

    bacled

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    Burgio [Retired] wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    This is a funny story. There are many tales out there about a groom or a bride trying to get out of a wedding. This is unique because it's the best man who is trying to avoid a wedding. You have a good mix of characters. Your dialogue is good. In many places, it's laugh out loud funny. I’m adding this to my shelf. Burgio (Grain of Salt).

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    delhui wrote 4 years, 10 months ago
    Dear Paddy -- God, this is funny, but not just funny -- it's incredibly well-written. We hope to take a page from your book (no pun intended) regarding the whole show-don't-tell argument. One example: You weave in Eddie's backstory re: his Dad's job and his own shortcomings with cooking and manual labor seamlessly, showing us important bits of Eddie's life without a lengthy explanation. And you manage this consistently throughout the chapters. Mechanics aside, however, we love the story for ...
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    Luk7 wrote 4 years, 10 months ago
    I love the resigned tone of this narrator 'no way of putting this that will soften the dull thud or make a woman want to sleep with you' as he explains he works in the insurance section of a local council, his fear of being too old, and worry over how much it;s going to set him back to be a best man - all so very very English. Ah, and 'London has a way of sucking people up and ...
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  • Colin Normanshaw's avatar
    Colin Normanshaw wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    I really like this. It puts me in mind of a film comedy, but much better written than most! Your witty dialogue and good pace keep the reader engaged throughout. Backed with pleasure. Colin

  • A Knight's avatar
    A Knight wrote 4 years, 10 months ago

    Fascinating. There's a sense of immediacy to this piece, and it's not easy to write in a consistent present/future tense as you have done, but you have pulled it off with skill. It makes the comedy sharper to me, and gives your tone that extra edge.

    Backed wth pleasure.

    Abi xxx

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    carlashmore wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    I have to say I love the pitch - 'all strings attached sex' - well, you just know there's trouble ahead. The prose certainly didn't disappoint. eddie is so well crafted and realised and you use first person narrative in an excellent way. Your dialogue is just spot on and I have no hesiation in backing this.
    Carl
    The Time Hunters

  • Amylovesbooks's avatar
    Amylovesbooks wrote 4 years, 11 months ago

    Very funny stuff. Shelving this little gem.

    Amy
    Love Match