Paul A. Mendelson

Paul A. Mendelson is the BAFTA-nominated creator of several hit BBC family-comedy series, including May to December, So Haunt Me and the long-running My Hero, starring Ardal O’Hanlon. He co-created Neighbors From Hell for DreamWorks Animation and writes regularly for BBC Radio 4 Drama. Paul’s first novel, In the Matter of Isabel, was published in 2017 and is being developed as a movie with a major Hollywood company. The Funnies is Paul’s second novel for children. His first, Losing Arthur, was about a boy whose mother posts his imaginary friend to Scotland! He is also the author of A Meeting in Seville (2018) and The Art of Listening and other ‘inspired’ fictions (2019).


Paul A. Mendelson's Books

ISBN: 9781913551223

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Must Have GSOH

Feb. 28, 2021

To get the girl of his dreams he needs a good sense of humour. 

To get a good sense of humour he needs a miracle.

Stephen Gibson is a gifted young horticulturist. But surprisingly this isn’t the quality most women look for in a mate. According to all the ‘personals’, it’s GSOH . A good sense of humour. Trouble is, Stephen doesn’t have one. Not a trace!

Surely he can acquire a GSOH – and win the girl of his dreams. How hard can it be? He reckons the Killer Comedy Academy can teach him all he needs to know.

Yet it’s the person he least expects who shows him how he can really stand-up for himself.

Praise for Must Have GSOH:

‘The concept is brilliant: an insider’s guide to the business of making people laugh, wrapped up in a delightfully funny and uplifting love story.’

Stephen McCrum. BAFTA-winning comedy producer. Mrs Brown’s Boys. This Country

‘I laughed, I cried, I nearly took up gardening.’

Bill Dare, creator of Dead Ringers

Paul A. Mendelson is the BAFTA-nominated creator of several hit BBC comedy series, including May to December, So Haunt Me and the long-running My Hero, starring Ardal O’Hanlon as the hapless superhero Thermoman. He co-created Neighbors From Hell for DreamWorks Animation and wrote the acclaimed ITV drama Losing It starring Martin Clunes. Paul’s first novel, In the Matter of Isabel, was published in 2017 and is being developed as a movie with a major Hollywood company. Paul has written two books for children, Losing Arthur and The Funnies, which was praised as ‘Orwellian but with laughs’. His most recent ‘grown-up’ book, The Art of Listening, a collection of humorous shorter fiction, was called ‘compelling and often disconcerting’ by The Independent. Paul lives in North-West London and is married with two daughters and four grandchildren.

ISBN: 9781913208141

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The Funnies

Feb. 28, 2020

Twelve-year-old Marius is on the run from the Government. He’s the only one in the whole nation that values his sense of humour. Everyone else was de-humoured at birth – well, most people were. Yet somehow with Marius there was a glitch.

He is captured on the run, but this time it’s not the soldiers. He has been taken by The Funnies – renegades who, like him, somehow escaped the ‘zappers’ at birth, but were betrayed by their loved ones. Marius meets their leader – Clown, plus Punchline, Slapstick, Stand-Up, Dummy (and his wooden owl, Too-Wit), Corny, Sick, Sarky, Mimic, Poo (yes, sorry) and Mime. He is entranced – kindred spirits – fellow laughers.

His loyalties are put to the test when The Funnies snatch his best friend Peter, humourless son of Mr. J, the Deputy Minister of Humour. Marius dreams of being able to make Peter laugh. 

Could the de-humouring be reversible and if so, could he restore the humour of an entire population? 

Paul A. Mendelson has created several hit BBC comedy series, including BAFTA-nominated May to December, So Haunt Me and My Hero, starring Ardal O’Hanlon. For ITV he wrote the much-acclaimed Martin Clunes drama Losing It. He co-created Neighbors From Hell for DreamWorks Animation and writes regularly for BBC Radio 4 Drama. He is currently developing a new comedy-drama series for television. Paul’s first novel In the Matter of Isabel has been bought by a major Hollywood producer. His first novel for children, Losing Arthur was published in 2017 and his second adult novel, A Meeting in Seville was published in 2018, and is based on his BBC Radio 4 play of the same name. The Art of Listening and other ‘inspired’ fictions is his most recent release and is a collection of intriguing and occasionally surreal novellas and shorter fiction.

ISBN: 9781912881468

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The Art of Listening

July 28, 2019

Stories don’t emerge out of thin air. They’re inspired from what we see, what we hear and most importantly, what we experience. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes moving, often plain weird. All a writer has to do is – listen.

In this intriguing and occasionally surreal volume of novellas and shorter fiction, BAFTA-nominated screenwriter and acclaimed novelist Paul A. Mendelson explores with humour and pathos how our worlds make us so vulnerably human. 

A volunteer on a helpline hears a voice at the other end that changes her world forever...

A failing scriptwriter tries to sell his mad movie to a famous director by pretending it’s the story of his life...

A proud Scotsman wakes up after a mild stroke to discover he has turned English...

A middle-aged man whose young father died before he was born meets his long lost parent in a dusty attic...

A husband leaves his wife forever – until he realises he has left his precious watch behind...

Paul A. Mendelson has created several hit BBC comedy series, including BAFTA-nominated May to DecemberSo Haunt Me and My Hero, starring Ardal O’Hanlon. For ITV he wrote the much-acclaimed Martin Clunes drama Losing It. He co-created Neighbors From Hell for DreamWorks Animation and writes regularly for BBC Radio 4 Drama. He is currently developing a new comedy-drama series for television. Paul’s first novel In the Matter of Isabel has been bought by a major Hollywood producer. His first novel for children, Losing Arthur was published in 2017 and his second adult novel, A Meeting in Seville was published in 2018, and is based on his BBC Radio 4 play of the same name.

ISBN: 9781912575190

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A Meeting in Seville

Aug. 28, 2018

A Meeting in Seville follows a couple whose marriage is on the rocks. They return to Seville on Semana Santa (Easter) for a ‘second honeymoon’, a gift from their daughter, only to encounter their own younger selves, on their first honeymoon exactly 30 years earlier. William Sutherland (53), is stressed, work-obsessed and alienated from his vibrant Spanish wife Luisa (52), whom he suspects of an affair with old friend and current business partner Sandy. He could do without a 30th anniversary gift from their concerned daughter. When they encounter their happily-honeymooning selves, (Will 23 and Lu 22) they think they’ve gone mad. Somehow two worlds have collided in this unchanging city – yet the only element of the other era is that the two couples can see each other.

William and Luisa recognise ‘themselves’ but the youngsters think they’re simply a nice if fractious couple here in Seville in 1988. William is drawn to the appealing young woman his wife once was. Whilst Luisa looks in sadness at the couple these sweet lovers have become. But Sandy, William’s best-man was also in Seville that long-ago week. Was this when the fatal ‘attraction’ took hold? When William accidentally discovers that he has the ability to tamper with history, he contrives to ease the young Sandy out of Luisa’s life but soon finds his efforts turning into something more potent... 

Paul A. Mendelson is a British writer known for his work on TV and radio. His comedy series include the BAFTA-nominated BBC series May to December as well as So Haunt Me and My Hero. He wrote Losing It, a film for ITV starring Martin Clunes, which was nominated for the Televisual Best Writing Award. Paul wrote the Radio 4 plays I am I said, Fireworks at the Villa Lucia and A Meeting In Seville. Recent radio dramas have included 6 adaptations of Joyce Porter’s crime novels about the Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover and the highly-acclaimed CS Forester dramatisations, CS Forester’s London Noir. Paul created the cult series Neighbors From Hell, broadcast in the US. He has written two new US pilots and three movies with LA screenwriter Alan Moscowitz and is also developing comedy and drama projects elsewhere. Paul recently published In the Matter of Isabel (which is currently being developed as a film) and Losing Arthur last year with The Book Guild.

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ISBN: 9781912083961

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Losing Arthur

Aug. 28, 2017

In Hackney, London, Zack Farmer – quirky, imaginative but bullied at school – has only one true friend in the world: Arthur. The trouble is, only Zack can see him, and one day Zack’s mum gets fed up, grabs Arthur, stuffs the handful of what she thinks is thin air into a box and posts it to Zack’s long-departed and vanished Scottish father, Stuart.

In Cape Fury, Scotland, a farmer called Stuart opens the mysterious box. It contains something only his wee eight-year old girl, Kirstie can see: a befuddled, odd-looking little creature. A shiny green chap with an extra eye in the back of his head. A streetwise, Cockney ‘lad’, calling himself Arthur. But there’s one big problem – Arthur, so far from home and Zack, is fading fast. Quick-thinking Arthur has left a valuable part of himself behind in London. A tiny, green disc - a clue to save his life. So now loner Zack, usually so timid, has to set off on a perilous journey to rescue his imaginary friend before he fades away forever. But there’s one massive problem. Someone or something out there is trying to stop Zack...

Paul A. Mendelson is a British writer known for his work on television and radio. His comedy series include the long-running, BAFTA-nominated BBC series May to December as well as So Haunt Me and My Hero. He wrote Losing It, a film for ITV starring Martin Clunes, which was nominated for the Televisual Best Writing Award and has been broadcast worldwide. Paul wrote the Radio 4 plays I am I said, Fireworks at the Villa Lucia and A Meeting In Seville. He has adapted the latter into a screenplay, which is currently in development. Recent radio dramas have included

six adaptations of Joyce Porter’s crime novels about the appalling Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover and the highly-acclaimed CS Forester dramatisations, CS Forester’s London Noir. Paul created the cult series Neighbors From Hell, broadcast in the US. He has written two new US pilots and three movies with LA screenwriter Alan Moscowitz and is also developing comedy and drama projects elsewhere.

ISBN: 9781911320876

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In the Matter of Isabel

June 28, 2017

STAFF PICK: A beautifully told story from start to finish, a true page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last sentence. Isabel is the debut of what should be the start of an exciting story-telling journey.   [Philippa Iliffe, Marketing Controller]

Rick, a wannabe corporate whiz-kid from Hackney, is transfixed when the exotic Isabel Velazco walks into his Edgware Road law office. She desperately needs his help to get her son Sebastian back. Three years ago, following a divorce from Sebastian’s father, Isabel took her son back to Argentina – with his dad’s consent. But when Sebastian visited his dad for Christmas, he never returned. Now, five long months later, she has raised the money to try and get him back. Cocky Rick believes he holds all the cards as he takes on Isabel’s case. But who exactly is playing whom? Is the ‘helpless’ Isabel all that she seems?

Paul A. Mendelson is a British writer known for his work on television and radio. His comedy series include the long-running, BAFTA-nominated BBC series May to December as well as So Haunt Me and My Hero. He wrote Losing It, a film for ITV starring Martin Clunes, which was nominated for the Televisual Best Writing Award and has been broadcast worldwide. Paul wrote the Radio 4 plays I am I said, Fireworks at the Villa Lucia and A Meeting In Seville. He has adapted the latter into a screenplay, which is currently in development. Recent radio dramas have included six adaptations of Joyce Porter’s crime novels about the appalling Chief Inspector Wilfred Dover and the highly-acclaimed CS Forester dramatisations, CS Forester’s London Noir. Paul created the cult series Neighbors From Hell, broadcast in the US. He has written two new US pilots and three movies with LA screenwriter Alan Moscowitz and is also developing comedy and drama projects elsewhere.