Any Lengths to Please

Any Lengths to Please

By Paul A. Mendelson

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 28 Feb 2024


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Categories: Contemporary, Poetry, Short Stories and Plays

ISBN: 9781916668119
eISBN: 9781835740378


Any Lengths to Please is a uniquely entertaining compendium by BAFTA-nominated screenwriter and acclaimed novelist Paul A. Mendelson. A short story, a novella, a medium-sized novel and a brief literary ‘confection’, designed to whet any appetite.

The shortest, Einstein, is a quirky love story, set in New York State, about a young woman finding her Mr Wrong.

I Can’t be Ill, I’m a Hypochondriac is a semi-autobiographical and wryly poignant tale about the effect on a family when a member is diagnosed with a serious cancer. It tells how life and work don’t stop – they just become infinitely more fraught.

Lost Souls, the novel, is a laugh-out-loud, larger-than-life fable. It tells of how the scuzziest guy in LA, a soulless, dissolute ‘porn’-broker, has to find love in five days with the kindest, least-worldly soul around, a scruffy Lake District shepherdess, or go straight to Hell!

A Perfect Murder Story, a brief ‘confection’, is told entirely in letters from a script-editing agency to a would-be scriptwriter. But what sort of plot does the fledgling scribe really have in mind?


Paul A. Mendelson is a BAFTA-nominated screenwriter and author. He has created several hit BBC sitcoms, including May to December and My Hero. His ITV drama Losing It, with Martin Clunes, was much acclaimed. Paul has written nine books, including two for children. He scripts his books and three have been optioned for movies. His novel Must Have GSOH was the only UK Finalist in the Screencraft Cinematic Book Contest. Paul lives in London.


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