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William Walker’s First Year of Marriage: A Horror Story

By Matt Rudd

Published Jan 2010

William Walker has just got married, and is about to embark on what should be the happiest year of his life. And it would be, if it weren’t for two blots on the matrimonial landscape: Alex, a man so devoted to William’s wife, Isobel, he sang ‘I Will Always Love You’ to her at her wedding; and Saskia, a.k.a. ‘The Destroyer of Relationships’, William’s pneumatic ex, who just happens to have moved in downstairs. And then, of course, there’s Serge, William’s overenthusiastic faith healer (who seems to take the phrase ‘the laying on of hands’ just a little too literally), some drumstick-wielding neighbours, sadistic gym instructors, and the all-important question of whether it is a married man’s inalienable right to take a bath on a Friday night with a glass of whisky to hand.

This is the story of how ‘Just Married’ becomes ‘Just About Married’ as William and Isobel find that the path to true love is strewn with unexpected obstacles. Matt Rudd is a fantastic storyteller, his observational comedy is a match for the best of stand-ups, and in William Walker he has created a loveable, feckless and unforgettable hero.