The story centres on Lewes, a retired RE teacher. Even though he isn’t that old he appears to have got himself into a very lonely and monotonous routine. Daily visits from his daughter Ruth, visits to his father, Lawrence, who lives in a local care home and the occasional pub lunch, seem to be
his only regular activities.
The outline on the back cover wasn’t strictly accurate as Lewes had already retired and his thoughts on his past teaching career are only referred to briefly on page 107. As I read an uncorrected bound proof copy this may be rectified.
One or two of Lewes' reminiscences were interesting but I have no wish to read other books by this author.I found this narrative very depressing although some may find the story
interesting and insightful. For this reason I think it would be a good book club choice, providing much to debate. The volume is also a convenient size to carry around.