This is the first novel by award winning playwright Barney Norris. Set in Salisbury, it tells the story of the moment when 5 lives are brought together in a most unexpected way.
I doubt you’ve read anything like this; I certainly hadn’t. It’s essentially a private diary that spans the course of a year, written by an 83 year-old man in a nursing home. It’s apparently fiction (although who can really say for sure?) and it is laugh out loud funny.
Travel to the very Northern end of the Victoria line and you reach Walthomstow Central. Walk for a further 10 minutes or so past takeaways, nail bars and bakeries, until you reach the rather aptly named Ruby Road. Aptly named because at the end of it is a real gem, the rather beautiful William Morris Gallery. It is in complete contrast to everything around it, and the only clue you are getting close is the William Morris quote emblazoned across the side of a house at the end of Ruby Road.
The ancient glacial landscape was showing off this morning. A stunning walk.
This compact novel has short chapters, it well written and like all good short novels, the sentences are well constructed and words are not wasted.
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