The modern dream of working online from a place in the sun has turned into a nightmare for Eamonn Lynch. Stuck in a half-built development in Spain, he has no work, few neighbours and a girlfriend who has just walked out. The arrival of Eamonn’s recently-widowed father only adds to his misery. But forced together for two weeks, they gradually reconnect and find their way to an unexpected future. Funny, shrewd and warm-hearted, this is a perfect summer read.
When this novel about a dysfunctional English family was written in the 1950s, it was suppressed at the insistence of the author’s father. He felt it was too close to reality and would open the Holroyd family to ridicule. It turns out to be both whimsical and poignant, as each family member we meet is battier than the last. The only semi-normal character is the dog, and his days are tragically numbered.RRP: £12.99