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“Very funny and original . . . I read it in one evening and laughed much of the time” SALLY EMERSON

“Consistently intelligent” FINANCIAL TIMES

“This beautifully observed tableau of an increasingly feverish English can be read in one enjoyable gulp” COUNTRY LIFE

Bill and Pete, best friends since school, are approaching 70 and now retired, but still meet regularly to chew the fat about sport, politics, their stagnant love lives, mutual friends and, increasingly, Bill’s fractious relationship with his rebellious son Ivan.

Spanning the four years from the Brexit Referendum to the end of the first Coronavirus lockdown, we watch these characters, last seen in About Time, stumble their way through chaos, mistrust, generational differences and blossoming relationships, finding new life and unexpected happiness in uncertain times.

Reviews

Well-observed, humane, and very funny.
Alun David, Jewish Chronicle
Finely observed, often tantalizing novel...Estorick writes with wry, elegant ease. Sophisticated, apparently feather-light repartee has elusive, sinister undercurrents.
Philippa Freshman, Jewish Chronicle
Full of incidental insights...consistently intelligent.
Martin Seymour-Smith, Financial Times
A sharp satirist of class and family. He's adept at the nuances of domestic oppression, the bickering, the transmission of skewed hopes and frustrated affections across the years...arrestingly grotesque and finely compelling...its power lies mainly in its inconsequentiality...Estorick has an acute eye and ear and he'll certainly be heard from as a novelist again.
Valentine Cunningham, Observer
I read it again, and again with pleasure and admiration. It's a very funny novel... The throw away wit is an ongoing bonus; the dialogue crackles; I almost think you've invented something - the short four- or five-line conversations standing like islands in the story, half a dozen comments and retorts like little explosions - nothing wasted, every word a neat and sometimes savage barb. And all funny in spite of the pain.
Maurice Gee, winner of the James Tate Black Prize for Plumb
It's refreshing - a tonic in fact - to read about older people fully realised as funny, complex, entertaining and even sexy individuals . . . could be three times longer and still great fun
Anne Garvey, Jewish Chronicle
This beautifully observed tableau of an increasingly feverish England can be read in one enjoyable gulp
Country Life