From the moment you open the pub door in that North London suburb you smell the 1970s. The raucous laughter in the corner draws you to the Jones family: dark, dysfunctional and drunk. The sense of period and place are painstakingly recreated. You roll with the punches as Colette tries to hold her large extended family together as alcohol takes its deadly toll. This is a long read with surprising humour which lightens the tragedy and pain. While reading you are unaware of turning the pages because you are there along with the family. Powerful without ever becoming melodramatic or sentimental.