I loved this story. It’s a beautifully written, wryly observed and compassionate meditation on ageing and loneliness. After a brush with death 70 year old Aldous, widower and ex-art teacher, discovers a new lust for life and sets out to find someone to share his passions. Unfortunately his relationships with his children and new friends are coloured by a nip or three of whisky.
This is an irreverent tale of the absurdities and tedium of day to day living. It gives a real feel for the ennui of a life without purpose, and that freshness, zest and drive that sometimes comes after illness. I also found that the fine line teetering between humour and farce matched my taste perfectly.