Richard is a modern day everyman; a middle-aged divorcee trading stocks out of his home. He has done such a good job getting his life under control that he needs no one. His life has slowed almost to a standstill, until two incidents conspire to hurl him back into the world. One day he wakes up with a knotty cramp in his back which rapidly develops into an all-consuming pain. At the same time a wide sinkhole appears outside his living room window, threatening the foundations of his house.
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Books can be linked in obvious ways - for example, books by the same author, from the same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or, you may choose to link them in more personal or esoteric ways: books you read on the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend, books that remind you of a particular time in your life, or books you read for an online challenge'.
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This Book Will Save Your Life.
#1 THE MAN WHO FORGOT HIS WIFE. Far from merely waking up with a knotty cramp in his back, Vaughan, a middle-aged divorcee, wakes up, having suffered an amnesia style fugue, to find he'd lost his memory, forgetting his wife, in this bitter-sweet read.
#2 THE OTHER MRS JORDAN: A TRUE STORY OF BIGAMY AND BETRAYAL. Talk about waking up and forgetting your wife! This is the ultimate tale of betrayal. The real-life story of Mary Turner Thomson whose life was blown apart when told her husband, the father of her children, had another wife.
#3 NO TIME FOR GOODBYE. Another novel, this one fictional, of lives torn apart as Cynthia awakes to find her family gone. Have they been murdered? Abducted? If they are alive, why did they abandon her?
#4 MYSTERIES OF RAVENSTORM ISLAND #1: THE LOST CHILDREN. Just as Molly's brother disappears a dark and dangerous secret is uncovered in this story full of amazing characters not least of whom is an ancient butler with a secret of his own.
#5 AWFUL AUNTIE. Another favourite butler of mine. I adored the elderly, forgetful, Gibbon who, amongst other mishaps, served hot, buttered carpet slippers in place of toasted crumpets.
#6 SORTING OUT BILLY. Like David Walliams (author of Awful Auntie) Jo Brand is another comedian who has tried her hand at writing a novel though sadly if this is anything to go by not nearly as successfully.