This is the first novel by award winning playwright Barney Norris. Set in Salisbury, it tells the story of the moment when 5 lives are brought together in a most unexpected way.
I doubt you’ve read anything like this; I certainly hadn’t. It’s essentially a private diary that spans the course of a year, written by an 83 year-old man in a nursing home. It’s apparently fiction (although who can really say for sure?) and it is laugh out loud funny.
This compact novel has short chapters, it well written and like all good short novels, the sentences are well constructed and words are not wasted.
Mitzi is a screen name, the woman behind the blog is actually the little-known Sarah Lundy, a mother of two who is better known by the PTA as the mom who doesn’t volunteer as much as she should.
In an age where email, FB messenger, Whatsapp and whatever other form of digital communication takes your fancy, the hand written word can take second place. Today ‘thank you’s’ can be said or sent, with accompanying happy face emoji the moment a gift has been received. All of these are good, but for me nothing beats the pleasure of a hand written thank you.
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