Following the success of Love is a Four Letter Word, Calman's
second novel is a result of (as the foreword of the book claims)
many years training as a writer with a 'punishing regime of
daydreaming, tea-drinking and eavesdropping.' Calman wrote the
novel after her publisher stood over her with a big stick and told
her to get on with it. In the book trade, this is known as
'cultivating the muse'. A poet and a broadcaster, Calman's second
novel is a fun and light read that successfully packs an emotional
punch. Scott, a glass fitter, finds his life and marriage
devastated when his wife Gail discovers his illicit fling with one
of his customers (albeit a bit of a flop). Their kids, Nat coping
with teenage years, dropping mugs of tea on the floor as he is
growing 'too fast', and Rosie who just wants her Dad back (although
a pot of glittering nail polish would probably do), struggle to
cope with their parents' separation. When Scott accidentally
smashes a picture of his son (a gift from his estranged wife,
saying this is all you're getting of him) he realizes, like his
job, he is leaving a trail of shattered glass and shattered lives
behind him. This is a sweet, warm and often gleeful book, combining
a tale of Bacardi, nail polish, glass fitting and fatherly love
with a wicked sense of humour. (Kirkus UK)
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO GROW UP...
This is the story of
SCOTT, who finds his belongings outside in a bin bag one day and realises he may have made a Big Mistake
GAIL, who wishes her husband were under guarantee so she could send him back and get a refund
NAT, who discovers that growing up isn't all it's cracked up to be
ROSIE, who just wants her Dad back - or if not, then at least some new glitter nail polish.
Four lives, one story:
love, loss and learning to be a grown-up.
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