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The Restoration of Otto Laird by Nigel Packer
  

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Famed architect returns to London to save his 1960’s building from demolition. In doing so he reflects on the past and invests in the future. This is about reconciliation, about building bridges and starting afresh. It’s one of those ponderous, life-affirming tales popular at the moment. Quirky and charming with likeable people and a clever story.

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Synopsis

The Restoration of Otto Laird by Nigel Packer

Otto Laird is outraged ...The peaceful, if slightly bemused, existence of this elderly, retired architect is rudely interrupted when he learns that his most significant and revolutionary building, Marlowe House, a 1960s tower block council estate in south London is to be demolished. Determined to do everything in his power to save the building, Otto returns to London for the first time in twenty-five years. As he explores his past, ponders his present and considers the future -- for himself and his building -- Otto embarks on a most remarkable journey, one that will change everything he ever thought he knew about himself and those closest to him.

Reviews

'Emotional, poignant and touching. It's a book we can all relate to, about love, regret and moving on. An amazing read' Deborah Rodriguez, author of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

'I raced through this book in one day. The eccentric and engaging character of the ageing Otto had me gripped from the start. Well-written and moving, this is a novel to savour.' Hilary Boyd, author of Thursdays in the Park

About the Author

During an eclectic career as a writer and journalist, Nigel Packer has been a music reviewer for BBC News Online and Ceefax, a reporting officer at the International Committee of the Red Cross and a contributor to various magazines and newspapers. He lives in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th January 2015

Author

Nigel Packer

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780751553079

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