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I have completely and irretrievably fallen in love with this book. I entered thinking one thing, and left feeling so, so much more. Billy at over one hundred years old, decides to look back over the loves of his life. Richard Lumsden has created a wonderfully rounded and appealing main character, surrounded by an equally gorgeous supporting cast. I slipped into the pages and just wanted to remain there, the past calls and cajoles, intriguing suggestions form and grow, before the present enters once again. There were times when my heart broke, each piece forming a collection of love just for Billy. The Six Loves Of Billy Binns is a beautifully readable and emotional tale, full of laughter and tears you really couldn’t ask for much more, highly recommended.
I remember my dreams but not where they start.
Further back, I recall some of yesterday and the day before that. Then everything goes into a haze.
Fragments of memories come looming back like red London buses in a pea-souper.
Time plays funny tricks these days.
I wait for the next memory. I wait and I wait.
At 117 years old, Billy Binns is the oldest man in Europe and he knows his time is almost up. But Billy has a final wish: he wants to remember what love feels like one last time. As he looks back at the relationships that have shaped his flawed life - and the events that shaped the century - he recalls a life full of hope, mistakes, heartbreak and, above all, love.
Funny, heartbreaking, wise and so very uplifting, it's a beautiful story of love and redemption. Richard Lumsden is a magical, natural storyteller, weaving joy and pain through the life of a protagonist you can't fail to love - Miranda Dickinson
A big, assured, accomplished work - Sunday Independent
Moving - Bella
This uplifting and powerful debut is beautifully written, full of emotion and will tug at your heartstrings - Sarah J Harris, author of 'The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder'
A book I would like to have beside me as I grow old to remind me of what's important in life and what is not -- Jenny Quintana, author of 'The Missing Girl' Magical -- Sir Tom Courtenay The Six Loves of Billy Binns is extraordinary. Funny, heartbreaking, wise and so very uplifting, it's a beautiful story of life, love and redemption. Richard Lumsden is a natural, magical storyteller, weaving joy and pain through the life of a protagonist you can't fail to love. It's a book you read with your heart in your mouth and your breath held. It will stay with me for a long time. I loved it! - Miranda Dickinson
A novel with enough warmth for the chilliest of Januarys . . . lovely - Grazia
Richard Lumsden's first novel is full of surprises and sentiment - Sun
Publication date: 24/01/2019
Publisher: Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
|Publication date:||24th January 2019|
|Publisher:||Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group|
|Genres:||Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Richard Lumsden has worked as an actor, writer and composer in television, film and theatre for 30 years. As an actor his films include Downhill, Sightseers, Sense & Sensibility and The Darkest Hour, as well as numerous television shows and theatre productions. THE SIX LOVES OF BILLY BINNS is his first novel.More About Richard Lumsden