Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

The Inconvenient Need to Belong

by Paula Smedley

Family Drama

LoveReading View on The Inconvenient Need to Belong

Also Available on Kindle.

The Inconvenient Need to Belong introduces us to Alfie, an old man with no visitors, living in a care home. To combat his loneliness, he sneaks out to the local park every Saturday to feed the ducks, where he meets Fred a young boy, to whom Alfie tells his life story in order to impart some wisdom. 

This book really reminded me of books like Three Things About Elsie and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. I liked that the story also focuses on Julia, a nurse at the care home who wants to learn more about this rather grumpy old man.

I thought that this was a heartwarming story about getting old, life and grief. Using the young Fred as a way to convey imparting wisdom to the next generation, is a brilliant idea and like in life, it’s just whether the younger generations as willing to listen.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loved either the books that I have mentioned or the contemporary family saga stories that are similar on the market. A lovely read to curl up with and enjoy.

LoveReading Ambassador

The Inconvenient Need to Belong Synopsis

In the summer of 1953, twenty-year-old Alfie steals away from his troubled childhood home in London to start a new life in Exeter. His own life.

And at first it’s everything he ever dreamed it would be. For the first time in his life Alfie feels like he belongs.

Today, in a care home in the Midlands, eighty-six-year-old Alfie is struggling to come to terms with his dark past.

Alfie’s story is one of regret, the mistakes we make, and the secrets even the most unassuming of us can hold. But it is also a story about family, friendship, the things we should treasure and protect, and how the choices we make can shape our lives and the lives of others.

Win a Signed Copy Of People Of Abandoned Character!

Win a Signed Copy Of People Of Abandoned Character!

Closing date: 01/11/2020

People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield is a Debut of the month. To celebrate its release we're working with Head of Zeus to give away 5 signed copies of the book! "This is one of those books where there is no perfect shining light of a character to attach yourself to, life is a struggle, at times a battle, just to survive. Compelling, thought-provoking, and powerful," Liz Robinson, Expert Reviewer This draw is open only for UK residents currently in the UK and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. The draw closes on 1st November 2020. The winners will be notified as soon as possible.

Enter Now

The Inconvenient Need to Belong Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Loneliness can affect anyone of us, old or young. This warming tale takes you through laughter, sadness, anger and regret to ultimately show that we all need to be accepted for who we are and be loved by somebody. Full review

Nicola Crisp

If you loved this, you might like these...

The Seven Doors
The Lying Life of Adults
Ash Mountain

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781781329511
Publication date: 03/04/2020
Publisher: Silverwood Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781329511
Publication date: 3rd April 2020
Author: Paula Smedley
Publisher: Silverwood Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 294 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Indie Books We Love,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Paula Smedley

Paula Smedley is the debut author of "The Inconvenient Need to Belong", an emotional novel about love, loss and how the choices we make can shape our lives and the lives of others. She began writing at a very young age, winning acclaim and awards for her poetry and short stories. An extensive traveller, Paula has encountered vigilantes in Nigeria, escaped post-tsunami radiation in Japan, partied in a favela in Rio de Janeiro and left her debit card in a cashpoint in Sri Lanka. She lives in London with her husband.

More About Paula Smedley

Share this book