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The Old Romantic by Louise Dean
  

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From the author of Becoming Strangers, this is a black comedy of family, written in 61 really short chapters. It's good and we're not the only one to think so. Boyd Tonkin from the Independent said: 'Channels the rough music of everyday life with a tragicomic subtlety, a pin-sharp ear for dialogue and a flair for every nuance of character and class. Louise Dean's fearless, frank and darkly comic novels have brought a fresh colour and character to English fiction'

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Synopsis

The Old Romantic by Louise Dean

Ken is so obsessed with death that he's planning his own funeral - right down to the last morbid detail. He will die in the bosom of his family. There's just one problem. His family want nothing to do with him. His upwardly mobile son Nick hasn't seen him in fifteen years - and doesn't want to be reminded of the miserable old man he escaped. But Ken is nothing if not dogged. Whether he likes it or not, Ken's going to remind him of exactly what Nick has been missing ...And who he really is.

Reviews

'Channels the rough music of everyday life with a tragicomic subtlety, a pin-sharp ear for dialogue and a flair for every nuance of character and class. Louise Dean's fearless, frank and darkly comic novels have brought a fresh colour and character to English fiction' Boyd Tonkin, Independent

'Dark, scurrilous and richly comic. There is so much to treasure in this terrific book, but its deepest joy is the sharp, perceptive writing' Financial Times

'Dean is able to demonstrate her unobtrusive skill as the creator of comic set-pieces...painfully funny' The Sunday Times

'Very appealing...so vivid are the quintessentially British characters and the snappy, well-observed dialogue. Delightful, eccentric' Observer

'Dean's observations have a lyrical intensity few can match' Guardian

'A warm-hearted comedy of bad manners' Daily Mail

About the Author

Louise Dean

Louise Dean's first novel, BECOMING STRANGERS, was longlisted for the Man-Booker Prize and won the Betty Trask prize. She lives in France with her husband and three children.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2011

Author

Louise Dean

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Literary Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780141030609

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