The Old Romantic

by Louise Dean

Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

The Old Romantic Synopsis

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.

The Old Romantic Press 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 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

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ISBN: 9780141030609
Publication date: 07/04/2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141030609
Publication date: 7th April 2011
Author: Louise Dean
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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