‘He’s in hospital again … and he’s not eating. Perhaps you should think about coming back,’ Brenda said. ‘I don’t think your dad will be going home this time.’

When the call came, I was just setting out on a new life in France.

 

My two daughters were grown up. With divorce behind me, I was free, and single, and still hoping to find love once more. This was supposed to be my time.

 

Now it was clear my father was dying. And my mother was in a care home.

 

I didn’t want to go back, but I knew I would.

 

Though what the trip would hold – for me, for my father, and though I hardly dared voice the thought, for my mother – was too much to take in.

‘An honest and thoughtful memoir. Moving but, ultimately, full of hope. Beautiful.’ 

KATE MOSSE 
The Languedoc Trilogy

‘A beautiful, intimate story of love and understanding – candid and funny. This is a lyrical memoir of hope and forgiveness.’ 

RAYNOR WINN
The Salt Path

‘A vital subject, a really strong voice and, hurrah, humour makes this absorbing reading.’ 

CAROLINE RAPHAEL
Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime

 

‘A heart-warming, heart-wrenching, and beautifully humane account of loving and caring.’ 

NICCI GERRARD
What Dementia Teaches Us About Love

An eye-opening – and at times jaw dropping – account that will make you weep with its tenderness and compassion . . . A highly readable tale of redemption and a celebration of love’s many hues.‘ 

PAUL BLEZARD
Love Reading

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 bio

 

I have worked as a journalist on local papers and in local radio, made social action and documentary programmes for television, and produced for film, including a role for Illuminations on the Emmy award-winning performance film, Gloriana.

 

And that is not all…I have also worked as a paella chef, a hot air balloon recovery chap, a painter and decorator, and a teacher of psychology. 

 

But I am chiefly a dad. 

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February 2023