MATTHEW OXENHAY leads a 2.5 kids kind of life. He has a nice house in north London, a devoted wife, two children and a well-earning job in the city.
There’s just one problem — this isn’t the life he wanted.
As a student who dreamed of rebelling against the system, he took a city job as a drunken bet — or did he?
Everything has seemed a little hazy since he lost his job and started devoting more time to his favourite pastime — drinking.
Indeed, Matthew is feeling pretty lost, until he bumps into a childhood sweetheart and the hopes and dreams of his younger self come flooding back.
Matthew is a selfish and often unlikeable character, but by the end of the book, you feel a great affection for this angry and confused man.
That’s testament to author Jim Powell — a talented writer whose previous careers include advertising, pottery and politics.
Key to this book, though, is its strong and constant dark humour.
It’s a short read, but entertaining, thoughtful and very witty.
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