By Keith Waterhouse
June Pepper finds there is more to life than death in this touching, sensitive and funny exploration of bereavement from the creator of Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell and Billy Liar.
Returning from the memorial service for her husband, a tough tabloid editor cut down in his prime, June Pepper sets about following his instructions to keep a journal as therapy. But both grief and the journal prove elusive. Distracted by a problem stepdaughter and by a liaison with a man she discovers wearing one of her husband's old suits, June finds bereavement far from straightforward. And as she empties skeletons from closets, she learns there is far more to life than death.
In a long and highly successful career, Keith Waterhouse published fifteen novels, including Billy Liar (which has been filmed and staged) and Our Song (also staged), seven non-fiction books and seven collections of journalism. He wrote widely for television, cinema and the theatre, including the highly successful play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell. He also published two acclaimed memoirs, City Lights and Streets Ahead. He died on 4th September 2009.
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27 Mar 2014
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Touching, hilarious . . . a journey of hope and courage — The Times
Waterhouse sparkles in this fictional diary of a newly-bereaved widow — Daily Express
Often moving, often comic . . . The strength of this novel lies in pathos and in its onwards-and-ever-upwards, day-to-day detail — Literary Review
A realistic view of bereavement, full of humour — Mail on Sunday
Beautifully written — Sunday Independent (Ireland)