Aren’t publishing trends funny? There is a tide of books coming in off the back of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry at the moment (including the delightful Last Bus to Coffeeville). This one, published by Pan Macmillan, runs in a similar vein, adding to the dialogue we are having at the moment in literature of what it really means to grow old in places like England.
I think this discussion about the truth of aging is a really important one, and something I feel The Extra Ordinary Life does extra ordinarily well. The other aspect where it truly flourishes is the comedic tone. Frank is, you guessed it, 81 years old, and has recently been run over by a milk float. I mean, no-one needs that, but when you’re 81 it can be a real buzz kill. Frank takes it all in his stride though – he is a fantastic character, full of life and fun. That’s from his James Stewart impersonations to his conversations with his only companion, Bill the cat.