'The future is not always a whole new ball game. There tends to be unfinished business. One trails all sorts of things around with one, things that simply won't be got rid of.' Destined to be a haunter of libraries, Lewis's cautious progress through life reveals to him only his own shortcomings. Estranged from his wife and daughter, he searches for an alternative. This novel presents the life and aspirations of one man who remains out of step with his times.
How can anything be so funny and so sad both at once? Every sentence is an object lesson in compression and wit. Tessa Hadley on 'A Start in Life' Guardian Summer Reads, 2015