Barry Braithwaite’s Last Life




This dryly humorous novel, was conceived after having been back in Lancashire for a couple of years and was inspired by some of the people and situations I came across in my work.

~ “Barry tugs at the heartstrings as you feel totally immersed in his world as he negotiates his own, very particular journey.”

Barry Braithwaite has fallen just about as low as a man can go. He is living in a skip in a grim northern town when a chance encounter with Alfred, a self-confessed ‘over-read, middle-aged, under-achiever’ changes the course of his life. Barry and Alfred’s journey takes them through an amusing labyrinth of officialdom into a new territory of self-discovery for both men. A lighthearted, satirical but penetrative tale about life on the edge of society and the choices open to modern man.

~ “Punctuated with humour, it’s easy to warm, sympathise and, on occasion, empathise with the book’s main characters – all striving to make the best of the hand life has dealt them.”

“A great read which cleverly encapsulates the battles, defeats and victories faced by many throughout their lives.”

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