Troubador A Book at Bedtime

Released: 28/06/2021

ISBN: 9781800460812

eISBN: 9781800468221

Format: Paperback/eBook

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A Book at Bedtime


On a cold December Sunday, book-seller Jack Carter struggles through the ritual of making breakfast for his wife Eva, whose dementia confines her body to her bed and her mind to a world of its own. Jack is an old man failing to cope with the modern world. He wages a constant battle with Margaret, Eva’s carer, and tries to fend off Dodie, Eva’s bossy best friend, who has decided that Jack too is losing his marbles and the time has come for the two of them to go into a home. 

Jack’s wandering mind makes frequent journeys to the past. Among the ghosts he conjures are his sexually repressed, religiously obsessed mother, and his friend and mentor, Bob Pride, whose own past is closely linked with Oscar Wilde. The gaps in Jack’s memories and day-dreams are filled by Eva, and gradually their story unfolds. It’s the love story of a couple married for nearly sixty years whose complete failure to communicate is hidden behind an apparently shared love of books. 

But there is also The Great Man, a famous local writer who chooses this day to come and call. Comical and acerbic, he pushes Jack to confront the past, until the truth finally emerges.

A Book at Bedtime is published on July 28th 2021

I really enjoyed this book, parts of it were heartbreaking but for the most parts it was really funny. It was well written with good characters and a good plot. I would definitely recommend.

Original review:

by NetGalley review

A novel that makes you stop and think about life.

Firstly, a big thank you to Matador (Troubador Publishing), for allowing me access to read and review this book. A Book At Bedtime will be released 28th July 2021.

We begin with memories that do not yet mean much. It appears to be a simple story of a husband and his wife and their journey through life, but, we are faced with many dense events that can bring emotion to the reader and an in-depth level of character development that makes you feel as if they are your relatives. There are moments of cheeky humour that hold this story together well.

An overall pleasant read that exposes some to a completely different generation.

Original review:

by NetGalley review

Barrie Shore

Barrie Shore spent her early career as an actor in theatre, radio and television, and was a presenter for the BBC World Service for over twenty five years. She came to writing in the 1980s, first for radio including an original drama on BBC Radio 4, and then for television, joining the script teams of Emmerdale (1986-89) and EastEnders (1989-2001). Her retelling of the Passion of Christ has been performed as street theatre by her local community every other Easter forever twenty years.

Barrie began writing A Book at Bedtime while studying for a masters degree in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. In the year she graduated, 2011, she was also diagnosed with macular degeneration. Her eyesight has deteriorated significantly in the last couple of years and she is no longer able to read. But she looks forward to mastering new technology so that she can continue to write.

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