Reminiscent of Garrison Keiller's Lake Wobegon Days, Ian Sansom's Ring Road is a warm, humane, and sharply observed tale of small town life.
Big Davey Jones is coming home. He's been gone almost 20 years now, but nobody's forgotten him. Davey's a local hero, his miracle birth as the seventh son of a seventh son brought fame to this little town and they've been grateful ever since. But Davey's home town has changed much in the intervening years. The traditional family business like Billy Finlay's Auto-Supplies and Calton's Bakery and Tea Rooms have been replaced with 'Exciting New Housing Developments!' and even a nightclub called 'Paradise Lost'.
The locals haven't changed much though. Bob Savory who always had it in him, has made a million with his company Sandwich Classics, and he's branching out now, with an Irish themed restaurant on the ring road. Francie McGinn, the divorced minister at The People's Fellowship, is still trying to convert the town through his Fish-and-Chip Biblical Quiz Nights and his Good Friday Carvery & Gospel Night. And Sammy, the town's best plumber, is depressed as ever and looking for solace at the bottom of the whisky bottle.
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Praise for The Truth About Babies by Ian Sansom:
‘A sensitive and unique meditation which is as much about the transformation wrought upon his own life as about his baby’
‘A true and beautiful book … Every new parent should have a copy for their journey through that first year'
‘Funny, brave, touching and true: the exhaustion, shock and queasy compromise of new parenthood are evoked by Sansom with terrifying honesty — but all parents everywhere will recognise that it's really a book about love’.
‘For those who have waded through shelves of works by psychologists and pediatricians and would like a profoundly funny and wise book on the subject, The Truth About Babies is one of the most interesting and literate meditations available.’
The Los Angeles Times
Ian Sansom reviews regularly for the Guardian and the London Review of Books. His first book, The Truth About Babies, was published by Granta in 2002.
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Book Description 4th Estate Pub., London, 2004. Hard Cover in Dust Jacket. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 2004 Later Printing. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 x 1-1/2 ". 2004 Hardcover in DJ , later printing . BRAND NEW from 2004 publisher . Never opened, Never owned, Never marked . Jacket protected in New non-stick clear mylar sleeve . Excellent Gift Giving quality . Big Davey Quinn is coming home . He's been gone almost twenty years, but nobody's forgotten him . Davey is a local hero, the seventh son of a seventh son . He brought fame to his home town and they've been grateful ever since . But in the intervening years Davey's home town has changed . The traditional family businesses like Duncan McGregor's Gentleman's Outfitters, and Priscilla's Ladies' Separates and Luxury Hair Styling, and the Frosty ice-cream parlour, have all closed down and been replaced with charity shops and 'Exciting New Housing Develpoments!' and even a nightclub called Paradise Lost . The locals haven't changed much though . Bob Savory, who always had it in him, has made a million with his company Old Fashioned Foods (Cooked the Traditional Way), and he's branching out with an Irish-themed restaurant on the ring road . Francie McGinn, the divorced minister at the Poeple's Fellowship, is still trying to convert the town through his Fish-and-Chip Biblical Quiz Nights, and his ex-wife Cherith, who has had problems of her own, is now happily in a relationship with a depresed plumber . Ian Sansom charts all their lives, and the lives of many others, in his own wry and loving portrait of small town life . " Ring Road : There's no place like home " . by Ian Sansom. published by 4th Estate, London 2004 . Hardcover book in Dustjacket *** Securely packed for Safe delivery ~ Shipping safely Worldwide, since 1965 *** 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 x 1-1/2 ". Bookseller Inventory # 6088
Book Description Fourth Estate, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007156537