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Channels the rough music of everyday life with a tragicomic subtlety, a pin-sharp ear for dialogue and a flair for every nuance of character and class. Louise Dean's fearless, frank and darkly comic novels have brought a fresh colour and character to English fiction (Boyd Tonkin Independent )
Dark, scurrilous and richly comic. There is so much to treasure in this terrific book, but its deepest joy is the sharp, perceptive writing (Financial Times )
Dean is able to demonstrate her unobtrusive skill as the creator of comic set-pieces...painfully funny (The Sunday Times )
Very appealing...so vivid are the quintessentially British characters and the snappy, well-observed dialogue. Delightful, eccentric (Observer )
Dean's observations have a lyrical intensity few can match (Guardian )
A warm-hearted comedy of bad manners (Daily Mail )
Dean writes with beautifully controlled clarity about family ties, social class, the generation gap and the vanished England of the past. She's extremely funny, but also humane and moving (The Times )
Sharply observed (Psychologies )
Compassionate and amusing (The Times Literary Supplement )
Louise Dean is the author of three previous novels: Becoming Strangers, which was awarded the Betty Trask Prize in 2004 and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award, This Human Season and The Idea of Love. She lives in Kent and has three children.
Turned out to be ex-library copy which I would not have bought if it had stated so in listing.Published 4 months ago by J H Bass
Hugely enjoyable, often very funny, despite it's disreputable main protangonist, Ken Goodhew, who has lately conceived a crush on the lady funeral director at their local funeral... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eileen Shaw
Louise Dean is clearly talented. The Old Romantic is a darkly comic tale of life, death, family and relationships. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2011 by Drambuster
It is Christmas, and Nick Goodyew has not seen his father, Ken, in fifteen years, or Pearl, his mother, in twenty. Read morePublished on 29 May 2011 by Mary Whipple
I loved this Book ...
Very original story,with great characters.
Set in Hastings a coastal town I often visit, which is perhaps why I bought it. Read more
I have never read this author before, but I was very impressed, and will definitely look out for more books written by her. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2010 by Pen pal
I ordered this book on the recommendation from the Mail and was drawn to it mainly becuase it is set in my hometown. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2010 by MelHales
So many five star reviews say it all. There is very little I can add except to say that it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2010 by Alice in Wonderland