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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse UK (5 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438982542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438982540
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,972,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Ayres lives in Staffordshire.He worked in Further Education for 30 years before he took early retirement and began writing.

His first novel, 'Waterloo Sunset' was published in 2009, and has received excellent reviews. It is a story of six former friends, reunited after 40 years, who embark on an extended pub-crawl through central London. Their reunion is brought to an abrupt end by a series of violent incidents which threaten the hopes they had of reconnecting with the past and each other.
The author explores the themes of friendship,ageing, the changes in English society over the past half century, and the alienation of the baby-boomer generation from a world which acknowledges no debt to the time of their youth.

Richard Ayres's second novel, 'A Pennine Incident', was published in July 2011. It is a tense portrayal of a mystery in Martin's past and its effect on his life and relationships - chiefly between him and his wife Jennifer, and another couple, Stephen and Jacqui. The main themes explored in the novel are the impact of a single traumatic event on the life of an individual, the fragility of friendship, the effects of ageing and changes in personality on relationships, and the impact of class origin and upbringing on later life, all played out in the seeming tranquility of the Yorkshire Dales.

His third novel, 'The Further Education of Mike Carter' was published in February 2012. It is set in the year 2001 and is a satire on life in a mythical Further Education College in the English midlands. It portrays the clash of cultures in a college 8 years after semi-privatisation, where the older members of staff still cling to the public-service ethos (and some to a hedonistic lifestyle) and are fighting a rearguard action against the New Men and Women who are committed to the brave new world of cost-cutting and competition. But the politics of the workplace are muddied by events in the personal lives of the protagonists, and when sexual tension is added to the mix, the outcome is unpredictable.

His fourth novel, 'Letters and Secrets' is due for publication in August 2013.

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About the Author

Richard Ayres lives in Staffordshire. His career was spent working in Further Education before he took early retirement and began writing.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin L., Brayne on 26 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
I was gripped by this from start to finish. To call it 'pacy' would mislead - it describes after all a pub crawl interrupted by passages of personal reflection and introspection as the protagonists, university friends from the 'sixties, now themselves in their 'sixties, wind their progressively more drunken way about central London. The fluency and intelligence of the writing and the depth and wit of the cultural allusion nevertheless keep the pages turning and the reader is quickly immersed in this 'day in the life' tale of ageing and disillusion.
Comparisons will be made - with the pub crawl in 'Under the Net', with McEwan and the Amises ( 'The Old Devils' in 'London Fields'?) and such exalted company seems entirely appropriate.
Martin
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Trevor Raistrick on 20 July 2009
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The fears of every thinking sixty year old ring true in this anatomy of a pub crawl by a group of meopausal males (and one female)forty years on from their graduation.Reading "Waterloo Sunset" is like peeling the layers off an onion or removing the many different coloured (psychedelic) wrappings in a game of pass the narrative parcel. The author skilfully staggers the introduction and discovery of each character, preparing us with a piano roll of expectation. But as with the disappointing reality of the celebration and the discovery of the truth behind the remembered event, we realise that each god is endowed with a capacity for self delusion as well as feet of clay.
As events and truths unfold, the languid pace eventually springs to life.
Richard Ayres prods you, pokes you and at times gets under your skin with opinions, reminiscences and attitudes you never knew you had or memories you had conveniently forgotten. The book touches on events in the latter half of the twentieth century with an insights that are common to us all but expressed with a clarity we sometimes miss. It is through the eyes of the older reader who like the book's characters feels almost invisible and unheard in the fast, brash, uncultured society we now inhabit
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. V. Terry on 6 July 2009
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I have to confess that I once lived in the sixties. Since I share the vices of one of the characters ("pedantry and sentimentality") I enjoyed both the sentimental journey into my own past and the accuracy of the historical detail. However, the action of the novel is set in the present, a very different country, where the characters have to deal not only with the problems of middle age but with the consequences of past deeds. Be sure your sins will find you out!

Waterloo Sunset
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Sept. 2009
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Read it at (almost) one sitting - just a reluctant break to eat. These are real characters living in a world that is no longer theirs: the common fate of all those who live to grow old. The feeling of being a stranger in a strange land is absolutely true to life. My decade was the 70s, but it wasn't so very different from the 60s, and the loss is the same. If the book has a fault, it's that Alan and Eric are not sufficiently clearly drawn (sometimes I wasn't sure which one I was with). Highly recommended.
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