- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2555 KB
- Print Length: 194 pages
- Publisher: A R Lowe (7 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0096UF83O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #345,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"We walked down the street laughing. It was the first time I had seen Barry laugh and he did so like a naughty child. I couldn't help noticing his teeth, and the fact that he seemed to have all the normally visible one. I was pleased for him, but felt like a horse vet."
"So Father Ralf was another unbeliever in Barry's return to a sober, useful life? Only the powers above could save him from earthly; and celestial, no doubt, damnation? I would show them! But no, it was Barry who was going to show them, and I was to merely move a string or two from above the stage; a black clad puppeteer making barely perceptible finger movements that even he would scarcely notice."
At times the story is of a desperate, last-ditch attempt of one human being trying to save another. At other times during their mission the two alcoholics interact with other believable characters, as they pick a course between state and charity organisations on the road to redemption. The rare set of human qualities that Alfred possesses enables him to not only see the chances of saving Barry right from the outset, when others had given up on him, but also to give Barry the care and space for him to help himself ... the finer points of which the state system of dealing with drop outs from society, would completely miss.
The choice of subject matter and the in-depth understanding of the way alcoholics behave, gives the reader a reassuring feeling that the author knows what he is writing about.Read more ›
Although it is about a man trying to come up from the lower-echelons, its message is applicable to many: switch off you TV set and use your brain and your body instead. The only criticism I have is that it's a mite shorter than I would have liked, but it does finish at a logical point and there is very little 'padding' to the story. One of my better reads this year and the best fiction set in Lancashire for quite a while, thus the five stars.
I loved Stan. Talk abourt a rough diamond. This Book held me and taught me a lot, wish more people were as kind and warm hearted as Alf(red) and Stan.
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.
This inspiring tale of a middle aged man reaching out to help a down and out alcoholic is very touching indeed. It is a well written story that lets us see the different philosophies and motivations leading people to reach out to, or reject, others. It is a 'feel good' book which also provokes some deep thought about our place in this world. Well worth reading and there will hopefully be a sequel too.
A well written book, the reader is drawn into the characters' quirky lives and I found myself thinking about Alfred and Barry between reads. There are moments in the story which made me laugh out loud and there is a gut-wrenching moment towards the end of the book when we are not sure what will happen next. All the way through I was gunning for Barry and hoping that Alfred would not be disappointed in his quest to rescue him.
This is a book I would heartily recommend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the concept. A completely different kind of book, very believable , great characterisation. a modern day DickensPublished on 30 July 2014 by J. R. Saunders
A most unlikely tale. Quite boring - I kept falling asleep and could not agree with the chosen method of obtaining sobriety.Published on 29 July 2014 by Robinsontar
Reminiscent of a life backwards, this differs by recognising the difference between having a well meaning (and again I challenge the premise of an overly paid , maybe 6 years... Read morePublished on 5 April 2014 by Duckster1
Having a friend who is a recovering alcoholic,this story rings a lot of bells.The sleeping rough part was not as pronounced as in the story but all the other sections were. Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2014 by robbie
this is a slice of life read made me feel good inside couldnt put it down i would recommend it as a must read for allPublished on 4 Feb. 2014 by chris
This life-affirming, gritty, sometimes heart-wrenching story, follows the shaky journey of Barry Braithwaite as he battles his demons following his spiralling descent into... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2013 by Jenny
The book is about the developing friendship between the protagonist, Alfred, and an alcoholic by the name of Barry. Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2013 by Benignus
I bought this book purely because the writer is from Burnley,my home town. This is a pleasant sympathetic book and though no masterpiece makes for a pleasant readPublished on 22 Jun. 2013 by shirley degani
I don't usually do heart warming, but this book is a great read that manages to steer clear of being tacky or preachy. Easy and yet insightful reading. Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2013 by AnnaA