This fictionalised memoir is based on some true stories and revolves around the survival of a high street hardware store.
Initially sceptical I was soon drawn into the battles that the owners, staff and `The Accountant' go through to ensure that the shop does not go under.
There are multiple layers to this book and it reflects so many aspects of our changing society, especially the greed and short-sightedness of banks and local councils.
Graham's writing is superb and his characterisations of the people are intimate and amusing at the same time. One of my favourite chapters involved the owner and apprentice's unusual trip to the seaside and the play on words around the gnomes they discovered.
An intriguing and fascinating book which you cannot fail to enjoy.