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Soon his house is filled with unwelcome guests who (mostly) have motives other than paternal affection and a desire to give him
12 February 2016
This book could well be re-titled A New Comedy Of Errors.
William, eighty years old and living in a crumbling pile, wants nothing more than to spend Christmas alone with his anti-social cat, Scratch, but his loving family have other ideas. Soon his house is filled with unwelcome guests who (mostly) have motives other than paternal affection and a desire to give him a Happy Christmas. His son and daughter-in-law want to pack him off to a nursing home and appropriate his house. His daughter and-son-in law ditto. They each try to blacken the characters of their rivals. Add in two children, both unappealing, their nannies, one sluttish and the other a "good girl", a widowed daughter-in-law and two eligible males (plus a distinctly ineligible one) and you have a wonderfully toxic brew. Oh, mustn't forget the dowager aged aunt.
The consequent Errors and misunderstandings are legion.
Some might think this book cosy, and to some extent it is. But much more importantly, it is funny, charming and essentially heart warming, even though it examines at fairly close quarters the grubby underside of human nature. And in the end, do the nasty have their come-uppances and the nice their just rewards? Well ... I warmly recommend that you read it and find out. A good honest enjoyable read.