This is a wonderful wonderful piece of writing. It is a rare teat to come upon an author who can capture the characters in his book and deliver them to his reader in such an honest and open way.
I came upon Andrew Blackman by chance when I read his great review on the recently published "Beside the Sea" by Veronique Olmi...another fabulous book. It was on the strength of that review and seeing his own novel on LibraryThing, that led me to order "On the Holloway Road" from my local library. Am I glad I did?
Not everyone is lucky enough to meet a character like Neil Blake who wants to live life to the full. Yes, he does so at the expense of others and is annoying in the extreme. Doesn't that make you in awe of him though? Isn't your life less complete without him?
It made me cry too and left me feeling totally bereft....just as it should have done.