Looking for something to read? Five new books explore the experience, opportunities and issues of ageing, each bringing a unique take on the subject.
Richard Smith – Homeward Bound follows a 79-year-old musician who is expected to be in retirement but isn’t ready to close the lid on his dreams, and his 18-year-old granddaughter, who shares his house and the dreams he once had. (Amazon/Waterstones/ebook)
Click on the links for more information and where to buy them online (if your local bookshop is closed and can’t deliver to you). Amazon offers ebooks as well as hard copies. The e-book link is to a Google site. There are other links to the ebooks (like kobo) that need a sign in to a free account.
All the books were part of the Age UK Camden Literary Festival in March 2020.
This post first appeared on richardsmithwrites.com
For those of you who prefer screens to paper, Amazon.co.uk now has Homeward Bound as an ebook https://www.amazon.co.uk/Homeward-Bound-Richard-Smith-ebook/dp/B084G6NXF6/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=homeward+bound&qid=1580811121&s=digital-text&sr=1-4.
And it’ll start to appear on other sites too. But of course, the best place is a bookshop. I always urge people to use the High Street. For me, there’s nothing better than browsing – well, browsing books and records. Not when it comes to clothes and shoes which are high on my list of things to avoid!
Below is a link to an interview I did with the Islington Tribune.
“I’m now going to play some songs from my new album.”
It’s the expression that strikes fear into every concert-goer. We want the hits, the songs we know. Why do they do it? Why do we go?
Why do people go to gigs and then spend half the time talking or at the bar?
Why do musicians spend months recording, using the best facilities, mixing on giant studio speakers, only for people to listen on a squawking Alexa speaker or on ear buds as background noise to the sound of a train?
These and other issues will be my blog for the days leading up to publication of my novel, Homeward Bound, about two people divided by time and music.
When does ambition stop?
How different is a 19 year old from a 79 year old?
Does experience teach us anything?
Tara and her grandfather George are about to find out in my new novel, ‘Homeward Bound’ that is published in January.