The Marmalade Diaries: The True Story of an Odd Couple (Hardback)Ben Aitken (author)
The author of The Gran Tour delivers a wistful, witty and heartwarming story of intergenerational friendship as lockdown forces Aitken into an unlikely companionship with the formidable widow Winnie, fifty years the author's senior.
Recently widowed, Winnie, 84, was in need of some companionship. Someone to help with the weekly food shop and offer tips on the crossword. Ben, 34, was looking for a new housemate.
As the UK was locked down in 2020, Ben and Winnie's lives interwove, forming an unlikely friendship, where lessons were learnt (heat the red wine in the oven with the plates; preserve or pickle whatever you can; never throw anything away) and grief, both personal and that of a nation, was explored.
Charting both their time together, and the details of Winnie's life that are shared with Ben in fragments, The Marmalade Diaries, from the author of The Gran Tour, is a very human exploration of home, of the passage time, of the growing relationship between an odd couple, told with warmth, wit and candour.
Publisher: Icon Books
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 453 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 32 mm
Displays a keen eye for the humour of everyday life ... underneath it all is the wonderful story of two people born half a century apart, learning lessons from each other. * Daily Mail *
Warm, funny and perceptive -- Jane Shilling * Daily Mail *
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