Keeping Mum (Hardback)James Gould-Bourn (author)
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Touching, funny and bursting with heart, Gould-Bourne’s luminous debut features a hapless yet endearing father desperate to reconnect with his son following his mother’s death. Told with immense charm and compassion, Keeping Mum is the perfect feelgood read.
CHOSEN FOR DAILY MAIL'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2020
'Touching and often hilarious... A truly joyful read'
Press & Journal
Danny Malooley's life is falling apart.
He's a single parent with an eleven-year-old son, Will, who hasn't spoken since the death of his mother in a car crash fourteen months ago. He's being pursued by a dodgy landlord for unpaid rent and he's just lost his job. Struggling to find work, and desperate for money, Danny decides to do what anyone in his position would do.
He becomes a dancing panda.
After seeing street performers in his local park raking it in, he spends his last fiver on a costume... but the humiliation is worth it when Will finally speaks to him for the first time since his mother's death. The problem is Will doesn't know that the panda is in fact his father, and Danny doesn't want to reveal his true identity in case Will stops talking again.
But Danny can't keep up the ruse forever...
Woman & Home
A surprising, laugh-out-loud and uplifting story of a father and son reconnecting in the most unlikely of circumstances. For fans of Nick Hornby, Mike Gayle and Jojo Moyes.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 36 mm
This hits that sweet spot between being properly funny and gut-punchingly emotional * Sun *
An uplifting tale about a dad reconnecting with his son * Woman's Weekly *
Moving effortlessly from comedy to poignancy . . . Reading it made me want to dance. An absolute gem of a book * Katie Marsh *
Touching and funny * Bella *
A delightful story about fatherhood and childhood * Owen King *
An uplifting and moving tale * Woman's Own *
Funny, touching and surprising * Choice Magazine *
If you want feel-good with a distinctive, funny, supporting cast, then this is the book for you * Irish Daily Mail *
Uplifting * Woman & Home *
Touching and often hilarious... A truly joyful read * Press & Journal *
I couldn't resist this delightful, feel-good novel * Daily Mail *
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