Harold Cummings has led a good life – honest, cautious prudent. Now retired, financially secure and terminally bored, he asks himself – where are my rewards? When his wife Millie is called away from home for a few days Harold slowly begins to unravel. Starting with small incidents of risky and uncharacteristic behaviour, he quickly spirals into a no-holds-barred encounter with the seamy underworld of the city. Harold careens shockingly and comically into a world without handrails, one that he finds terrifying but strangely compelling. As he is drawn into the ambit of a young hooker and her child, drug dealers and a violent pimp, Harold is forced to confront his demons head on, and to find the means to reverse his slide into self-destruction, and to find grace in the choices he has made.
‘What an extraordinary novel! Steven Boykey Sidley… is rightly compared to Philip Roth. Like his American elder, he excels at staging an antihero struggling with existential questions about married life, sexuality, social success, parenthood, inequality, and relationship to religion.’ www.lexpress.fr
‘It is smart, deft, funny, vigorous and intellectually provocative. A compelling tale populated with vivid characters and sharp dialogue, this book is highly recommended.’ – Rian Malan, author of My Traitor’s Heart
‘A story to be celebrated for its philosophical courage and its affirmation of what matters most. Moving, authentic and acutely imagined.’ – Elaine Proctor, author of The Love Factory (Quercus)