Thing and Another - a seaside caper
Deptford Forum Publishing 2012
Cover illustration: Fiona Pienkowska – Watching The Girls Go By Design: Jude Keen
English coastal town can sometimes feel like the end of the line, but
despite its grand Victorian buildings almost crumbling into the sea,
Hastings is quirky, bohemian and fun. Even so, post-war baby-boomers Abi,
Rita, Bill and Leo are feeling adrift. As they face up to becoming a certain
age, things are getting tougher. With the credit crunch officially shifting into
recession, the town’s struggling low pay economy begins to bite harder.
Born and bred in Hastings, Abi’s daily care for her aunt Millie goes
unquestioned but, as she says, it’s hardly helping her sex-life. Millie herself
can cope fine, she thinks – as a seaside landlady she had to – but there are
times when things seem hazy and she’s not sure why. Abi’s old schoolmate
Rita is on hand to help out but she’s got her hands full wondering about the
future of her job at Woolworths and keeping an eye on her wayward singleparent
daughter, Gayle. Bill is defiantly lost. A Geordie through and
through, and a seventies socialist throwback, he’s escaped to Hastings,
drawn like a bee by his passion for ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’
the Holy Grail. Slick and snappy dresser, Leo, despite the creditors and
exes on his tail, thinks he’s above it all. But although he’s having to lie low,
this entrepreneurial has-been still has ideas of making a quick killing.
endearing, poignant, comical portrait of everyday dilemmas and
friendship set in a sunny seaside town buffeted by the big waves of the
"One Thing And Another - a seaside caper"
Cover illustration: Fiona Pienkowska –
Watching The Girls Go By Design:
Jude Keen Ltd.
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