Staying On

Author(s): C. M. Taylor


Tony Metcalfe, Yorkshireman and retired expat, is going through a three-quarter life crisis. Viva Espagñe - his bar at the heart of a small mountain village beyond the Costa Blanca - is failing. He wanted it to be a home away from home for British expats to enjoy some well-deserved rest under the Spanish sun. But now Brexit has the pound falling, pensions are frozen and the property crash hasn't done them any favours. Tony loves his wife, Laney, and can't bear to tell her of Viva's problems. He secretly wishes he could sell the place and move back to his childhood home, but Laney would never go for it and England dredges up unresolved issues in their marriage. Besides, nobody would buy a struggling business during a recession. Tony's only chance is to turn his bar to profit, which looks impossible until his son, Nick, arrives for a surprise visit with his wife, Jo, and their son in tow. With the extra help, Tony has faith that things are on the up, but Jo has brought along more baggage than just their family's suitcases. Painful revelations threaten to break apart a family already on the brink of collapse. With the overarching theme of what it is to find home - wherever you are - Staying On is a tragi-comic geriatric coming-of-age story and a deep, loving portrait of the English working class.


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  • : 9780715653371
  • : Duckworth
  • : Duckworth
  • : October 2018
  • : --- length: - '8.504' width: - '5.315' units: - Inches
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  • : Paperback
  • : 304