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Thin air

By: Gee, Sue.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London Review 2002Description: 279 p.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0747274940.Subject(s): Summers, Rowena, 1932- Family saga -- Fiction | Widowers -- Fiction | Country life -- Fiction | Retirees -- Fiction | London (England) -- FictionGenre/Form: Humorous fiction.Summary: In London, William Harriman, a retired civil servant contemplates widowhood, estrangement from his children and the collection of antique china. In Shropshire, his lunatic trio of cousins eke out a precarious existence with numberless rescued dogs. The young Janice Harper, dog-walker, shopper-for-the-old and vegan cake-maker, is sent by them to lodge with cousin William and get a life at last. Meanwhile, floods, pestilence and disease are unleashed upon a reeling countryside.
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William Harriman, a retired civil servant, is a cultivated and kindly person in his late seventies, who has lost two people most dear to him: his wife, Eve, now dead, and his son, Matthew, who is mentally unstable following an earlier breakdown. Even his relationship with his daughter Claire is not a good one. William's one joy in life is running an antique stall with Buffy Henderson, an old friend of Eve's. His other relations, however, are very different. They inhabit the Dog Museum in Shropshire - a decaying family home in whose grounds they house vast numbers of stray dogs and dog memorabilia. Linking these two worlds - the one urbane, settled, shot with loneliness, the other distinctly cracked - is Janice Harper who, restless with country life and walking dogs for the Harrimans, comes to London for some excitement...

In London, William Harriman, a retired civil servant contemplates widowhood, estrangement from his children and the collection of antique china. In Shropshire, his lunatic trio of cousins eke out a precarious existence with numberless rescued dogs. The young Janice Harper, dog-walker, shopper-for-the-old and vegan cake-maker, is sent by them to lodge with cousin William and get a life at last. Meanwhile, floods, pestilence and disease are unleashed upon a reeling countryside.

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