These are the fragmented memoirs of an uncharacteristic Englishman who has, by various twists and turns of fate, ended up in an Old People’s Home in a small village in the north of Portugal.
The reader is taken from a cozy village in Northern France to the post-war Rhine Valley, from the leafy lanes of Hertfordshire to the stony uplands of South Yorkshire, from the burning sands of the Sahara to the atmospheric streets and bars of Lisbon and finally from a busy life in Porto to a reflective one overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
In 2003 I was diagnosed with (what was to become a series) of aggressive brain tumours. The theme of the book is memory; indeed its inception grew out of «memory-retrieval therapy».
Couched in at time darkly humorous, irreverent or ironic language, it is the exploration of my struggle to overcome my physical and psychological handicaps in the culturally alien environment that I find myself in.
Finally there is another (implied) message which I wish to share in solidarity with my fellow tumour-victims: and that is
HOPE – don’t give up!
The Waiting Room is available on The Book Locker (click the image below): You can also see a FREE excerpt in pdf from this page.