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My writing takes a humorous look at quirky characters struggling to make something of their lives

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Mid-life follies


‘When you look in the mirror, do you see someone young and vibrant like you used to be,’ Liz asks her husband, ‘or old and decrepit like you’re going to be?’

This question is the trigger for Liz’s decision to leave the comfortable family home in Cambridge after twenty-three years of contented marriage.

A brisk walk to clear her head of the feeling of being trapped doesn’t work. On a brief escape to the seaside, a wholly out of character one-night fling makes things worse. A baffled Hugh is left to figure out why his wife has abandoned him. Is she suffering a mid-life crisis? Is he experiencing the same affliction?

 

A succession of twists and turns prevents a restoration to the normality that the couple increasingly crave as their children, parents and friends discover that immaturity is not solely the preserve of the young. 

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Jack & Jill went Downhill 

ISBN-13: 978-1786970954

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack and Jill meet on Freshers Big Party Night at university and for both of them it’s love at first sight. Despite their backgrounds, personalities and interests being poles apart, the relationship flourishes during their university years. It’s not quite as comfortable when their studies are over and they start work, Jack in the City and Jill as a teacher.

 

Way back when they first met, they’d shared the joke that their names were those of the nursery rhyme. Down the line, they fail to recognise that their lives are matching the plot – Jack falls down and Jill comes tumbling after.

 

Their relationship is on the rocks. Can it survive?

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The Engagement Party

ISBN-9781781765814

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This engagement party threatens to be extremely uncomfortable, in fact quite possibly a disaster.  Wayne and Clarissa are a young London couple whose immediate families are about to meet for the first time.  Trying to create harmony amongst mums and dads from very different backgrounds and social classes is hard enough but in this case there are eight parents, step-parents and partners to cope with.

 

Anyone who has struggled to make something of a broken family and has felt guilty about the impact on their children will recognise such feelings in this novel.  And adult children who read it will appreciate that however bad things were in their own family, it could have been a lot worse!

 

A Street Cafe Named Desire

ISBN-9781783752577

When David meets Bridget at a school reunion, he unexpectedly finds himself falling for her. With problems at work and a failing marriage, David feels he’s going nowhere, and mysterious, enigmatic Bridget draws him out of his shell. He’s overjoyed when, against all odds, she returns his interest -but what is it in her past that makes her reluctant to reveal her true feelings?

 

As their relationship progresses, David starts to think he may realise his dreams – but will he get everything he’s ever wanted, or is it all too good to be true?

 

    © 2013 R J Gould