July 28, 2017

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew's Last StandMajor Pettigrew’s Last Stand is a creeper.

In creeps up on you in several ways. You get half way through and realise you’re in the middle of a novel that’s really gripping, easy to read, and also tackling some BIG subjects.

The book is about a retired, widowed Major living in a medium sized English village – big enough to have a golf club and ladies who lunch in charge of everything. We spend the best part of a year with the Major as a range of issues in modern day Britain are tackled by the village – from property development to animal rights to race relations and more. But it’s not a heavy story.

The only part of the book I didn’t fully buy into was the Major’s son Roger. Who’s just too horrendous for some of the his story lines to fully come together.

But a very enjoyable read. With some lines that made me laugh out loud!

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