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Preview — Going Gently by David Nobbs
Going gently is something Kate Thomas has never been good at. On the eve of her 100th birthday, she reviews her turbulent life from her hospital bed. This is not just an escape from the mad, bad and sad characters around her, but also a search for the truth – about life, death, and which of her...more
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The main character is lying in a hospital bed, paralysed and awaiting her inevitable death. Unbeknown to her visitors and the hospital staff, she is totally aware of everything that is going on around her, and relates all of that to her long, and eventful, life.
You can read the synopsis for more of what has actually occurred in her life, without giving too much away.
David Nobbs is a very funny man. You can read some of his othe ...more
Kate isn’t a particularly likeable character, but I don’t have a problem with that -- it’s quite possible to enjoy reading about obnoxious people! The trouble was that all the characters see ...more
It made me look at elderly people with a curiosity about what tales they could tell if I only had the courage to ask. Highly recommended.
Dying in a hospital bed, Kate, now aged and wrinkled is trapped inside her own mind. As she reflects on her life and past loves, she uses the last of her willpower to retrace her life and discover which one of her children killed her husband.
Sentimental and comic, the poignant tale is written in first person through Kate's perception of e ...more