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George is a recently widowed seventy-nine-year-old. He nearly made it as a rock star in the 1960s and he’s not happy. Tara is his teenage granddaughter and she’s taken refuge from her bickering parents by living with George. Toby is George’s son-in-law and he wants George in a care home.

George has two secrets. 1) He’s never revealed why his music career stalled. And 2) No
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Matador
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Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“’Do I have to stop loving music because I’m old and decrepit? I didn’t stop loving music when the sixties ended. The decade, or mine. Nothing’s new. Things get changed, sometimes improved.’ He paused before adding ruefully, ‘But not often.’ He sighed.”

Homeward Bound is the first novel by British author, Richard Smith. Newly widowed at seventy-nine, George Turnbull represents a problem for his son-in-law, Toby Waller. The solution is, of course to sell George’s London house and put him in a care
Thank you to @rachelsrandomresources for inviting me on this tour and @richardsmith for sending me a beautiful #gifted copy of your book.
This is a delightful story of two people from two different era’s but who both share a passion for music.
Grandad George is such a wonderful character who you can’t help but fall in love with, set in his ways and stubborn but so so passionate.
Tara is an 18 year old, just beginning to find her independence and love for music and moves in with Grandad to help h
Jeannine  Healy
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story centres about 79 year old George Turnbull, who we meet as he is being brought around (reluctantly...) an old folks home by his daughter and son in law. After just having lost his wife suddenly and lamenting a lost career in music, this is the last place he wants to be.

George and his granddaughter Tara strike a deal, he doesn't want to live with his awful son in law and Tara needs a place to stay in London, so Tara moves in to her grandfather's house, doddery old dog and all.

The relatio
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Old meets young in this delightful story which looks, with a rather wistful eye, on all those idiosyncrasies which comes with great age. Seventy-nine year old, George is recently widowed and misses his wife so much that he can't imagine how he will manage without her, and to be honest, neither does his daughter and son-in-law who seem determined to encourage George to go into the, horrendously named, Last Days care home. However, Last Days is devoid of any sort of joie de vivre so George prefers ...more
Richard Smith
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can best repeat what feedback I've had from online reviewer 'Little Miss Booklover':

I am so thankful for the opportunity to read and review this one. This has been a fun and interesting read which I have found difficult to put down.

Music is intertwined throughout this story of family, love, hopes and dreams. Smith has really managed to bring the characters in this one to life. I’ve found them likeable and realistic throughout.

This is so well written that I have devoured this book in just one s
R Mackinney
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun interesting warmly written book really enjoyed it and love the fact that there is also a Spotify playlist of all the music references available on the authors website
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Paul Simon song Homeward Bound is a well known song of yearning, memory and the impulse to return to the past from the present. Like the song, this novel is an intelligent and loving evocation of the dilemmas of life at many stages, especially where memory and the joy of music come together. George is an irresistible combination of an older man who refuses to accept any limitations and a person driven by music. Tara is a thoughtful teenager who has a lot of sympathy with her grandfather, and ...more
Linda Hill
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tara and George are unlikely housemates.

In the interests of complete honesty, I have to admit my review of Homeward Bound might be coloured slightly by the fact that my much missed Dad was called George and could always be heard singing or whistling, so that I might be predisposed to view the narrative favourably, but I so enjoyed this story. Richard Smith writes with such passion about music without it ever feeling contrived so that George’s record collection and love of music not only drives t
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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CW: domestic abuse
Homeward Bound was the sometimes sweet, sometimes heart wrenching, often both story of an aging musician and his family as they all try to make peace with his aging, his love for music after all these years, and all the messy aspects of family. The pacing was at times a bit slow and it wasn't necessarily what I would usually read, but the struggles of taking care of aging family members is relatable enough to anyone that despite that, I enjoyed this.

From the blurb, I thought
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a story about the timelessness of music. It's a bittersweet story about the inevitability of old age and the importance of choices. Most of all, this is the story of George: nearly eighty, newly widowed, and worried his best days are far behind him with nothing to show for his grand dreams but a room full of vinyl records. When granddaughter Tara moves to London for uni, George invites her to live with him. Their shared love of music - albeit from very different generations - draws them ...more
Claire (c.isfor.claire_reads)
I throughly enjoyed this poignant but entertaining book. It was well paced and kept my interest throughout.
The book is peppered with musical references and the author's love of music shines through the pages. A love of music is a central theme of the book highlighting how this can be perceived in different ways, but ultimately how music is timeless, bridging generations and bringing people together.

The storyline is powerful in highlighting generational differences. How the older generation batt
Em read_em_andweep
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a lovely book! I loved the playlist that came with it too.

I was completely invested in George's story and his life, and wanted to protect him in the early stages of the story and cheered for him later on. There were lots of heart warming moments and even tears too!
I enjoyed the realistic depiction of family relationships, the characters I was supposed to love I adored - and the awful ones I despised which is always a sign of a good book and fantastic writing.

It was a heartwarming but often
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
George is nearly 80, his daughter wants him to move to an old folks home, but he believes he's too young, he can cope, and he has his music. He has been a musician all his life, but never made it to the big time. A solution is reached whereby his granddaughter Tara moves in with him while she is at university.

Thus the stage is set for a lovely tale of family, generational differences, deceit, and lots and lots of music. The ending is perhaps a little trite, but it is a lovely story, which sweep
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got this book as a gift and found it really enjoyable and hard to put down. It's a story of music, relationships, dreams and realities.
The author managed to bring the characters to life in a way that had me totally invested - I was really annoyed by one character's actions, which to me is a sign of a well-written book.
I really enjoyed the musical references too; some I recognised from my parent's era, some were current that I knew and some I looked up on the book’s Spotify (available from auth
Kerry-louise Jones
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a truly lovely story about family, old age and never giving up on your dreams. I really enjoyed the interactions between George and his Granddaughter, Tara, but felt that this was more of a story on the whole family rather than the pair of them as the blurb describes. That being said I enjoyed the whole family, all characters were well written and I loved that they were a realistic portrayal rather than a romanticised perfect family who could do no wrong. The only character flaw I found ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Homeward Bound” is a funny, feel-good read that I’d highly recommend. With music intertwined throughout, this is a story of family, love, hope and dreams and finding your purpose a different points in your life. 5 stars!

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Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
You will very quickly fall in love with Gramps and you'll be furious for him most of the book. This was a solid read with great characters who'll make you feeling something. Be it love, anger, or loyalty.

Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I found out the author was a 70 year old man trying his hand at writing his first novel...sold. What a treat. Well done sir! Successful pull on the heartstrings and fantastic ending.
Felicity Terry
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Coerced into visiting a succession of homes for the elderly (waiting rooms for the dying as George thinks of them) on the pretence of a family outing, what will happen when, neither of them exactly house trained; the dishwasher something of a mystery to them both, George tidy, Tara, hmm, not so tidy, Tara's boyfriend Mark's music unlike any music George had heard (he imagines 'inmates of Guantanamo Bay facing similar barrages of torturous noise), its agreed that Tara will move in with her grandf ...more
Karen Kingston
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Matador Books for a copy of this book - my thoughts about the book are my own.

Having read the blurb on the back of the book, I was keen to find out more. This is the third book I've read this year with an elderly protagonist (main character) - the other books being Saving Missy and Away with the Penguins.

The story looks at George and his family after the recent loss of his wife. His son-in-law, the obnoxious Toby, is desperate to put his father-in-law into a retirement home. George
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Our story begins with what seems like a usual occurrence, a family searching for the right retirement home for their loved one who is becoming a bit forgetful. But then we are introduced to Toby and the balance shifts. On one side is George who we quickly fall in love with. Yes, he can be a tad cantankerous but throughout, his heart is true to his two loves, his late wife Evelyn and music. On the other side is Toby, George's son-in-law and in my humble opinion a vile toad.

When George invites Ta
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