The Six Loves of Billy Binns: the deliciously warm, wise story of a man who wants to fall in love one last time
By Richard Lumsden
If you were looking back over a hundred years of your life, what would you change? A wonderfully quirky, honest and heartfelt debut novel for any reader of ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE or THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY
THE SIX LOVES OF BILLY BINNS is a deeply moving and honest debut set in London against the backdrop of the changing 20th century. it is reading group fiction perfect for those who loved the quirky pathos of Gail Honeyman's ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE and the humour of Rachel Joyce's THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY
I remember my dreams but not where they start.
Further back, I recall some of yesterday and the day before that. Then everything goes into a haze.
Fragments of memories come looming back like red London buses in a pea-souper.
Time plays funny tricks these days.
I wait for the next memory. I wait and I wait.
At 117 years old, Billy Binns is the oldest man in Europe and he knows his time is almost up. But Billy has a final wish: he wants to remember what love feels like one last time. As he looks back at the relationships that have shaped his flawed life - and the events that shaped the century - he recalls a life full of hope, mistakes, heartbreak and, above all, love.
Richard Lumsden has worked as an actor, writer and composer in television, film and theatre for 30 years. As an actor his films include Downhill, Sightseers, Sense & Sensibility and The Darkest Hour, as well as numerous television shows and theatre productions. THE SIX LOVES OF BILLY BINNS is his first novel.
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24 Jan 2019
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The Six Loves of Billy Binns is extraordinary. Funny, heartbreaking, wise and so very uplifting, it's a beautiful story of life, love and redemption. Richard Lumsden is a natural, magical storyteller, weaving joy and pain through the life of a protagonist you can't fail to love. It's a book you read with your heart in your mouth and your breath held. It will stay with me for a long time. I loved it! — Miranda Dickinson
Magical — Sir Tom Courtenay
A book I would like to have beside me as I grow old to remind me of what's important in life and what is not — Jenny Quintana, author of 'The Missing Girl'
This uplifting and powerful debut is beautifully written, full of emotion and will tug at your heartstrings — Sarah J Harris, author of 'The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder'
Funny, heartbreaking, wise and so very uplifting, it's a beautiful story of love and redemption. Richard Lumsden is a magical, natural storyteller, weaving joy and pain through the life of a protagonist you can't fail to love — Miranda Dickinson