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Mr Golightly's Holiday Mr Golightly's Holiday

Salley Vickers
ISBN 9780007156481 (0007156480)
HarperCollins, 2004

Category: Fiction

I read this book at one sitting one evening last week.

I read lots of books and I tend to read quickly, but this was exceptional. Having finished it I now need to read it again because I missed so much. I didn't know that until I'd read the afterword but please do not turn to that first — if you do, you will ruin your experience of the story; leave the afterword where it belongs, after the story.

Now by all accounts this is a story about Mr Golightly's Holiday: Mr Golightly hires a small not so pleasant country cottage on the edge of Dartmoor for a holiday. Many years ago he had written a bestseller and now he is attempting a rewrite to bring it into the current century. However, he keeps spending time with local people and day after day he fails to put finger to keyboard, apart from to download his emails of course (some of the emails which puzzle Mr Golightly may seem somewhat familiar to you).

There are all sorts of fascinating characters in this little village and Mr Golightly befriends many of them, including a young lad called Johnny, who reminds him of the one and only son he lost, and whose death he doesn't seem to have been able to get over. The characters are wonderfully portrayed and you can't help but love them one and all. This is a humourous tale, yet also sad, and as I mentioned earlier there is a wonderful twist which completely changes your outlook on Mr Golightly's Holiday.

Sue Groom, June 2004

The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).

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