Mr Lynch's Holiday

Mr Lynch's Holiday

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Welcome to Lomaverde - a new Spanish utopia for those seeking their place in the sun. Now a ghost town where feral cats outnumber the handful of anxious residents. A place of empty pools, long afternoons and unrelenting sunshine.

Here, widowed Midlands bus driver Dermot Lynch turns up one bright morning. He's come to visit his son Eammon and his girlfriend, Laura. Except Eammon never opened Dermot's letter announcing his trip. Just like he can't quite get out of bed, or fix anything, or admit Laura has left him.

Though neither father nor son knows quite what to make of the other, Lomaverde's Brits - Roger and Cheryl, Becca and Ian - see in Dermot a shot of fresh blood. Someone to enliven their goat-hunting trips, their paranoid speculations, the endless barbecuing and bickering.

As Dermot and Eammon gradually reveal to one another the truth about why each left home, both get drawn further into the bizarre rituals of ex-pat life, where they uncover a shocking secret at the community's heart.

A funny and moving story about the clash of generations, Mr Lynch's Holiday is about how families fracture and heal themselves and explores how living 'abroad' can feel less like a holiday and more like a life sentence.

Publisher: London : Viking, 2013.
ISBN: 9780670923328
Characteristics: 265 p. ; 22 cm.

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uncommonreader
Apr 04, 2016

This is a lovely book about a retired, widowed, working class father visiting his Gen-X son in Spain, who has been subject to the 2008 economic crisis. One only wonders why the relationship between the two had become strained in the first place. It is gently humorous and so nice to read a book about normal people that is somewhat but not overly sentimental.

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bookwormjeph
Dec 08, 2013

a wry commentary on family connections and how so often they talk past each other and assume too much, take it as truth instead of it being their own perception. Quietly sad but engaging and lightly drawn characters that still manage to convey depth and humanity toward each other-mostly.

ChristchurchLib Nov 18, 2013

"Newly retired and recently widowed, English bus driver Dermot Lynch has headed off on his very first international trip, to visit his son, Eammon, in beautiful Lomaverde, Spain. But Eammon's housing development is falling apart as Spain's economy crumbles, his girlfriend has fled back to England, and he himself is seriously depressed. The two men - never particularly close - haltingly navigate around each other, struggling to connect and provide support. A compassionate and understated tale, Mr. Lynch's Holiday is a "rare love story between a father and a son" (The Telegraph)." Fiction A to Z November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=700674

A widowed retired bus driver goes to Spain to visit his son who turns out to be in a housing development that hasn’t been completed and a relationship that has hit the rocks. As well there is a sinister undertone to the development that is gradually revealed. An often funny and perceptive tale of Brits abroad, it’s her third novel and I’d really recommend her earlier two as well.

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finn75
Oct 08, 2013

What a lovely and bitter sweet book! A widowed father visits his son who is also suffering through his own grief in a failed English community in Spain. The two recconnect in a suprising way for the both of them. There were a few sentences which absolutely floored me with their power and insight! Well worth a look.

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