Waterstones Islington is delighted to welcome local author David Hargreaves,
to discuss and read from his debut novel, Under The Table
David will be joined by Robert Cottrell, editor of The Browser, and will be signing copies of the book after the talk. Refreshments will be provided.
About The Book:
Former teacher Dominic da Silva discovers in his late fifties that he has terminal cancer. The diagnosis prompts him to return to the diaries he kept from his boarding school years into his early thirties working as a teacher. These notebooks conjure lost tableaux of Britain in the 1960s, 70s and early 80s: with the emotional repression and genteel rural poverty of his youth, through to upbeat accounts of later joyful excess and profound friendships. After grappling with confusion about his sexuality and his rather grim school years, by the age of thirty, he has carved out a promising career and is married to a wealthy young lawyer. But he will soon discover how supremely ill-suited he is to everything he wants most. Dominic's diaries chart his lurching journey towards self-recognition from an apparently perfect life, to arrest and ignominy, and eventually to a hostel for the homeless.
Poignant, clever, and often funny, Under the Table is a powerful account of a life in many ways thwarted, as well as a homage to friendships of all kinds and a recognition of the toughness upon which they depend.