Shimi Carmelli can do up his own buttons, walks without the aid of a frame and speaks without spitting. Among the widows of North London, he’s whispered about as the last of the eligible bachelors. So begins Howard Jacobson‘s new novel, Live a Little, a wickedly observed novel about falling in love at the end of your life, by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question. Told with his characteristic wit and style, this novel explores with tenderness and humour the paths not taken and whether it is ever too late to change.
Navigating with us Shimi’s love for Beryl, we welcome back author and academic Lisa Appignanesi, Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, whose memoir Everyday Madness: On Grief, Anger, Loss and Love was published last year to rave reviews.
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