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PUBLISHER:

Vintage
FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9780099483571
RRP: £8.99
PAGES: 224
PUBLICATION DATE: April 6, 2006

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Rules for Old Men Waiting

By (author) Peter Pouncey

MacIver, military historian and one-time centre for Scotland’s rugby team has holed up in his holiday home after his wife’s death. He makes rules to keep himself going, as he and his house crumble away – what he must burn, when he should eat, how to write something everyday…As he becomes involved in his story about soldiers in the trenches of the Great War he begins to reflect on his own experiences in WWII and the loss of his son in Vietnam, and attempts to make sense of his life and he trubulent era through which he has lived.

Reviews of Rules for Old Men Waiting

"* 'A lean, quietly elegiac postscript to the protaganist's existence… told in simple, restrained prose, this is a novel brimming with humanity – one to savour' Hephzibah Anderson – Observer * 'A deeply sensual, moving, thrilling novel…calls for a second and third reading – it is that rich' Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes 'Written with admirable restraint and composed with sturdy, elegant prose, it's an object lesson in the fact that, sometimes, less can be more. Human and moving' Daily Mail 'A quarter of a century in the making, Peter Pouncey's first novel is laden with the fruits of a lifetime's reflection… The detail reveals Pouncey as a brilliant miniaturist' Guardian 'An intense, memorable little book' Saturday Times 'A lean, quietly elegiac postscript to the protaganist's existence… told in simple, restrained prose, this is a novel brimming with humanity – one to savour' Observer 'Poignant…profound and moving. The work of a superior intelligence' Irish Independent 'Uplifting yet unbearably sad' Literary Review 'Pouncey has a real gift for telling war stories…a meditation on nature and old age' Daily Express 'Mr Pouncey writes with enough style and elegance to bring envy into the heart of many a good novelist' Norman Mailer 'Spare and elegant prose' Sunday Times"

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