I remember my dreams but not where they start.
Further back, I recall some of yesterday and the day before that. Then everything goes into a haze.
Fragments of memories come looming back like red London buses in a pea-souper.
Time plays funny tricks these days.
I wait for the next memory. I wait and I wait.
At 117 years old, Billy Binns is the oldest man in Europe and he knows his time is almost up. But Billy has a final wish: he wants to remember what love feels like one last time. As he looks back at the relationships that have shaped his flawed life – and the events that shaped the century – he recalls a life full of hope, mistakes, heartbreak and, above all, love.
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The Six Loves Of Billy Binns is a wonderfully nostalgic and emotional read which I will be thinking about for a long time.
The story reads as a memoir into Billy’s life as he tries to remember his lost loves and leave his story for his son. As he was born in 1900 this gives the reader an intimate look into his life which covers most of the key events in the twentieth century. This makes for a fascinating read as there were some very interesting events or times that Billy is a part of. The love stories are quite emotional and poignant at times, especially the story of Evie which had me in tears. It was very sobering to see how easily love could be lost.
Billy’s past recollections are interspersed with his present life in a care home which is quite heart breaking to read about at times, especially as his memory is going which obviously affects his goal of writing his memories down. I found his observations of how his life had shrunk and changed very emotional, especially when he describes how people treat him now.
The story is very absorbing as there was always something happening that kept me interested in the story. I found it fascinating to read about events from Billy’s point of view which was often from a different angle then the one I knew. Some of the language is a bit rude at times, particularly at the beginning which might offend some people though it is in keeping with the time and the character.
This is the author’s debut novel and I will look forward to reading more from him in the future. I felt it was similar in style to Any Human Heart by William Boyd so if you loved that book then I’m confident you’ll like this one too
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Tinder Press for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Richard Lumsden has worked as an actor, writer and composer in television, film and theatre for 30 years. As an actor his films include Downhill, Sightseers, Sense & Sensibility and The Darkest Hour, as well as numerous television shows and theatre productions. THE SIX LOVES OF BILLY BINNS is his first novel.