(From the publisher):
It is the summer of 1954. A boy wakes in a Victorian seaside house on the Isle of Wight, in the gloomy flat where for months he has lived alone, deserted by his warring parents. To his horror, he finds that his father has unaccountably come home.
In this new novel Philip Norman captures the sensations of childhood and an imaginative child's responses to events beyond his understanding. From that dreadful morning, we relive with Louis his previous strange existence, dominated by the fatehr he both fears and idolizes, from London pub to country hotel, and finally the skating rink and amusement arcade at the end of 'the second-largest pier in England'. We see through Louis's eyes the handsome, unstable ex RAF officer, doomed to failure in every enterprise; the ruthless exploitation by him of Louis' mother; the ominous portents, for her and for Louis himself, when to the sound of 'The Skaters' Waltz' the mysterious skating teacher, Olwen, appears on the rink.
Original title: The Skaters' Waltz
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ 20th Century
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Youth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ties That Bind→ Dysfunctional Families