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RICHARD ROPER

SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR

VICTORIA COLLEGE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 15.00 / £TBC

SPONSORED BY SALTGATE IN ASSOCIATION WITH VICTORIA COLLEGE

Sometimes you need to risk everything… To find your something.

With the warmth of David Nicholls and the charm and humour of Nick Hornby, this brilliant debut novel by Richard Roper, Something to Live For, explores one man’s attempts to let go of the past and start his life afresh.

Andrew works with death for a living. Searching for people’s next of kin and attending the funerals if they don’t have anyone, he’s desperate to avoid the same fate for himself. Which is fine, because he has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people. The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and the little white lie he once told in the past is about to catch up with him. Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

Richard Roper was inspired by an article he read about the council workers who deal with situations when someone dies alone. Their days are spent sifting through the ephemera of those who’ve slipped through the cracks, searching for clues to next of kin. Council workers are under no obligation to attend the funerals. Yet they do, sometimes dozens of them a year, just to make sure at least someone is there.

‘Funny, moving and uplifting…I loved it’ Libby Page, bestselling author of The Lido

‘A perfect, quirky summer page-turner. A life-affirming debut’ The Times

Richard Roper will be joined by Nick Duerden, author of A Life Less Lonely, at this panel event on loneliness.

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