The book that inspired the 2010 film starring Clive Owen.
When Simon Carr’s wife, Susie, tragically loses her battle with cancer, Simon is left to raise his five-year-old son, Alexander, on his own. Soon after, his 11-year-old son from a previous marriage, Hugo, comes to live with them too. All too quickly, plumped-up cushions, crisp beds and a drifting scent of rosemary from the kitchen are replaced with a floor piled high with video-games, Lego and comics. While visiting mothers deem his parenting ‘semi-feral’, Simon dryly retorts that his methods are simply ‘free-range’. In this new all-male partnership, Simon faces the challenges of parenthood unaided, as father and sons alike learn to become a family again. Carr’s emotionally honest, compellingly anarchic and sharply comic story of a single parent’s struggle is at once heartbreaking and wonderfully life-affirming.
“Achingly funny and almost unbearably moving”
“Carr's brilliantly written account of life as a single parent should become a required manual on parenting”
“Both men and women need his confident, politically incorrect but thoroughly realistic assertions.”