A love story in the slow lane about loss and getting lost-two childhood sweethearts take a trip via pints, ponds and pitstops to find their future on a road less travelled from Stoke-on-Trent to Wales
Apparently, we spend almost two weeks of our life completely lost. If you add up all the times you take a wrong turn or find yourself somewhere you don't want to be, it equates to fourteen days of essentially being missing.
One Monday afternoon, around three o'clock, pond supplies salesman Selwyn Robby arrives home towing the Toogood Aquatics exhibition caravan and orders his like-wife, Imogen 'Ginny' Dare, to get into the car. He's taking her on a little holiday, he says. To Wales. So begins their road trip west, via blasts from Selwyn's past, and a fortnight's journey of self-discovery for them both. But it's a fishy business towing this caravan, with its saucy mermaid curtains and fully stocked bar, and Ginny must untangle the pondweed to get to the bottom of it, even it does mean unearthing her own murky past to find out.
LISA BLOWER is an award-winning short story writer and novelist. Her debut collection, It's Gone Dark Over Bill's Mother's, pays homage to her Potteries childhood and features 'Barmouth' (shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Award), 'Abdul' (longlisted for the Sunday Times Award), and 'Broken Crockery' (winner, The Guardian National Short Story Competition). Her novel Sitting Ducks was shortlisted for the Arnold Bennett Prize and the Rubery, and longlisted for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize and the People's Book Prize. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Wolverhampton University, where she champions working-class fictions and regional voices. If she had a pound for every time she has travelled the Pondweed journey, she would be a millionaire. She lives in Shrewsbury.
'Her stories are at times the laugh-out-loud funny of Alan Bennett and at others, the achingly sad of the great, David Constantine, Paul McVeigh;'Reading Lisa's stories is like being given the privilege of scouring over the UK's lesser known towns and picking the roofs off people's houses, then the tops off their minds and delving in to the innermost thoughts and feelings.' Holly McNish
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