An engaging new tale of family life, marriage and retirement from the bestselling author of OUR KID.
Billy Hopkins has come a long way since his childhood in an overcrowded Manchester tenement. He's experienced a fascinating career, enjoyed a long and loving marriage and brought up a large and happy family, spending unforgettable years working overseas before returning to settle in the north-west.
Now, Billy is delighted to be retiring from teaching. He doesn't want to walk across the Sahara Desert or take up mountaineering, like some people. No, all he wants is some peace and quiet. But it seems that retirement isn’t going to be as peaceful as he hoped. For starters, his children and grandchildren regularly come to stay, leaving a trail of disorder and confusion in their wake. Then there's the shock of realising that the young man inside isn't the man reflected in shop windows and mirrors. And the numerous enterprises which don't quite go to plan, even the one that promises to make Billy a fortune… When he writes his memoirs, though, and they become a bestseller - surprising no one more than himself - he finds himself having one of the biggest adventures of his life.
WHATEVER NEXT! is a warm, touching and often hilarious account of retirement. And it goes to show that no matter what age you are, you never quite know what’s round the next corner.
This book is now available in hardback and will available in paperback, May 2008.