Monty and Ada are old friends. They worked together on the frontline in Belgium, where Monty was a nurse and Ada drove ambulances - like the devil. And now, Bleakly Hall hydropathic has brought them together again.
Monty has just arrived to look after the gouty residents - there to take the Hall's curative waters via nozzle, douche and jet - and Ada is the maid and driver.
For all those at Bleakly, the end of the Great War has brought changes.
Not all of them good. Monty has a score to settle with the elusive Captain Foxley; Ada misses her wartime sense of purpose; the Blackwood brothers must reinvigorate Bleakly for a new era; Foxley has his own particular ways of keeping his ghosts at bay.
But with the crumbling, rumbling hydropathic threatening to blow its top, what will become of the folk thrown together in its bilious embrace?
This wonderfully original novel brings together an irresistible cast of characters - including Bleakly Hall itself - in the wake of one of history's great tragedies.
To powerful effect, it combines fizzing comedy with a deeply moving look at the aftermath of war.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 10/02/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780701181796