'I had met a lot of special people through newsagents' windows, and spent many enjoyable days with them.
I found out about a community I never knew existed, the heart of rural Britain.
I learned that everyone had a story to tell, and that people who live very ordinary lives are much more fascinating than explorers or pop stars.' John Osborne's second book is a comic voyage through small-town Britain via the ads in newsagents' windows: lost kittens, personal ads, a second-hand bike for sale, yoga classes ...John at first uses the ads in newsagents' windows to buy practical things like a bed and a settee.
But on impulse one day he replies to an advert for a psychic masseur named Lucy, who tells him some startling home-truths as he sits on her settee in his pants.
So begins a year of self-discovery and a wild obsession with newsagents' windows, which take John to a shoe-exhibition, to an Alan Ayckbourn play, to a wrestling match.
He finds himself the owner of a man's entire video collection, a second-hand bike, a clapped-out Ford Escort - and discovers a community of a bygone age.
Looking to improve his German, he meets a pretty German girl named Leni ...Hilarious and thought-provoking, The Newsagent's Windowrestores our faith - in our fellow human beings, in a world without ebay - and reveals the odd things that can happen if you let newsagents' windows dictate your day.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/03/2011
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9781847392558