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He Wants

by Alison Moore

Lewis is 70, his life still bounded by the same town and the same people: but what is it that he actually wants? Just when I thought I knew, this very unsettling novel proved me wrong (again). And just when I thought I knew what he had done - or would do - wrong again! Engrossingly like life - and real people.

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His father used to worry about burglars. As soon as Lawrence left the house, he'd be imagining men, rough men. approaching his back door with crowbars and swag bags, looking to break in. This was after Lawrence had stopped teaching ... so as to stand in the town centre, by the key-cutter, preaching.

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