Something To Live For written by Richard Roper, publisher Orion, is available in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format from 27th June 2019.
To pre-order/buy link (Watertstones): https://bit.ly/2FumhS9
Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…
All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.
The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him.
Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour for Richard Roper’s debut novel: Something to Live For. This book is published in the US under the title How Not to Die Alone.
Something to Live For is a unique, quirky novel that will captivate you and steal a little bit of your heart. Andrew, our leading man, is not handsome, sexy, brave or wealthy he’s just human. A man that has experienced so much heartache as a child and growing up that now as an adult he’s found his comfortable life and is just going through the motions.
His job with the Council is not glamorous but it’s an essential cog in the wheel of many people’s lives. People that sadly find themselves all alone as their life draws to an end. Andrew’s job is to find any evidence of a next of kin and investigate if the deceased has any funds to pay for their own funeral. The job brought more cons than pros however, the author injected a lovely dark humour breaking the dread of the task at hand.
When a new colleague starts in the office Andrew’s life takes a different slant. Peggy brings out something in Andrew he’s not felt in a long time. He feels companionship, light, fun and hope.
Andrew is one of those endearing characters that have so much sadness about them but they are also comforted by their routines and objects.
Something to Live For is such a beautiful, poignant story with a very important message. The story has left me feeling quite uplifted and the ethos behind the storyline will stay with me for a long time. A fabulous debut novel that I wish the author, Richard Roper, huge success with.
About the Author
Richard Roper is an author and editor. He grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon and now lives in London. SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR (published as HOW NOT TO DIE ALONE in the US), is his first novel. It has been translated into 19 languages and TV rights have been sold to Expectation Entertainment.