I’m delighted to welcome Mr Sykes to my blog today. Actually, between you and me, I was surprised to learn that Mr Sykes is only in his sixties, because he seems like a very sweet old man in the novel (Nice Girls Don’t by Sue Barnard) and “sixties” isn’t old in my book – not any more. I suppose in the early ’80s we had a different attitude to age – I know I did!
It’s 1982. A few years ago Mr Sykes took early retirement to look after his wife, after she was left crippled by an accident.
Following her death two years ago, he has slowly begun to rebuild his life. Every day he comes to the local library to do The Times crossword. He is well-liked by the library staff, especially Emily, whom he treats with old-fashioned gentlemanly charm.
But events are about to take an interesting turn, in both his…
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