The Six Loves of Billy Binns

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What to expect

THE SIX LOVES OF BILLY BINNS is a deeply moving debut set in London against the backdrop of the changing 20th century. it is reading group fiction perfect for those who loved the quirky pathos of Gail Honeyman’s ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE and the warmth and humour of Rachel Joyce’s THE PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY.

At 117 years old, Billy Binns is the oldest man in Europe and he knows his time is almost up. But Billy has a final wish: he wants to remember what love feels like one last time. As he looks back at the relationships that have shaped his life – and the events that shaped the century – he recalls a life full of hope, heartbreak and, above all, love.

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Critics Review

  • Richard Lumsden’s first novel is full of surprises and sentiment

    Sun
  • A novel with enough warmth for the chilliest of Januarys . . . lovely

    Grazia
  • The Six Loves of Billy Binns is extraordinary. Funny, heartbreaking, wise and so very uplifting, it’s a beautiful story of life, love and redemption. Richard Lumsden is a natural, magical storyteller, weaving joy and pain through the life of a protagonist you can’t fail to love. It’s a book you read with your heart in your mouth and your breath held. It will stay with me for a long time. I loved it!

    Miranda Dickinson
  • Magical

    Sir Tom Courtenay
  • A book I would like to have beside me as I grow old to remind me of what’s important in life and what is not

    Jenny Quintana, author of 'The Missing Girl'
  • This uplifting and powerful debut is beautifully written, full of emotion and will tug at your heartstrings

    Sarah J Harris, author of 'The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder'

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