As a retired widower, Percy leads a solitary existence in Gorleston, a decaying seaside town. Then he meets Queenie, a flirtatious widow, who becomes his obsession. Percy grows suspicious of Queenie’s elusive behaviour and her past, and is forced to look into the shadows of his own life.


Comic and poignant in equal measure, Henry Sutton’s first novel pulls off the stunning feat of humanising an out-of-season seaside resort – The Independent

Sutton’s triumph is in making these crinkly passions as fresh, tender and hilarious as any adolescent rite of passage and in his touching portrait of ingenuous, self-deluded Percy – The Sunday Times