P. I. PARIS
When the residents of a Highland care home discover that the new owners are about to substantially put up the fees, they know that dramatic action is called for. But what can a group of senior citizens possibly do against a big organisation? For Dorothy, the situation is serious. If she can’t raise money she’ll have to leave all her friends, like dear Miss Ross.
In protest, the residents barricade themselves into the lounge. However, their rebellion fails, so worldly-wise Joan suggests a most unusual way to cover the rise – a very naughty chat line for men who want to talk to older women ‘in a particular way’! As their lives take a series of unexpected turns, things get increasingly out of control …
Casting Off is a hilarious, poignant tale of friendship, loyalty and sacrifice – and how it’s never too late to try something new.
Published: 7th September 2016
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 320 pages
Highland-based author Philip Paris is best known for his books about Orkney’s famous WW2 Italian chapel, the historical fiction The Italian Chapel and the non-fiction Orkney’s Italian Chapel: The True Story of an Icon. His varied work includes Men Cry Alone, a contemporary novel that broke new ground in raising the profile of domestic abuse against men and which won the 2019 Scottish Association of Writers’ Barbara Hammond trophy. Casting Off, a hilarious novel about residents in a Highland care home, was based on his sell-out stage play of the same name.
WHAT READERS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT CASTING OFF:
"This book has to be my favourite comedy novel of the year... the whole novel is just so very uplifting and leaves you with a feel good factor."
BOOKS FROM DUSK TO DAWN
"A cheeky and hilarious read... A book of pure delight and I'm sure it will life the hardest of hearts."
TRACY SHEPHARD, POSTCARD REVIEWS
"This uplifting, mischievous and brilliantly written tale is one that has left a huge impression on me, for ALL the right reasons."
LITTLE BOOKNESS LANE
"Funny, achingly sad and raunchy... your view of assisted living will never be the same! ... My soggy tissue and gentle sigh as I reached the final sentence is my version of a five-star review."
"This is a story which will have you laughing out loud one moment and in need of a tissue the next. It is a great read."
"Funny and Sweet."
"I could not put it down."
"The characters were fantastic, funny and utterly believable. A great read for any age."
"Friendship, heartache, love and life... you'll find it here."
"I was very sad to finish this book. I'd give it more than 5* if I could."
"You will not be disappointed. A book that made me laugh and cry at the same time. A must read!!"