Simon Baker

Bearing Crosses

To Heaven by Water


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Justin Cartwright’s thirteenth novel concerns the Crosses, a successful London family trying to regroup following the death of Nancy, the wife and mother whose constancy had given everyone a sense of place. David Cross, a recently retired newsreader, has closed himself off from his wife’s death, and is living in a state of denial. He has become obsessed with exercise and has taken to wearing inappropriately youthful clothes, ‘treading a fine line on the edge of the ridiculous’. While his friends have begun the retreat into old age and a sense of purposelessness (‘You wonder why you would make plans to paint the house or visit the pyramids’), David believes, only half guiltily, that he has never been happier. 

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