This is just so brilliant, original, insightful and downright funny.
The main character is lying in a hospital bed, paralysed and awaiting her inevitable death. Unbeknown to her visitors and the hospital staff, she is totally aware of everything that is going on around her, and relates all of that to her long, and eventful, life.
You can read the synopsis for more of what has actually occurred in her life, without giving too much away.
David Nobbs is a very funny man. You can read some of his other books to confirm my assertion.
When I was a small boy in the ‘sixties, he worked as a journalist on the Sheffield Star with my father, Tony Greenfield, and recently departed author, Pete Tinniswood, and he often visited our house. I can remember how he used to make me and my sister laugh until our sides split, with his funny stories and games such as picture consequences. That is consequences where you draw the next part of the sequence and unfold the paper at the end – hilarious!
Anyway, back to this book: I would recommend it to anyone.