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Free as a Bird


Another twenty-five years have passed, as Tony starts his third diary. After divorcing Jane, he married twice more, but is now on his own, yet again. Michael, his eldest son, is dead, and he now has another son, Jobe. Tony Blair is Prime Minister and Saddam Hussein is in custody. Having retired from his work in education and sold up his property business, Tony is now ‘free as a bird’ to spend his time travelling and writing, but his constant need to love and be loved are always under the surface.


I can still see the ten-year-old in this book: the writer’s unflagging optimism and love of life drive him through adversity.

Rebecca Stainsby

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