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The Six Loves of Billy Binns

Narrated by: Richard Lumsden
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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The Six Loves of Billy Binns is a deeply moving debut set in London against the backdrop of the changing 20th century.

Perfect for those who loved the quirky pathos of Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and the warmth and humour of Rachel Joyce's The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

At 117 years old, Billy Binns is the oldest man in Europe, and he knows his time is almost up. But Billy has a final wish: he wants to remember what love feels like one last time. As he looks back at the relationships that have shaped his life - and the events that shaped the century - he recalls a life full of hope, heartbreak and, above all, love.

©2019 Richard Lumsden (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Beautiful tragi-comic story. Expect the unexpected. Themes include love, war, regrets, kindness, forgivemess, heartbreak and hope.

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  • Musicman
  • 07-04-2019

Riding the proverbial emotional rollercoaster!

The extraordinary life story of fictional Londoner Billy Binns also serves to provide a potted, British social history of the 20th century.

Nearing the end of his 100 plus years, Billy attempts to document the six loves of his life, whilst struggling with failing memory, in a nursing home. Painstakingly researched by the author, we accompany Billy through the horrors of two world wars and life choices that will make you cringe and cheer in equal measure.

If nobody has secured the film rights to this book yet, best they get a move on - a trick is being missed! A fantastic debut novel from a clearly gifted author and performer.

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  • lynnect
  • 04-03-2019

The most touching book I’ve read in years

I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a book where I can visualise the characters with such clarity.
I laughed, I cried and felt a warmth for Billy, just like I would a real person.
I really loved this and will be recommending it to everyone I know. Such a touching story and the narration could not have been more suited.