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LIKE FATHER LIKE SON


by DAVID TIPPING

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Like Father Like Son is a tale of domestic disruption and intrigue spanning the course of a year in the not-so-sleepy Dorset village of Lynchets Wood. Former diplomat Harold Ingram lives in contented retirement with his wife Thelma – until an old colleague from his Africa days turns up and drops a bombshell. Residing nearby in professional limbo, their son Luke contemplates his future after many years in Hong Kong, but like his father suddenly finds, as he embarks on a casual affair with a family friend, that the past cannot be so easily left behind. In a kind of narrative hopscotch, the novel skips lightly among the emotional entanglements of the main characters while embracing a full cast of minor ones as well, from the right-minded eco-bore Michael Green to the no-nonsense spinster Hermione Bodleigh, determined to get her man. Good-humour and civility win out, yet the novel’s comic element - its sprinkling of wit and touch of farce - is tempered by a note of melancholy that underlies the compulsions of sexual licence and the simple passage of time. Above all, Like Father Like Son is a story of how, through the unencumbered virtue of honesty, the present can be made to accommodate the past, and the future faced without trepidation.


Price: 12.95Hardback | ISBN-13: 9781908274144 | Book Dimensions: 210148 mm | Publication Date: 30 September 2012


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 David Tipping writes:

 

david tipping, david g tipping“The main spur to Like Father, Like Son came while reading my way through the novels of Ivy Compton-Burnett. I greatly admired her style and asperity of wit. My interest was further enhanced by Hilary Spurling's splendid biography. I had always hoped I could write a novel, and decided to try my hand at a contemporary take on Compton-Burnett. Mine is clearly a lighter version; I did not want the darker side of her tyranny-in-the-family theme. There are several allusions that the reader familiar with her work will pick up, but will otherwise pass unnoticed. I must say that, contrary to the familiar picture of the artist agonising over his work, writing this novel was one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done. I became very attached to my characters.

 
david tipping, like father like son, sundial press, david g tippingThe novel follows the life of three generations of a family and their friends in a Dorset village. It is framed between the two Februaries when they gather for a regular annual party. Harold Ingram is a retired diplomat living with his wife Thelma. She is a devout church-goer, he a logically minded atheist. The result is frequent banter with a sharp humour, with no harm to an underlying mutual affection. Their son, Luke, after sudden departure from making money in Hong Kong, has to decide on a future life. He has also to refresh his relationship with Leo and Margaret, his teen-aged children boarding at a nearby school. The sudden discovery that there might be another Ingram or two in the world causes initial tension, which is unwound as the story progresses. Other themes develop with other characters. Tom Foster, the rector, and his wife Dorothy are bulwarks of village life. Rupert and Penny Hall are an ambisexual couple with their own personal dramas. Minor characters appear in sketches that add some humour to the backdrop of village life. Lynchets Wood is obviously West Dorset, and St Giles sounds very like Sherborne. 

The story is in no sense autobiographical, though I do sometimes hear my voice in Harold.”


"I am old. I have seen and heard. I know that things are done. Temptation is too much for us. We are not always unwilling for it to be." — Ivy Compton-Burnett: The Mighty and Their Fall




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“Many people say that when they retire they will write a novel but a Sherborne man is true to his word. Throughout all his professional life, David Tipping knew that one day he would become a writer and following his retirement, he settled down and wrote Like Father Like Son. His business around the world became useful source material and his main character is a former diplomat who retires to a village in Dorset where he and his wife are perfectly happy until he receives a visit from a former colleague. At that point his contented life among the typical middle-class residents of the village changes and he has to re-assess his past and his future. How he does this and deals with the emotional difficulties that seem to clothe the lives of all the characters, makes entertaining reading.

~ Judith Spelman, The CONDUIT Magazine, January 2013


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Spend a year in the village of Lynchet's Wood, 3 May 2013

Amazon review by Sarah Barnard

A light, easy, read, Like Father Like Son will ease you into the lives of the inhabitants of Lynchet's Wood - an apparently sleepy Dorset Village. Then just when you're comfy, drinking tea in the sunshine... the past wanders in to complicate their lives.

Old indiscretions and news alike serve to accentuate the relationships within the village and adds a level of intrigue to the characters.

Written with a light touch, a genuine feel for a village populated by real people, and seasoned with easy humour - Like Father Like Son is a gentle read, perfect for lazy summer days.

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Really enjoyed this book - a good read, 17 April 2013

Amazon review by H Moody

 
Thoroughly enjoyed this book very much and wanted to read more. I found the story and characters engaging, interesting and believable. I enjoyed the lightness of the writing and the humour. Definitely recommend this book. Suitable for any reader.

 

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