Thursday, April 22, 2021

Last Chance Salon


When Rafe Bunce takes over a run-down hair salon in Penge, he hopes to make a success of his life at last. Not content with improving his own fortunes, he is soon meddling in his customers’ lives, too – with bittersweet results.

The stories in Last Chance Salon touch on the hopes and dreams, big and small, which we all carry inside us.

RRP £7.00

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This is a shortish fast read of around 11 short stories, the plots all linked by the characters visiting the Salon of the title - a rundown hair stylist's business, glorying in the name 'Hairs & Graces' set in Penge ('the name sounds like a cross between 'penny-pinching' and 'gunge') writes the author in the very funny opening story which had me in stitches at times. The new owner is a former actor, whose heart is more drawn to the stage than the hairdryer, Rafe Bonce, and whose right hand woman, is Suky. (Usually a name I associate with a Pekinese). The dialogue crackles, there are touching moments (I enjoyed 'Faking It' with the games married folk play to keep egos inflated) - this is a collection worth checking out.  
This collection of short stories which, although based on a hair salon and its flamboyant owner, are all very different. I enjoyed the pace of the stories and their characters based on close observance of human behaviour in which you can recognise yourself and others. Seldom have I read a book from cover to cover with a smile on my face, laughing out loud in parts, with no second guessing how the story will end.  
ISBN: 9781907335785

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