Forever England, by David Luddington, is a humorous look at an Englishman who is relocating to Spain and starting a new chapter in his life. It’s a wonderful look, from the inside, at all the “norms” of a Spanish and small-town culture, which he must adapt to and endure, the quirky business relations, the social circles, and even the quirkier expats from his homeland who have found a new life there. It’s well-written, filled with humor, satire and simply the fun side, a look at how it can really be when one leaves the security, maybe even the mediocrity of a secure life and moves to a cultural setting where just about everything except for the internet, is different. The story starts out slow, as the main character steps into his new domain with the hesitant hopes of finding balance in what seems to a mid-life crisis, but as the book progresses, the Spanish lifestyle and ambience of his new surroundings start to change him. He begins to see life in a different, simpler way, and he meets new people, and as the story moves along, so does the excitement, the build-up and insouciance which grows in him – a sort of flippant “let’s just live life” – which is rather contagious. It’s a fun-filled adventure that will put a smile on your face.
Review by Writers Inspiring Change