About this book…
A man who has given up on the world.
Forty-something Thomas is very happy to be on his own, far away from other people and their problems.
A family who show him how to live.
But beneath his grumpy exterior lies a story and a sadness that is familiar to us all. And he’s about to encounter a family who will change his view of the world… for good.
This is such a unique plot idea that it actually took me a while to get used to it-I kept expecting some sort of twist-but no, it is really about an unlikely astronaut on his way to Mars who misdials a number on his phone! Now, most of us have said at sometime that we’d like some time to ourselves but here Thomas Major really is off for some very serious “alone time”. But as we flashback to Thomas as a child and his difficult journey to adulthood, we start to realise why this grumpy, middle aged man has made such a big decision.
I’m sure everyone who reviews this book will mention the late, great David Bowie as it’s really difficult not to have a certain tune running through your head the whole time of reading it (and afterwards too!!!) But the coincidence of being called Thomas Major provides lots of humour, unfortunately, its mainly all at at his expense! The relationship that develops between him and Gladys, Ellie and James is absolutely wonderful in all its honesty and gentle humour whilst running far deeper than I had expected. As these characters work through their secrets from the past, they unexpectedly help each other look forward to a more positive future. Gladys, especially, was a character I took to my heart straight away and whilst I found Thomas to be a difficult and cantankerous loner with zero “people skills” at the start, my feelings definitely changed once we find out more about him.
This is a wonderfully crafted book, full of quirky characters and humbling situations. It’s a book about family and relationships and the realities of love and loss. I felt sadness but I also felt the love of humankind for its own survival, as we tumble through time and space ourselves, reaching out for others to make our journey a happier one. I look forward to reading more books by David Barnett as he has a special gift for making the unthinkable work and work very well indeed!
I received a copy of this book via netgalley and have chosen to read and review it.
Calling Major Tom: The Feel-Good Novel of 2017 is available to purchase now at Amazon UK.