Book Review of Mr Doubler Begins Again by Seni Glaister
Baked, mashed, boiled or fried, Mr Doubler knows his potatoes. But the same can’t be said for people. Since he lost his wife, he’s been on his own at Mirth Farm – and that suits Doubler just fine. Crowds are for other people; the only company he needs are his potato plants and his housekeeper, Mrs Millwood, who visits every day.
So when Mrs Millwood is taken ill, it ruins everything – and Mr Doubler begins to worry that he might have lost his way. But could the kindness of strangers be enough to bring him down from the hill?
I was very lucky to receive an early copy of this book and what a truly delightful read it was.
Mr Doubler, Mrs Millwood and all the others were such wonderfully, true to life characters, I couldn’t help but warm to Mr Doubler right from the start.
The story begins by introducing you to Mr Doubler and his family, his love of potatoes and his some what secluded life up on Mirth Farm. His cleaner, Mrs Millwood, comes in everyday and offers a tiny piece of companionship to him over their lunch, but when Mrs Millwood needs to go into hospital she is worried that he will not do very well on his own. This takes the story onto how Mr Doubler meets all the others characters and delves into their lives, often a little sad and lonely, in such a well written and well observed way you are invested in each and every one of them.
I loved all the other individual stories, the telephone calls between Mr Doubler and Mrs Millwood whilst she is in hospital and the visits he receives from her daughter. The insights into the world of potato growing, gin making and apples!
It is a warm and humorous reminder of finding friendship and learning how to accept and understand one another and learning how to get along.
A delightful and charming read. A book to soothe the soul.