Love Under Lockdown
'A very funny and original novel about political correctness and the fury between the generations with brilliant dialogue and characters who keep surprising. I read it all in one evening and laughed much of the time'
Bill and Pete, best friends since school, are approaching 70 and now retired, but still meet regularly to chew the fat about sport, politics, their stagnant love lives, mutual friends and, increasingly, Bill's fractious relationship with his rebellious son Ivan.
Spanning the four years from the Brexit Referendum to the end of the first Coronavirus lockdown, we watch these characters, last seen in About Time, stumble their way through chaos, mistrust, generational differences and blossoming relationships, finding new life and unexpected happiness in uncertain times.
Praise for Michael Estorick:
'Well-observed, humane, and very funny.' Alun David, The Jewish Chronicle
'Finely observed, often tantalizing novel...Estorick writes with wry, elegant ease. Sophisticated, apparently feather-light repartee has elusive, sinister undercurrents.' Philippa Freshman, The Jewish Chronicle
'Full of incidental insights...consistently intelligent.' Martin Seymour-Smith, Financial Times
'A sharp satirist of class and family. He's adept at the nuances of domestic oppression, the bickering, the transmission of skewed hopes and frustrated affections across the years...arrestingly grotesque and finely compelling...its power lies mainly in its inconsequentiality...Estorick has an acute eye and ear and he'll certainly be heard from as a novelist again.' Valentine Cunningham, The Observer
'I read it again, and again with pleasure and admiration. It's a very funny novel... The throw away wit is an ongoing bonus; the dialogue crackles; I almost think you've invented something - the short four- or five-line conversations standing like islands in the story, half a dozen comments and retorts like little explosions - nothing wasted, every word a neat and sometimes savage barb. And all funny in spite of the pain.' Maurice Gee, winner of the James Tate Black Prize for Plumb