A NEW novel set in Coventry takes a tongue in cheek look at life as a single dad.
Mr Domestic has been written by Tony Ashridge who lived in Coventry for a number of years and draws a lot of inspiration from the city.
It tells the story of upwardly mobile Dan Fisher who feels he has his foot firmly on the career ladder and is looking forward to the holiday of a lifetime when – at the age of 36 – everything suddenly goes wrong.
He finds himself in an uphill struggle trying desperately to cope single-handedly, looking after his invalid wife and children whilst earning a living.
He has always been a dab hand with the vacuum cleaner and polishing rags, but he is now thrust into the deep end of domesticity.
Just when he thinks things can’t get any worse, the hand of fate unexpectedly slaps him even harder.
He grapples with the problems thrown-out by his wife’s illness whilst battling with religious fanatics, his antagonistic relatives, social services, the Child Support Agency and the legal system.
Dan’s story charts the struggle to win through in the face of adversity.
It tells how he becomes a changed man, understanding and coping with the pressures of modern-day working life on domestic bliss.
Tony worked for over 30 years as a teacher during which time, as a single dad, he also brought up his three children.
He retired to seek a quiet life in the countryside and lists his interests as travelling, Nordic walking, swimming and cycling.
Mr Domestic is the first in a trilogy with the second one planned for later in 2021.
Mr Domestic is available here from Amazon, priced at £7.99.