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Summary

Theo has been living in his parents' shed, nursing a broken heart and a wounded ego, convinced life can't get any worse. Then he gets evicted on his 30th birthday. Theo thinks he's done with the real world - until it shows up on his doorstep.

Joel is a successful TV scriptwriter, still in love with his teenage sweetheart. A proper grown-up - and yet he's falling apart at the seams. He's headed home to reconnect with best friend Theo - except they haven't spoken since the summer they turned 16.

One of them is keeping a secret and the other is living a lie. But can the promise they once made to walk all 184 miles of the Thames Path help them find their way back to the truth - and to their friendship?  

A tender and funny story about wanting to go back - when you know it's time to move on. 

©2021 Richard Roper (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Such a warm, uplifting read. It's a celebration of the bond we have with our oldest friends, and it's so funny." (Beth O'Leary)

"A brilliant, funny, insightful exploration of friendship, which properly made me laugh and cry." (Laura Marshall) 

"An uplifting and redemptive journey." (Steven Rowley)

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