Meet Horace Winter and fall in love with life again in this bestselling novel - perfect reading for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
'Horace Winter is a character who will linger long after you've finished this highly original, moving, funny and elegant book' Irish Independent
'A journey that is both tender and sad, but a joy to witness. A moving and truly absorbing read' Image
'A quirky, tender and compulsive read. Horace Winter will win your heart' Irish Examiner
Horace Winter doesn't have friends. Ever since the long-ago day when the Very Bad Thing happened, he prefers to spend his time studying butterflies - less intimidating, less likely to disappoint.
The last thing he wants is to retire from his job at the bank, but he has no choice - and now faces an endless number of empty days where he has nowhere to go and no one to need him.
Then he receives some surprising news. And he meets Amanda, and Max, and discovers a mysterious letter his father never posted. Suddenly he finds his previously unexceptional life filled with important things to do. Before he'd thought he had too much time. Now he may be looking at not enough. But can he find the courage he's sought for so long to finally start living?
A bittersweet and redemptive novel, Bowman follows a befuddled yet brave protagonist through his farcical adventures. Upon retiring from the bank he worked at for decades, Horace Winter finds himself with a considerable amount of time on his hands. That is, until he's diagnosed with a brain tumor and his time is limited. An awkward and lonely man, Horace sees the world in relation to lepidopterology, the study of butterflies and moths. To him, every person he encounters is categorizable as a butterfly a person who is good or a moth someone less than desirable. As the cancer progresses, he finds himself trying to right the wrongs of his past and find answers to questions that have haunted him. Regardless of his fear of facing the truth about himself and his family, Horace spreads his wings and takes flight, in command of his life for the first time. Slow to start, the novel picks up pace as Horace begins his many adventures. Resolute in his plans, Horace is a tenderhearted, quirky man readers will come to cherish.