Lee Hart is two years older than his deaf brother Ned.
After the disappearance of their father and the death of their mother from cancer, prospects looks bleak until Lee lands a traineeship at Shakespeare & Son Funeral Services. This is the third novel by Kitty Aldridge and will surely bring her fiction to a much wider readership. It began life as a short story called 'Arriverderci Les'. Written in short, snappy sentences - just as people really speak - many sentences end in but. There are no quotation marks. This is good. This is literary fiction that is dark, funny, sad, contemporary. At just over 200 pages this short novel has potential crossover appeal to a young adult audience. Literary prize shortlistings much deserved.