Friday, 11 November 2011

The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall by Paul Torday: In Which Posh People's Lives Change

What's it all about?
The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall is a book I don't understand. I don't mean it's in French, I just don't get it. I think there's some point it might be trying to make but, to me, it just boils down to some posh people, the kind that call their parents mummy and daddy even though they're middle aged, having to alter their lives.

I suppose my main problem with it is that happens in the book doesn't really match the blurb. I feel hoodwinked! The blurb says,

"Ed Hartlepool has been living in self-imposed exile...he must return to his ancestral seat, Hartlepool Hall...But can Ed save his inheritance without such a drastic move[selling the hall]?"

So, the first part happens, Ed returns to his ancestral home but the second part, nothing like that happens. Ed just wanders about worrying, reading the paper, looking at lots of food and not trying to save his home. Maybe its about his inability as a posh bloke to cope with modern ways and how you don't need an enormous house and cash to be happy. Or something.

It's written well enough, but I just didn't get it.

The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall is out on the 5th of January 2012!