The Restoration of Otto Laird by Nigel Packer audiobook

The Restoration of Otto Laird: A Novel

By Nigel Packer
Read by Sean Barrett

Macmillan Audio 9781250071545
9.60 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781427266323

Retired architect Otto Laird is living a peaceful, if slightly bemused, existence in Switzerland with his second wife, Anika. Once renowned for his radical designs, Otto now spends his days communing with nature and writing eccentric letters to old friends (which he doesn't mail). But Otto's comfortable life is rudely interrupted when he learns that his most significant and revolutionary building, Marlowe House, a 1960s tower block estate in South London is set to be demolished. Otto is outraged. Determined to do everything in his power to save the building, he reluctantly agrees to take part in a television documentary, which will mean returning to London for the first time in twenty-five years to live for a week in Marlowe House. Once Otto becomes reacquainted with the city he called home for most of his life, his memories begin to come alive. And as he mines his past and considers life moving forward -- for himself and his building -- Otto embarks on a remarkable journey that will change everything he ever thought he knew.

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Summary

Summary

Retired architect Otto Laird is living a peaceful, if slightly bemused, existence in Switzerland with his second wife, Anika. Once renowned for his radical designs, Otto now spends his days communing with nature and writing eccentric letters to old friends (which he doesn't mail). But Otto's comfortable life is rudely interrupted when he learns that his most significant and revolutionary building, Marlowe House, a 1960s tower block estate in South London is set to be demolished.

Otto is outraged. Determined to do everything in his power to save the building, he reluctantly agrees to take part in a television documentary, which will mean returning to London for the first time in twenty-five years to live for a week in Marlowe House. Once Otto becomes reacquainted with the city he called home for most of his life, his memories begin to come alive. And as he mines his past and considers life moving forward -- for himself and his building -- Otto embarks on a remarkable journey that will change everything he ever thought he knew.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Emotional, poignant, and touching. It’s a book we can all relate to about love, regret, and moving on. An amazing read.” Deborah Rodriguez, New York Times bestselling author
“Packer weaves together the strands of Otto’s life with a narrative dexterity rarely seen in first novels, splicing in written letters and flashbacks. Densely layered, Packer’s novel explores the importance of introspection, the durability of memory, and the conflict between man-made order and natural chaos. Readers who enjoy the work of Francine Prose and Charles Belfoure will adore Packer’s haunting and poignant novel.” Booklist (starred review)
“Poignant…A sympathetic story.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Nigel Packer

Author Bio: Nigel Packer

Nigel Packer is a former journalist, whose eclectic writing career spanned from music reviews for the BBC to a reporting officer at the International Committee for the Red Cross. He received his BA in archaeology from the University of York and an MA from Leiden University. Nigel lives in London and The Restoration of Otto Laird is his first novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English