Leading up to retirement, Arthur Gardner had many conversations with a close friend about what they would do. When it finally came to â€œWhat now?â€ the friend retorted, â€œFor a start, thereâ€™s your life story: war time evacuation, failed the 11 plus, 5-year apprenticeship, 2 years National Service, marriage, children, work, lifestyle change, the awful retirement experience and much, much more.â€
That spurred Arthur on to write over 70,000 words about the different stages of his life. At the age of 26, he changed careers; reading the Daily Mirror one day, the Telegraph the next. After many years in commerce, finally Arthur, leading up to retirement, spent some years as a self-employed landscape gardener. Leaning on his own experiences, in parallel with scripting his life story, Arthur has also penned this account of life in a fictitious retirement property.
The characters and events in this book are fictitious. Any apparent similarity to real persons is not intended by the author and is either a coincidence or the product of your own troubled imagination.
When Sam and Lily marry and enter their pensionable age, they find themselves in Orton Villas, a retirement home run by Sunshine Homes and in particular, the management team of Bradley and Olga. It is a toxic mix, as Sam and Lily are both headstrong horticulturalists and they have chosen Orton Villa...