Beyond the arch







A provocative challenge at a dinner party, a serendipitous encounter on a Northumberland cliff top, the accidental death of a friend and the rupture of his marriage converge to disrupt Peter Bowman’s well-ordered middle-class existence as he approaches middle age. 


Peter negotiates a sabbatical from his job as a solicitor to pursue his long held ambition to write fiction. He embarks on an odyssey which leads him to new challenges and loves shaped by happiness and tragedy. 


When Peter goes to France to stay with Sally, an enigmatic freelance journalist with a troubled past, he takes the first tentative steps towards writing a novel. But can he, as a member of the pre-baby boomer generation, ever fully escape from the constraints imposed by his background and upbringing and embrace the liberal and permissive attitudes of the 1960s and achieve his lifelong ambition?

About the author

David Evered


David Evered’s professional career was in academic medicine and research.  He has been a consultant physician in Newcastle Upon Tyne, the Deputy Head of the UK Medical Research Council, a Special Adviser to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO – Lyon) and a trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support.  He has published over 100 scientific papers and, during his academic career, written and edited a number of postgraduate level books. He has lived and worked in Newcastle, London and France and is now retired.  He and his wife live in rural West Berkshire.


David has been a voracious reader since childhood and the written word has played a major part in his personal and professional life. This is his first work of fiction. 

My Review

David Evered manages to portray a sense of time and place as we look at the sixties through the eyes of conventional, conservative solicitor Peter Bowman.This is skilfully done through the use of, at times, rather stilted dialogue as well as through his interactions with others. It appears when we first meet Peter that the 'swinging sixties' have bypassed him and as we soon approach the seventies, he lacks a sense of fulfilment. It is doubtful whether he would ever have broken off the 'metaphorical chains' if it weren't for events overtaking him; the breakdown of his marriage and the sudden death of his friend. When a chance encounter with Sally leads him to France, we see a different side of Peter and he is certainly more likeable as the book progresses. It is interesting to read a 'rite of passage' novel through the eyes of a man and if you are interested in the sixties or in France then this book will appeal. 


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27.05 | 22:25

Another amazing review, dying to get my hands on this one xxx

27.05 | 20:42

probably the best new author I know....x x x x x x x

27.05 | 14:17

Great review, can't wait to read over the holiday

27.05 | 13:49

Wonderful review. Really looking forward to reading this.

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