Format: Paperback, 198x129mm, 288pp
Michael Cannon was born and brought up in the West of Scotland and worked variously as a tax officer, oil worker and Kibbutz labourer before returning to higher education to study literature.
A charming, insightful and deeply moving portrait of an unlikely friendship between a well-to-do London widower and a young Glaswegian homeless woman that helps both overcome their tainted pasts and rediscover happiness.
Christopher is a decent, elderly, suburban Londoner learning to live again after his release from a loveless marriage following the death of his wife. By chance he meets Gina, a young homeless woman from Glasgow, on Waterloo Bridge. With new-found spontaneity, he offers her a room for the night, and there begins an unlikely platonic friendship between two people from opposite ends of the country, both geographically and socially.
Gina has left behind a life devoid of opportunity and a dark tragedy, and slowly, under Christopher’s protection, she regains her confidence. But a casual remark shatters their fragile domestic idyll, forcing Christopher to leave London and travel to Glasgow’s mean streets to find and be reconciled with his new friend.
Four New Words for Love is a beautifully crafted portrait of two damaged lives from different ends of the social spectrum who are both seeking release from the mistakes and thwarted potential of the past. Michael Cannon demonstrates a masterful restraint and boundless empathy in his development of two unforgettable characters attempting to change their lives.
Praise for Four New Words for Love
‘A poignant, but not overly sentimental story, Four New Words for Love captures friendship at its most powerful and life-altering.’ The List
‘Michael Cannon explores the powerful, life-affirming qualities of friendship in its many forms… sensitively drawn and beautifully evoked… The novel’s denouement is compelling.’ CelticLife
‘There are all kinds of love in here. Gentle, dignified and beautifully wrought, the friendship which is at the heart of this book is a lovely, rare thing – as is Cannon’s writing.’ Karen Campbell author of This Is Where I Am