Ring Road: There’s no place like home

Ian Sansom

Reminiscent of Garrison Keiller’s Lake Wobegon Days, Ian Sansom’s Ring Road is a warm, humane, and sharply observed tale of small town life.

Big Davey Jones is coming home. He’s been gone almost 20 years now, but nobody’s forgotten him. Davey’s a local hero, his miracle birth as the seventh son of a seventh son brought fame to this little town and they’ve been grateful ever since. But Davey’s home town has changed much in the intervening years. The traditional family business like Billy Finlay’s Auto-Supplies and Calton’s Bakery and Tea Rooms have been replaced with ‘Exciting New Housing Developments!’ and even a nightclub called ‘Paradise Lost’.

The locals haven’t changed much though. Bob Savory who always had it in him, has made a million with his company Sandwich Classics, and he’s branching out now, with an Irish themed restaurant on the ring road. Francie McGinn, the divorced minister at The People’s Fellowship, is still trying to convert the town through his Fish-and-Chip Biblical Quiz Nights and his Good Friday Carvery & Gospel Night. And Sammy, the town’s best plumber, is depressed as ever and looking for solace at the bottom of the whisky bottle.

Reviews of Ring Road: There’s no place like home

    • Praise for The Truth About Babies by Ian Sansom:
    • ‘A sensitive and unique meditation which is as much about the transformation wrought upon his own life as about his baby’The Times
    • ‘A true and beautiful book … Every new parent should have a copy for their journey through that first year’Guardian
    • ‘Funny, brave, touching and true: the exhaustion, shock and queasy compromise of new parenthood are evoked by Sansom with terrifying honesty — but all parents everywhere will recognise that it’s really a book about love’.Julie Myerson
    • ‘For those who have waded through shelves of works by psychologists and pediatricians and would like a profoundly funny and wise book on the subject, The Truth About Babies is one of the most interesting and literate meditations available.’The Los Angeles Times