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Three former friends and members of seventies’ band Generation 27 are reunited as a result of an oath made many years before. Taking readers from their current lives back to the band’s heyday, Martin’s nurse (he now suffers from dementia and is unable to speak) learns of the oath and sets the wheels in motion for the old pals to reunite, in a tale of loss, regret and putting what has gone finally to rest.
Published on 23rd January 2024, Valediction Records by R. Peter Davies offers a poignant and highly original narrative, made even more impressive when learning it is his debut novel.
The author’s passion for music (he is an award-winning alt-country musician) is reflected in his writing, and he skilfully uses his experiences of dealing with dementia and mental illness to inform his storyline, sharing his protagonists’ flaws and failings in a manner that leaves the reader emotionally attached to them all as he crafts a storyline that explores both friendship and loss. At its core, Valediction Records is about facing up to what has gone before and finding the fortitude to shake off guilt and egos to embrace the here and now.
Benefitting from an unexpected twist that validates the reason for the oath that is the lynchpin of the story, Valediction Records is a gem of a read that is all putting ghosts and demons to bed and embracing the present.