Old Max, the giant of Serenity House, North London's "Premier Eventide Refuge", might have been left to die in peace. But his son-in-law Albert, an MP with an interest in the new War Crimes Bill, has other ideas. This book was nominated for the 1992 Booker Prize.
This book is a snapshot in history showing the fall of the Spanish political system, the very bloody civil war and the rise of a new government. The authors do a fabulous job of interweaving all the parts and characters virtually seamless. Every person and event has a purpose pertaining to the two main characters of the book.
The stories in this book are in fact one story, that of a society adrift, like a shipwrecked crew upon a raft: fifty million people upon a wet and windy island in the Atlantic Ocean. Half of the inhabitants of Great Britain have been sold a patent medicine of peculiar austerity. Some of the characters in these stories complain of this medicine: but there is a far worse corrective others maintain, namely the Red Pills of Old Uncle Joe. The social medicines of the 'kindly' British spare you from the necessity of taking Old Uncle Joe's Red Pills.