“The rare and remarkable Robert Hollingworth” | Independent Australia
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In 2004 the author found a little diary of 386 pages written by a 62-year-old man in a nursing home. This story is inspired by that diary.
As much as it is a comi-tragic tale of Jack and his sister’s life, it is also a story about the triumph of the human spirit. It is an intimate profile the elderly, their plight and lost dignity – yet a testament to their resilience.
“I have just finished Smythe’s Theory of Everything and it left me with tears in my eyes. It’s an absolutely wonderful story! Truly interesting and compellingly readable.”
Victoria Gutierrez (ex Curtis Brown Literary Agents)
E=mc2? Jack Smythe thinks Einstein is wrong and he has a theory to prove it. But he’s no physicist. Instead, he’s been a homeless kid, a palmreader, a cosmic theorist, a father of two (who probably aren’t his) and a devoted companion to his sister Kitty who has her own demons. But now at 62, he wakes after an operation to find he’s been placed at Eden, a below-average nursing home.
Here he is confronted by Nurse Stinson, Collier the Hun, Pistol Pete, Skeleton Joe, Dooley the publican, Jim the ex-politician and Jim’s rebel granddaughter, among others. He wants nothing to do with any of them.
Instead, with wry wit Jack begins a story about Kitty starting with the day they ran away from home for good. It seems Jack is always running away and ultimately there’s a daring escape at Eden. But unknown to Jack, it’s the “muddle of geriatrics” at Eden that eventually put meaning in his life.
Now available as an ebook!