Richard Roper was inspired by an article he read about the council workers who deal with situations when someone dies alone. Their days are spent sifting through the ephemera of those who've slipped through the cracks, searching for clues to a next of kin. Council workers are under no obligation to attend the funerals. Yet they do, sometimes dozens of them a year, just to make sure at least someone is there. Richard Roper lives in London. SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR is his first novel.
A charming, humorous and life-affirming tale about human kindness that strikes a chord in a world where loneliness is a growing problem. - BBC News Online, Top Fiction of 2019Richard Roper uplifts the human spirit and shows us how to embrace life and hope, in this witty debut - Phaedra Patrick, international bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper and Rise & Shine, Benedict StoneFunny, moving and thought-provoking - I loved this. - Clare MackintoshTender, funny, compelling - this wonderful book deserves to be huge!Wryly funny and quirkily charming - perfect for fans of A Man Called Ove and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird SistersFunny, moving and uplifting... I loved it. - Libby Page, author of THE LIDOA life-affirming novel that simultaneously tweaks your funny-bone and tugs at your heartstrings. Brilliant!Like everyone else, I completely fell under its spell. It pulls you in, makes you laugh and breaks your heart - in short, does everything that you want a novel to do. Every character is round and real - from dear old Andrew, through the wonderful Peggy - oh, Peggy! - to the anonymous woman in the cloud of perfume who lives downstairs. While it is very much in the David Nicholls' tradition of sympathetic quirk and comedy, it is, at the same time, so fresh and different. I loved the voice, the people, the world..... Who couldn't? What an extraordinary debut. - Gill Hornby