The concrete buildings designed by his late architect father in the sixties are gradually being torn down and replaced. Frank, the hero of this book, devotes time and energy to attempting to save them from their fate. A parallel preoccupation is paying tribute to people found dead, often many weeks after their actual decease, without anyone to mourn them. As a local television presenter in Birmingham, Frank comes across many such stories which never make it onto his programme and he has started leaving bunches of flowers at the sites of such sad passings.
A slight mystery unfolds when he decides to investigate the connection between an ex-colleague, killed in a hit and run accident and a man found dead on a park bench. In his search for mourners to attend the latters' funeral, many contemporary issues are explored - the superficiality of celebrity culture, the impenetrability of human motive, the importance of family relationships, the need to balance respect for the past with enjoyment of the present ...
His daughter, Mo, is one of the most appealing children in modern literature with a sweet, but not sickly, relationship with her father and grandmother, a depressive character with a quick, sharp tongue and an ability to extract enjoyment from her life in a care home which she is careful to keep hidden from her son.
This book is full of light and humour with a great cast of characters.