Thank you to Red Door Publishing for my ARC copy. I was thrilled to be invited to take part in the blog tour.

The Blurb

Meet Simon Haines.

For a decade he’s been chasing his dream: partnership at the legendary, family-run law firm of Fiennes & Plunkett. The gruelling hours and manic intensity of his job have come close to breaking him, but he has made it through the years and is now within a whisker of his millions: in less than two weeks, he will know the outcome of the partnership vote. He decides to spend the wait in Cuba in an attempt to rediscover his youthful enthusiasm and curiosity, and to clear his mind before the arrival of the news that might change his life forever. But alone in Havana he becomes lost in nostalgia and begins to relive his past…

Set against the backdrop of an uncertain world, and charged with emotion, Being Simon Haines is a searching story about contemporary London and aspiration, values and love. Painting a picture of a generation of young professionals, it asks the most universal of questions: are we strong enough to know who we are?

Quite a unique book in a way and one that would normally be way out of my usual comfort zone. Reminds me of the worthy and rather wordy intelligent books I would read earnestly back in the 1970’s and leave prominently on a bookshelf in order to impress.

A fascinating read nevertheless about an upwardly mobile workaholic young lawyer from a high profile firm of London lawyers who goes on a journey of self discovery. 
Simon Haines is a very driven young man who has sacrificed many things on his relentless road to success – interests, relationships and time spent chasing something he isn’t even sure that he really wants. While waiting to hear if he has been given a partnership in the law firm of Fiennes & Plunkett he takes himself off for a trip to Havana where he has some interesting and humorous encounters with the locals, has some sort of epiphany and finds himself
 It took me a while to warm to the character because he is portrayed at first as a very self-centred one-dimensional person but as snippets of his past are revealed and his story progresses it explains a lot of his decisions, his awareness of his failings and it becomes a bit clearer that he his actually wiser than he first appears to be. Reads like an autobiography, is an easy and compulsive read that was hard to put down. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about this author.

When I put the book down I stroked the cover (always a good sign) and announced to my other half and the dog “I enjoyed that one”

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About The Author


Tom Vaughan MacAulay was born in Chester in 1980. Tom is a solicitor and has worked both in London and Milan during his career. He currently lives in North London and is in the process of completing his second novel.

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