Author(s): Tony Parsons
Seven short stories from bestselling author Tony Parsons, based on his week as Writer in Residence at Heathrow airport. Here is Heathrow as it has never been seen before -- a secret city populated by the 75 million travellers who pass through every year, a place where journeys and dreams end -- and begin. From the brilliant twenty-something kids who control the skies up in Air Traffic Control to the softly-spoken man who cares for the dogs, lions and smuggled rattlesnakes at Heathrow's Animal Reception Centre, from the immigration officers who have heard it all before to the firemen who hone their skills by setting the green plane on fire, from the armed police who watch for terrorist attacks to the pilots who have touched the face of god -- Heathrow teems with life. In Departures, his first collection of short stories, Tony Parsons takes us deep inside the secret city.
'Tony Parsons gets inside the heads and hearts of modern men' The Times 'Parsons manages to astutely cut right to the heart of family life.' Woman and Home '(A) funny, insightful and unforgettable book.' She 'A man's take on love, relationships and what it really means to be a father' Grazia 'It's a remarkable novel, compellingly told' Mirror
Tony Parsons is the author of Man and Boy , winner of the Book of the Year prize. His subsequent novels -- One For My Baby, Man and Wife, The Family Way, Stories We Could Tell, My Favourite Wife and Men from the Boys -- were all bestsellers. He lives in London.