My Life in Receipts — Andrew Dutton
Charting a life spent lost in numbers, is My Life in Receipts a memoir? Too fictionalised. A novella? Too close to the truth. All too recognisable? YES!
From chanting times-tables and unlearning old money to discovering the sinking schoolroom ‘Maths Feeling’ that ends a child’s ambitions to be a ‘scientist’. From the promissory note of student days to the hard times of the dole giro. From the exuberance of the first wage packet to the pleasures and limits of being able to pay your way … My Life in Receipts plunges you into the world of bags full of threatening letters, intimidating bailiffs, bankruptcy, eviction – even imprisonment.
Revealing the lives of people in a perpetual cost of living crisis, and the work of those who help them fight to reclaim their lives, this is a dark, original and tragi-comic exploration of the past, the future, money, debt: whether to flee, whether to fight. There are some victories, some routs – and, along the way, thoughts on electronic train tickets too.
Andrew Dutton will make you laugh out loud, scream with righteous anger and, most of all, make you think.
Andrew Dutton has been writing since the early 2000s and has previously self-published an e-book of short stories, A Mirror.
His work frequently explores life at ‘the bottom of the pile’, reflecting a long career helping people in financial hardship and debt.
Born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, he now lives in Derbyshire and draws inspiration and comfort from books, music, cats — and long country walks with his partner and their beloved Labrador.
Andrew’s debut novel, Nocturne: Wayman’s Sky, and two other novels, The Crossword Solver, and The Beauty of Chell Street are also published by Cinnamon Press.