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The Restoration of Otto Laird - A Novel

Nigel Packer

Retired architect Otto Laird is living a peaceful, if slightly bemused, existence in Switzerland with his second wife, Anika. Once renowned for his radical designs, Otto now spends his days communing with nature and writing eccentric letters to old friends (which he doesn't mail). But Otto's comfortable life is rudely interrupted when he learns that his most significant and revolutionary building, Marlowe House, a 1960s tower block estate in South London is set to be demolished. Otto is outraged. Determined to do everything in his power to save the building, he reluctantly agrees to take part in a television documentary, which will mean returning to London for the first time in twenty-five years to live for a week in Marlowe House. Once Otto becomes reacquainted with the city he called home for most of his life, his memories begin to come alive. And as he mines his past and considers life moving forward -- for himself and his building -- Otto embarks on a remarkable journey that will change everything he ever thought he knew.

Retired architect Otto Laird is living a peaceful, if slightly bemused, existence in Switzerland with his second wife, Anika. Once renowned for his radical designs, Otto now spends his days communing with nature and writing eccentric letters to old friends (which he doesn't mail). But Otto's comfortable life is rudely interrupted when he learns that his most significant and revolutionary building, Marlowe House, a 1960s tower block estate in South London is set to be demolished. Otto is outraged. Determined to do everything in his power to save the building, he reluctantly agrees to take part in a television documentary, which will mean returning to London for the first time in twenty-five years to live for a week in Marlowe House. Once Otto becomes reacquainted with the city he called home for most of his life, his memories begin to come alive. And as he mines his past and considers life moving forward -- for himself and his building -- Otto embarks on a remarkable journey that will change everything he ever thought he knew.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Retired architect Otto Laird is living a peaceful, if slightly bemused, existence in Switzerland with his second wife, Anika. Once renowned for his radical designs, Otto now spends his days communing with nature and writing eccentric letters to old friends (which he doesn't mail). But Otto's comfortable life is rudely interrupted when he learns that his most significant and revolutionary building, Marlowe House, a 1960s tower block estate in South London is set to be demolished. Otto is outraged. Determined to do everything in his power to save the building, he reluctantly agrees to take part in a television documentary, which will mean returning to London for the first time in twenty-five years to live for a week in Marlowe House. Once Otto becomes reacquainted with the city he called home for most of his life, his memories begin to come alive. And as he mines his past and considers life moving forward -- for himself and his building -- Otto embarks on a remarkable journey that will change everything he ever thought he knew.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sean Barrett

Length:

9h 37m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

24:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

13:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

19:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:32


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:34


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

30:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

27:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

23:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

23:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:07