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It is usually women who are credited with babyhunger and the misery that goes with desperately wanting a child but being unable to have one. In Sweet Old World, Robertson considers the longing of a man for a family.
Australian expatriate David Quinn is turning 43, single and seeking. In his cottage on the harsh Aran Island of Inishmore he fantasises about a baby snuggled on his bed and reassures himself that there is still time. Now author of exposés of government and corporate stuff-ups, his philosophy in life has been saying yes to everything – which may explain the unsatisfying series of long-term liaisons now past that we glimpse as the novel unfolds.
David makes himself responsible for a Fremantle teenager, a holiday acquaintance of close friends, who dines at his house and has an accident on her