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Don is just about to experience the happiest moment of his life

By Michel Faber   January 2004

Don, son of people no longer living, husband of Alice, father of Drew and Aleesha, is very, very close to experiencing the happiest moment of his life. It’s 10.03am according to his watch, and he is travelling down through the Scottish highlands to Inverness, tired and ever so slightly anxious in case he falls asleep between now and when the train reaches the station, and misses his cue to say to Alice, Drew and Aleesha: “OK, this is Inverness, let’s move it. His wife and children are dozing, worn out by sightseeing; the responsibility rests on his shoulders. He doesn’t…

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