Walter's retirement leads to mental breakdown. His prescribed therapy is to sail around the world in a yacht called Therapy. As he leaves harbour, he observes his wife walking away on the arm of his psychiatrist. On his weird and wonderful voyage he has some fantastic adventures, is joined by a mysterious, beautiful siren and is boarded by pirates. There are massive highs and lows along the way and twists right up to the end. This is pure fiction as every part of the story is totally unbelievable, yet the reader is captured by the spirit and begins to wish that it were reality. By the end of the book, we are left wondering, "Was it real, or was it all just a dream?" A brilliantly unique read and the pace makes it very easy to relax into. Great therapy!
And if you like this one, you'll LOVE Pat O'Connor's second novel, which, characteristically of Walter himself, is actually the prequel to the first!
"Walter Minion's Secret Life" is not available through Amazon, but you should be able to find a copy for yourself if you have a look at the Walter Minion web site.
Walter's life is a continuous flow of fantasies as he makes his accidental mark on world affairs and gets himself involved in shaping modern history. Fantastic though the story of Walter's life is, it is only a step or two removed from what would be a very ordinary life, and so it seems totally plausible.
From his boring life as a civil servant, Walter finds himself catapulted into the world of high espionage, being flown around the world and advising world leaders. This is an extremely entertaining read. The action never stops. The conclusion of each chapter leaves the reader anticipating the next.