Womanising, hard-drinking and getting through the day on the few quid in his pocket are the main preoccupations of 'resting' actor Charles Harwood. Not for him the fill-in jobs of supply teaching, minicab driving, telephone sales or bar work. He is only interested in acting. And without a job to go to his aimless day takes on a structure all of its own. He wends his way through traffic jams to a humiliating audition, wastes time in the pub, attends someone else's opening night party, and has a sexual encounter with a soigne star with an arthritic hip. Along the way the reader encounters Alan Ford's exact observation of London topography, bus routes, human vanities and linguistic traits; his ability to spin a good yarn; and his open heart.
Alan Ford is one of Britain's best-known actors and has appeared in many movies, including Farenheit 451, The Squeeze, The Long Good Friday, Snatch, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. His numerous TV appearances include The Alan Partridge Show, The Bill, Minder, EastEnders, Little Napoleons and Law and Order. He has also worked at The Old Half Moon Theatre in London's East End, and Theatre Royal Stratford East. This is his first book.