The Last of The Bowmans

The story of a family on the run from itself in a city with no place to go.

After an absence of some seven years, Greg Bowman returns from America to find his father lying in a bamboo coffin, his estranged brother Billy stalking a woman with no feet and his seventy-nine-year-old Uncle Frank planning to rob a bank. While renovating the family house he is unexpectedly visited by the presence of his dead father and charged with the task of ‘fixing’ the family. In the course of his reluctant investigations, Greg discovers not only the secrets behind the strange behaviour of his brother and uncle but also an unsettling secret of his father’s, and one that brings him face to face with the unintended consequences of his own past.


»Perfectly balances eccentricity and humour with reality and heartbreak.«
Page to Stage Reviews

»In 'The Last of the Bowmans', he showcases more of the black humour and unlikely charm that won him fans of 'Last Bus to Coffeeville'. A chronicle of a family in crisis, peopled with eccentric characters and turning skilfully from comedy to poignancy.«
Telegraph and Argus

»There's a rich vein of surreal black comedy throughout 'The Last of the Bowmans'.«
The Book Bag

»An amiably weird take on family life.«
Daily Mail

»There were some bittersweet moments, some strange moments and some outright funny moments...a lovely, surprising read.«
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Original Language

English, No Exit Press

Further Editions

audiobook (UK) - audible

Available Material

English pdf

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J. Paul Henderson

J Paul Henderson was born and grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire, gained a Master’s degree in American Studies and travelled to Afghanistan. He worked in a foundry, as a bus conductor, trained as an accountant and then, when the opportunity to return to academia arose, he left for Mississippi, returning four years later with a doctorate in 20th Century US History. With American History university departments either closing or contracting, he opted for a career in academic publishing. He now lives in the North of England, drives a car and owns a television set. And that, in his own words, is 'about it'.