A charming light read, with much to recommend it.
Major Pettigrew's well-ordered life in retirement begins to crumble when his brother dies. In his grief, he starts to get to know a neighbour better. Whilst gently sending up the 'traditional' English white upper middle class gentlemen Helen Simonson decompresses issues of race and culture. Gentle humour throughout keeps the book interesting.
The surprise ending seems a little surreal in contrast to the slow-moving flow of the main part of the book, but all in all the best book I've read this year.