When Tim Melrose is made redundant, he has a choice: stack shelves in Waitrose – or risk the hazards of self-employment.
He begins in Milton Keynes, helping his former employer with their Customer Education. Tim’s hunt for work takes him north- and he buys a cottage near Grant’s Quarry, a new town development not far from Edinburgh. Here, with wife, his dog and his golf clubs, Tim is persuaded by the hostess of the Bonnie Prince to help the village organise a nativity play, a village raffle and an Easter Fete (with unfortunate side effects).
Between his episodes of freelance work, the necessary trips around the country and Community Involvement, Tom’s story includes a VAT inspection, an adventure with the Small Claims Court and eggs-for-golfing holidays in Wester Ross.