How do you talk to a five-year-old boy when his mother's just died? How do you look after him? And how do you cope when your
eleven-year-old son by a previous marriage comes to live with you too?
'We've lived for years now,' writes Simon Carr, 'in a whole new, all-mate institution. Given its inadequacies as a child-rearing unit, I like it. It's so different from a household run by a woman. It's home atone, except there are three of us.'