I’m reading Louis de Bernieres’s newest novel called Nothwithstanding. The title, holding the name of a forgotten English village carries the appropriate flavour of country life tales reminiscent of HE Bates & Henry Williamson.  Its comedy composed of everyday bungling escapades also reminds me of H.G. Well’s Mr. Britling Sees it Through.  Nothwithstanding is so funny with its community of eccentric characters and this too, imbued with the author’s  dry humour that I have to stop myself from laughing aloud in public.