It starts with a football match but it’s not a football story. On emerging from a period of delirium, Steve finds himself in hospital with his father at his bedside but absolutely no idea of what has happened.
Nevertheless, what begins is a worldwide journey through the memories of a man from the first generation of backpackers. Whether he’s in Central America surrounded by soldiers with AK-47s levelled at his head, arrested in an isolated village on the Caribbean coast, involved in a disturbing ceremony of witchcraft in South America, or simply dealing with the problems of travelling on a shoestring budget, it’s all part and parcel of backpacking.
However, Half-Time not only illustrates how a near-death experience can often lead us to reflect on the life we have lived, but also shows how those memories can be just what is needed to overcome the pain and despair of a major trauma. It presents the love between a father and son as the inspiration to write a fascinating collection of travel tales, all intricately connected by a moving central story.
Half-Time reflects upon the game of life while unwittingly inspiring the desire to achieve our goals before the final whistle is blown.
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