Frank Anderson is in the depths of despair. After his selfish wife walks out on him, his long-established dairy herd is horrifically wiped out in front of his eyes in the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2001. Then a botched suicide attempt is followed by some explosive, life-changing news...Frank discovers he has a grown-up son in London, over from his homeland - Australia - to be with his dying grandmother. A son who subsequently comes to stay with his natural father. How will these two complete strangers get along? And why has the boy's uncle, who coincidentally lives nearby, been disinherited by his own mother? Renewal is an uplifting story, gloriously peppered with vivid, often humorous depictions of all sorts of local characters and describing the daily ups and downs, tittle-tattle and trivia that make up life in a small rural community. The author's descriptive prose whisks the reader along, whilst painting a rich and vibrant portrayal of farming life, the ever-shifting weather patterns and changing seasons in the heart of the beautiful Devon countryside. Howard Lewis takes inspiration from a number of authors, including Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, John Stewart Collis and Sebastian Faulks. Renewal will appeal to anyone who enjoys a well-written book that is entertaining, occasionally brings a chuckle or a lump to the throat and ultimately lifts the heart.