Pigeon Fancying is a light hearted and amusing story involving two interwoven plots. Lanfranco DeLuca, an Italian émigré made good, who lives in the Leicestershire countryside, has a passion for pigeon racing. His prize breeding bird, recently bought at great expense, is failing to perform his stud duties. Desperate measures involving an avian kidnapping are necessary to restore DeLuca’s pride and purse.
Joe Landseer is tired of life, or at least of London. He is torn between a taste of bucolic harmony restoring the dilapidated small holding in Leicestershire bequeathed him by a great aunt, and a career in Brixton as a struggling journalist supported by his ambitious partner Louise. To complicate matters he falls in love with Alice, a scientist working in Leicester on Pigeon Fancier’s Lung, who gets caught up in DeLuca’s scam.
Walter is a man of few words, but great sagacity. He takes Joe under his wing and resolves both his dilemma, and the mystery of the barren pigeon.
John Littlefair lives in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. He grew up in Carnforth and Devon, and then trained in medicine in Cambridge and London, qualifying in 1980 to work as a junior doctor in London. John then trained to be an academic physician and was later appointed to be a senior lecturer in Leicester, where he has worked ever since he was promoted to the inaugural chair in respiratory medicine in 1999. He is now based at Glenfield Hospital but is retiring shortly to focus on writing. This is John’s first published book.