Duty Free

Perhaps I should just go… by staying, I have put a cork in my half-decanted bottle.

I was planning to release my book back in 2018, but life takes over and I got held up doing other things… life does that to you. Which I think is what my book is about, so it makes perfect sense that I couldn’t even publish the book on time.

Jack Water, the central character in Looking for Eden, is a lost soul searching desperately for a beach to land on. Lost in a storm of his own making, he re-finds himself on the same beach that his good friend Stan died on twelve months earlier – washed out to sea in a sea of arms, and lost forever.

One morning, Jack wakes early and ambles along the seafront in hope of peace – a respite from the spite of his existence – and he finds a cafe, takes a seat and stares at rain drops streaming down the window pane. And he ponders that he should just leave this life behind, jump on a plane and start again in some foreign land.

“Perhaps I should just go… by staying, I have put a cork in my half-decanted bottle. If I left I could pop into duty free when I landed and stock up on a new perspective. And no one would know that I had struggled for a while.


I could leave my baggage in Any Town and reinvent myself as Jack Water, Renaissance Man, instead of Jack Shit, Everyman.”

Excerpt From: Dominic Penhale. “Looking for Eden.”