Alfie Jolly is fifty-nine and unhappy with his life. More specifically, with his birthdays.
You see, none of them have been any good and with his sixtieth on its way, Alfie can't help but think he's been wronged.
"This book is based upon my own childhood," explains Mark, "and my life growing up in Lindfield Meadow Lane.
"It is always nice to take a long walk down a lane called Memory, and I hope after reading this book, the children make the most of their time!"
Spur of the moment, Alfie decides he wants to return/recycle all of his old birthdays. The only trick now is to find out how.
A trip the North Pole, a chat with Father Christmas, and a flight to Egypt later, Alfie meets Father Birthday who, eventually, agrees to help turn back the clock. Literally.
Suddenly Alfie is a child again, reliving each birthday and making new and better memories.
Like in 1966 when he and his family travel to Disney World, or go to the fair in 1967 or when he relives the moon landing where the love his life, pretty Suzy Gentry sits next to him on the sofa.
His life is great with dancing again in classes and racing around with his twin, but it isn't long before shadows start creeping in to this dream childhood of never-ending birthdays.
Is it a case of be careful what you wish for or be grateful for every moment you have – before it ends?