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Man Booker Prize: The Overstory

The Overstory was shortlisted for this year’s Booker Prize and one of the favourites to win. 

It is a story of trees connecting generations, connecting strangers and connected to each other. One thread of the plot focusses in on a farmer who takes a chestnut to the mid-west and plants it, hoping that it grows and it does grow. The tree escapes the Dutch elm disease that affects its species on the East coast and becomes a local landmark. The man’s descendants document the growth of the tree with photos and paintings.  Eventually when the tree starts to die then the last surviving family member sells up and moves on.
 
A pension like a tree can start from small beginnings, with the first contribution acting as the planting of a seed. They have to weather storms such as market downturns but also benefit from times when stocks and shares are going up in value. It is worth regularly reviewing and documenting their progress. Your pension eventually could become your second most valuable asset after your home and with current rules, become part of your legacy to your children and grandchildren.
 
If you wish to know more about how to start a pension, care for a pension or what to do with it now it has grown to be a mighty chestnut tree, please call one of our specialists at TPAS on 0800 011 3797.

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