Book Reviews

Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14

BOOK REVIEWS Book Reviews by Georgy Lost and Found by Tom Winter Published by Constable & Robinson Ltd Carol and Albert don’t know each other, but both are lost souls. Carol feels trapped in a lifeless marriage to a man she doesn’t like, let alone love. Albert feels surplus to requirements in his last weeks before retirement from the Post Office. When Carol’s friend suggests she writes a “letter to the universe”, to vent her anger and frustration at life, the letters go to the undeliverable mail Feature: Georgy Jamieson @ByGeorgePR1 Road to Rouen by Ben Hatch Published by Headline Book Publishing After travelling around the UK with his family in Are We Nearly There Yet?, Ben and his family are off again; this time exploring the delights of France. You don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one, but don’t expect a travel guide. Road to Rouen may be about travel but it’s by no means a tour book. This is about family, marriage, holidays with children and trying to get on Hello, Darlings: The Authorized Biography of Kenny Everett by James Hogg and Robert Sellers Published by Transworld Books I only remember Kenny Everett from his TV shows, so this authorized biography is a real eye opener, because I knew nothing about his pioneering work on radio – and it really was pioneering! There were crazy characters, elaborate jingles and all sorts of technical wizardry to put his shows at the forefront of a revolution in radio. 58 www.fredolsencruises.com room at the sorting office where Albert is working. Albert draws strength from these letters to deal with his own life and past. He decides to track Carol down. This book is funny in places, yet achingly sad in others. The characters are well drawn; you feel you know them and so want to know what happens to them. There’s also a good twist at the end, which I didn’t anticipate. For a story that is so charming and well written it is peppered with some coarse language, but I guess that reflects the frustrations of modern life! It’s still a thoroughly good read though. together when you spend so much time in each other’s company. It’s a roller coaster ride of a holiday with disasters and adventures galore, all under scored by problems with home and work still looming over the family as they try to understand the French way of life. I found it hilarious in places, touching in others and down right frustrating at times. In other words, it’s just like real life, which of course is what the book is about. If you’ve ever travelled in a car on a long journey with small children or grandchildren, this will make you laugh, cry and smile knowingly. Hello, Darlings revels in Everett’s radio and TV career. While it doesn’t shy away from the sackings, scandals and his private life, it’s all told in “the best possible taste” to use one of Kenny’s famous catchphrases. The research is immaculate, with contributions from family, friends and showbiz peers and pals. They were there when Kenny ruled the airwaves, became an 80s king of comedy and did lots of other things, like star in a west end musical too. This is a fascinating and nostalgic read that takes you back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s.


Closer Magazine Winter 2013-14
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