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The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 [Kindle Edition]

J.B. Morrison
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (364 customer reviews)

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Frank Derrick is eighty-one. And he's just been run over by a milk float.

It was tough enough to fill the hours of the day when he was active. But now he's broken his arm and fractured his foot, it looks set to be a very long few weeks ahead. Frank lives with his cat Bill (which made more sense before Ben died) in the typically British town of Fullwind-on-Sea. He watches DVDs, spends his money frivolously at the local charity shop and desperately tries to avoid cold callers continually knocking on his door.

Then a breath of fresh air comes into his life in the form of Kelly Christmas, home help. With her little blue car and appalling parking, her cheerful resilience and ability to laugh at his jokes, Kelly changes Frank's extra ordinary life. She reminds him that there is a world beyond the four walls of his flat and that adventures, however small, come to people of all ages.

Frank and Kelly's story is sad and funny, moving, familiar, uplifting. It is a small and perfect look at a life neither remarkable nor disastrous, but completely extraordinary nonetheless. For fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry this is a quirky, life-affirming story that has enormous appeal. And it's guaranteed to make you laugh.



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Warm and funny, this book will leave you with a satisfied smile (Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, bestselling author of The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules)

If you want a novel with some laugh out loud lines and a truly endearing central character, look no further (frannyandperks)

The novel rescues the elderly for us, paints them as just older versions of ourselves, with the same anchors in shared popular culture and the same wish to be interested, involved, inspired (Lloyd Shepherd)

A book that made me laugh out loud (Fluffyowlsadventure)

Frank's story is not only very funny, it's touching and warm too. J B Morrison has a way with words that draws the reader in so completely, and Frank becomes the centre of your world (randomthingsthroughmyletterbox)

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Frank Derrick is eighty-one. And he's just been run over by a milk float.

It was tough enough to fill the hours of the day when he was active. But now he's broken his arm and fractured his foot, it looks set to be a very long few weeks ahead. Frank lives with his cat Bill (which made more sense before Ben died) in the typically British town of Fullwind-on-Sea. He watches DVDs, spends his money frivolously at the local charity shop and desperately tries to avoid cold callers continually knocking on his door.

Then a breath of fresh air comes into his life in the form of Kelly Christmas, home help. With her little blue car and appalling parking, her cheerful resilience and ability to laugh at his jokes, Kelly changes Frank's extra ordinary life. She reminds him that there is a world beyond the four walls of his flat and that adventures, however small, come to people of all ages.

Frank and Kelly's story is sad and funny, moving, familiar, uplifting. It is a small and perfect look at a life neither remarkable nor disastrous, but completely extraordinary nonetheless. For fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry this is a quirky, life-affirming story that has enormous appeal. And it's guaranteed to make you laugh.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 960 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IXLVX0E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (364 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sad and heartwarming 6 Jun. 2014
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I loved Driving Jarvis Ham and was delighted to discover that J.B.Morrison had written another novel.

When I saw the title I wondered if I would be in for another The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared (another favourite) but, whilst there are some parallels in an elderly but still very young at heart protagonist , Frank Derrick is more grounded in the reality that is old age in Britain today. This does not mean that the book is all doom and gloom - Morrison's wonderful humour prevents that and, in Frank Derrick, he has created a very funny lonely old man of the 21st century.

Frank falls under a milk float and , in doing so, his life takes a turn for the better bringing the lovely young professional carer Kelly Christmas into his life. Kelly gives his life purpose and the much needed company that his widowhood has deprived him of.

The book provides plenty to think about - old people are so often portrayed as ,well, OLD but Frank is thoroughly modern in his outlook - long silver hair, a friend who was a Punk, not too old to consider a tattoo and fully aware of email and the Internet even if not immersed in them. And that's how pensioners are today ( I speak from experience).

I urge you to give this a try. It's funny, it's sad but most of all it is heartwarming.

And when you've read it, go and make a cup of tea for a lonely old person.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 Jun. 2014
By CycleRacing HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I didn't have any expectations of whether I was going to like this book before I read it as I have never previously read a book by this author. But after reading it, I can say that I really loved it.

I'm not going o give a synopsis of the book as it's already on the product page... But what that page doesn't tell you is the way in which the author can really make a connection and bond between the characters in the story, and the reader. I really began to feel an affection for Frank. He was a real personality. Some of the lines that he comes out with are laugh out loud funny. Others make you think, and others make you realise and acknowledge how frail people really can be.

This is a talented author who writes about people in such an engaging way that it's easy to become pretty immersed in your reading!

Recommended.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant un-put-downable sort of book. 9 July 2014
Format:Paperback
I read this in a day as it's one of those un-put-downable sort of books. I must be honest and say I pretty much love anything written by Mr Morrison, and do check out his albums as they are, as you would expect from his fiction, works of genius (and no I wasn't paid to say this). Having read Driving Jarvis Ham, Goodnight Jim Bob and Storage Stories, I already knew the Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick would be good and I wasn't disappointed as it's the best of the lot.

We will all get old (if we're lucky) and what happens then? We will still be what we are, admittedly with wrinklier skin and a weaker bladder, but fundamentally we will be the same, although our youth obsessed society will dismiss us and what the hell will that feel like?

J.B Morrison (aka as Jim Bob from Carter USM fame) has written a beautiful novel that captures the bittersweet nature of the ageing process perfectly with his character of everyman, Frank Derrick, an incredibly funny, but lonely 81 year old with long hair and a love of film and the Sex Pistols.

Mr Morrison drags out into the light our hidden fears of the ageing process (well mine anyway, I'm getting on).

Exploring desire, loss, love, fear and loneliness all mixed together with a large and lovely dollop of laugh out loud humour; he tells the tale of a middling sort of life, a man who in the greater scheme of things has achieved little, apart from having a wife he loved and who loved him and a daughter that he was devoted to. But with his wife dead and his daughter in America, Frank is left to live out his remaining years alone. With a stinging humour and a refusal to be patronised, as the elderly often are, Frank is a man who will not go gentle into that good night.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 5 Jun. 2014
By Book Addict Shaun TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Frank Derrick is eighty-one. And he's just been run over by a milk float. Okay I don't know about you but that's one of the best openings to a book blurb I think I've ever read. I had no idea what to expect from this book and really, it's like nothing I've ever read before. I read mostly crime fiction, chick lit, thrillers, true crime and autobiographies. So this book was very different from my normal read but I absolutely loved it.

Frank is a wonderful and hilarious character. I warmed to him straight away and he had me laughing many times throughout the book. He lives somewhat of a lonely life as his wife has passed away and his daughter lives abroad. When he is hit by a milk float his daughter arranges some home help which at first Frank does not want. When he meets Kelly Christmas however he is left having second thoughts, and wishing that he had made a better impression. No sooner is she out the door after her first visit and he's counting down the days till she returns. Soon they form a lovely friendship and Frank has to resort to finding ways to keep her coming round and also to pay her which makes for some funny scenes.

The book is incredibly funny, and I could fill a review with some of the one liners but I think this is a book which should be read and discovered by the reader and they to can fall in love with the story. It's quite a life affirming read and left me actually questioning my own life. At 24 I already have some regrets about what I have and haven't done and that really shouldn't be the case. With older people in particular I think people sometimes forget they were young people themselves too, with hopes and dreams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to make you think and chuckle along with.
Great book, so funny actually had me laughing out loud in places. Well written and shows understanding of the characters so insightful and thought provoking. Read more
Published 4 days ago by LynnH
5.0 out of 5 stars I very much enjoyed reading about this life story
Now this book proved to be something special, I very much enjoyed reading about this life story, Many thanks to the extraordinary author - look forward to reading more of his work... Read more
Published 8 days ago by B. Alexander
1.0 out of 5 stars I loved the little old lady but not this
This was recommended for people who enjoyed the little old lady who broke all the rules. The only thing the books have in common was older central characters. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jo Windsor
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
A feel good very funny book - I have ordered extra copies as gifts
Published 17 days ago by Jessica Toy
4.0 out of 5 stars I was hooked from the start
I have only just started reading it but I am hooked.Its a bit like "the hundred year old man who jumped out of the window and disappeared."
Published 25 days ago by Ann Billinghurst
5.0 out of 5 stars witty tale of the over 60s
quirky and witty tale of a pensioner who gets a new spark of life when he is hooked up with a home help
Published 28 days ago by kim kennedy
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
doesn't have a very good plot. If you want a boring plot its good for you.
Published 1 month ago by adriantaylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Very witty
Great read, I'd recommend this book.
Published 1 month ago by N. J. Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read...
This book is quite simply brilliant. I couldn't put it down and at points it had me literally laughing out loud!
Published 1 month ago by Sophie Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
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