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

J.B. Morrison
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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: 824 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (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 (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 Jun. 2014
By CycleRacing HALL OF FAME TOP 10 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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14 of 15 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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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 5 Jun. 2014
By BookAddictShaun 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it.
Delightfully quirky story of an imaginative yet believable character aged 81. enjoyed it.
Published 4 days ago by daphne matthews
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
So very boring, same thing every page and nothing to excite or catch the reader's attention. I slogged through it but have no reason why I bothered. Read more
Published 4 days ago by LuciaRosalia
5.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive and Deftly Written
For a book in which nothing much happens (excluding the incident with the milk float) and really is the recounting of an "extra ordinary" life, this is absolutely... Read more
Published 8 days ago by V. G. Harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it.
Easy read and made me laugh out loud. This book will never win any literary reads but will be light relief and pull on the hearts strings. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Tfotherby36
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & Sad
Found this book very funny at times but also quite sad thinking how lonely it can be when you are 81 years old. Read more
Published 14 days ago by stevie
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet look at old age, but it doesn't really develop.
The characters are believable, the dialogue is well written and the humour is gentle but this book somehow lacks depth. Read more
Published 21 days ago by review222
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Lovely read
Published 24 days ago by Georgina1995
3.0 out of 5 stars ... trying authors I haven't read before and this got good reviews so...
I have been trying authors I haven't read before and this got good reviews so I thought I would give it a go. Read more
Published 24 days ago by J. King
4.0 out of 5 stars Gave me a good laugh a few times. Great read.
This is funny, sweet, and very enjoyable. I really laughed out loud at a couple points, and I can't remember the last time I did that when reading a novel.
Published 26 days ago by Matthew James Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy book to read you just keep turning the pages ...
An easy book to read you just keep turning the pages or sliding your finger if kindle version. An interesting story I found myself liking frank more and more.
Published 1 month ago by licklebooks
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