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Frantic [Kindle Edition]

Frances Lynn
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Early Seventies survivors will nostalgically confirm the authenticity of this frantic 'reportage', if they have any brain-cells left. Their children should also be fascinated by this dis-inhibited period of history, just to see why their hippy-hearted parents are still stuck in their tarnished flower-power time warp.

Alice, a young English girl escapes London at the tail end of the Sixties for a sojourn in San Francisco. She quickly discovers that the psychedelic world of tie-dye and joss sticks belongs to the previous decade when she becomes involved with the unwitting creators of Glam Rock: a glitter daubed, sprawling theatre group, leftovers from the insular Haight-Ashbury crowd. Alice gets sucked in beyond her head, but just when the crazy theatre group's popularity overdoses, she goes over the top and is shipped back to London. By now, the early Seventies are in full decay, as is Alice. She continues her frantic slide by falling in obsession with a fragmented member of the Art World. Their exhausting fling, fuelled by a cocktail of excess is interrupted by repetitive bouts of insanity, like a San Francisco acid flashback. No holds are barred in this funny but shocking saga of drug fractured psyches. It's hard to predict who will stagger on into the Eighties intact.

From the Inside Flap

Alice was born in a London Hospital during the Year of the Tiger and almost expired from a heavy chest cold but pulled through to face another lifetime thanks to the hospital’s Intensive Care unit. After that start, the road went steadily downwards.

Author Frances Lynn, herself a survivor of the steaming Seventies, bars no holds and pulls no punches when telling the story of a wayward girl staggering into the drug-infested circles in San Francisco and London on her way to doom and destruction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Eiworth Publishing (5 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #476,974 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Frances Lynn was born in St Mary's Hospital Paddington in London and was educated at Malvern Girls' College. She started her journalistic career when she wrote the 'bitch' gossip column for the defunct Ritz Newspaper. She was also a freelance journalist and wrote so many film columns, she was forced to to use a pseudo name for some of her bylines. She has written two novels: "Crushed", a Young Adult novel which she illustrated, and also "Frantic" about the early Seventies set in London and San Francisco. She got the idea for "Frantic" when she used to hang out in David Hockney's basement during the early Seventies. Her non-fiction book "Willing To Die For It", a biography on Dr Sammy Lee, an early IVF pioneer was published by Murray Print in 2010. "Frantic" was republished by Eiworth Publishing with a cover by Celia Birtwell in 2010. Frances lynn is currently writing her third novel.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She lived to tell the tale 3 July 2009
By G. Sams
There I was, down in the basement of Seed Restaurant in the psychedelic Sixties, dishing up the first organically grown natural foods to ever grace a British restaurant table. It was the cool place to eat, and the cream (and the whey) of the `underground' scene came through; one felt immense pride to be introducing them to wholesome living. That is, until Frances Lynn's book Frantic came into my hands.

Now I realize that once off-premises, many of my loyal customers proceeded to do everything possible to counter-balance their healthful experience at Seed, ingesting things that were definitely not macrobiotic and engaging in decidedly unwholesome behaviour. How could they! The brown rice obviously wasn't `speaking' to them.

Sure they had fun, and Frances spares no details in her rich and fulsome recounting of the wilder side of London and San Francisco in the late 60's/early 70's, so much so that I feel like I was there - and I was, but now know what part of "there" I was missing out upon. But at what price, the fun? After reading her book, I am not sure whether to feel left out of the action, or smug that I spent that time chewing each mouthful a hundred times. I can feel both.

Thank the muses; Frances unbelievably survived to tell the tale, managing to do so without glorifying her colourful characters. I'd rather laugh at their faults and foibles than feel sad for them, recognizing that had they got with the wholesome programme then Frances may never have written her very entertaining book. Would the world be a poorer place thereby?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice through a '70s looking glass 24 May 2010
In 'Frantic' we follow Alice, a naive English girl, aching to rebel against her posh upbringing, as she descends into a glittery hell peopled with dangerous grotesques and dusted with white powder.

After sharpening her claws on the butt end of the sixties, author Frances Lynn tears into the seventies' alternative scene with glee, exposing the hypocrisy, shallowness and sad junkie lifestyles of the 'beautiful people'. However, this is not just a novel about sex, drugs and rock n' roll; it's a novel filtered through them. So the reader gets to enjoy vivid acid tinged prose, and riotous cartoon depictions of San Francisco and London. At times, the style is reminiscent of counter-culture icons William S. Burroughs and Robert Anton Wilson, but with a fairy-tale sweetness neither of those authors have.

Fans of Frances Lynn's "Crushed", will recognise the same storytelling skills but may be shocked at the unbridled content. Freed from the constraints of writing for a teen audience, the author can display the the sharp wit which made her Britain's bitchiest columnist.

Like Alice says: "Wowee Zowee!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frantic is a trip 30 July 2007
Welcome to the world of sex, drugs, and disintegration. Frantic chronicles the crazy journey of Alice, an English girl, who somehow survives the insanity of the drug circles in San Francisco and London during the early seventies. There are many off-the-wall moments in Frantic, and Frances Lynn captures them with superb humor and amazing clarity.

Alice, like Alice in Wonderland, is on a trip. There are many colorful characters along the way. But there are many pitfalls as well, including trips to the mental hospital and attempted murder. I would say more but I don't want to give anything away.

Alice is a character that is very likeable, due to her resilience, passion, and knack for seeing through people. Lynn exposes the shallowness and general attitude problems of her characters, while at the same time rendering them in a vulnerable desperate state. There's something ominous in the air which becomes more and more apparent as you read on. Yet, I still found myself laughing through these moments.

Frances Lynn, who also wrote the book Crushed, is an extremely witty writer, whose character descriptions are unlike any that I have read before. They are often merciless, but they are not cold blooded assassinations. There's a ring of truth to them, which is what makes them so funny. Regardless, I would hate to be at the receiving end of Frances's pen.

Frantic is a great story that I highly recommend. Even for those who did not live through that period, this book will entertain you simply because it's such a spirited and hilarious ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ! A rollercoaster of a read! 13 Jan 2013
By Lucy
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Funny, fast, furious! you won't be able to put it down. Epitomising the spirit of the seventies Frantic had me in it's grip from page one right through to it's finale. True to it's title it is far far more than just a gentle wander down Memory Lane or brief reflection and backwards glance towards the lost and distant land of youth and chance. As an experience, Frantic is total, much more than simply a fascinating tale of life in the seventies, the story of a young girl who discovers and loses herself to a lifestyle defined by sex drugs and rock and roll, and yet, somehow, still retains a kind of innocence. It's wit is one of its greatest qualities, but there is also an underlying wisdom - Whether or not you grew up in the seventies this book will have you hooked!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 10 Dec 2012
By Pamlg
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Frantic really makes one relive the era, I loved and grew up true and well written. Congratulations to the author!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writer
Frantic reads like a witty but deranged roller coaster of a Coming of Age Memoir, which is no bad thing, as I couldn't resist laughing out loud throughout. Read more
Published 19 months ago by dartysue
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a GREAT book
I first read this book when it was originally published, and have re-read it as a Kindle edition. I just love it! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Andrew Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Frantic!!
This is a great read,harks back to those crazy days where we did what we liked with no health and safety to inhibit us. couldn't put it down and now it's on Kindle. Read more
Published 19 months ago by waynebird
5.0 out of 5 stars Frances Was There
Frances was there, she knows all and tells all! I was lucky enough to work with Frances on the now-defunct but, in its day, cool London magazine 'Ritz' where she was the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Iain Finlayson
5.0 out of 5 stars Frantic Alice!
I enjoyed follwong Alice through the various scenes and happenings. I laughed out loud in places and enjoyed the bouncy humourous nature of the book. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2010 by Stuart Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars She lived to tell the tale
There I was, down in the basement of Seed Restaurant in the psychedelic Sixties, dishing up the first organically grown natural foods to ever grace a British restaurant table. Read more
Published on 22 May 2010 by Gregory Sams
5.0 out of 5 stars Frantic left me Breathless
I was very fortunate to get a preview copy of Frantic.Frantic reads like an entertaining fast paced movie. Read more
Published on 17 May 2010 by David Blyth
From heroin to Lithium and back again..before finally arriving in a village called Sanity on the other side of Blissland. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2006 by Ulla de Mora
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