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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Eiworth Publishing (6 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095536728X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955367281
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,636,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Sams on 3 July 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By Brett Nicholas Moore on 30 July 2007
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. A. Ashenden on 24 May 2010
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. A. Ashenden on 17 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
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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