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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: John Murray (2002)
  • ASIN: B0035SBEN6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 885,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Matthew is the author of Dog Treats, Now We Are Sixty, When We Were Fifty and The Man Who Dropped the Le Creuset on his Toe. He lives in London and Suffolk.

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139 of 143 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
Many years ago I found a book in a book shop that made me laugh out loud so much I had to buy it, if only to avoid the withering glances I was getting from other customers and the staff. That book was The Diary of Adrian Mole; I read it a good while before it became well known and turned into a TV series.
It has taken me all this time to find another book that had the same effect. Now We Are Sixty by Christopher Matthew is that book.
I stood in the bookshop unable to stop laughing. And I'm no where near sixty yet! I gave a copy to my father in law for Christmas and he loved it.
It does help if you are familiar with the original poems by Milne, that way you get the rhyme in your head and the poem flows better. but even if you are not you will appreciate the remix of of Milne's work. The weird joining together of a wistful longing for the past, plus cynical observations of modern life and sureal poetry really works well.
What else can I say? The book will be a classic of humourous poetry for years to come. Buy it, read it, love it.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mr J Birch on 18 May 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for my father for his 60th, just as he bought me "Now we are six" for my sixth.
And he loved it. Everything - including the clever cover design - is a delight and a feast for Pooh reading parents.
In fact he has been talking about it almost every time we have met since. All his friends now seem to be buying copies as well - at least those who know the original (this is essential otherwise you won't get it, I gather), so there must be a run on this in the bookshops of Devon.
The perfect parody.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I too laughed out loud. I appreciated the way the poems stayed true to the original metres and themes, but in a modern and adult setting. As in any collection one will have favourites, and others which fail to hold attention, but I am already finding pleasure in dipping back in. A very succesful Christmas present to me, and we will be buying more to give away ourselves.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Mar. 2000
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I read this book as a 28 year old and delighted in the modern outlook on life. It evokes very vivid comical life situations in an optimistic and child like innocent fashion. I bought it immediately for my sixty year old mother and she loved it. It gives anyone a "lift" to read it.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Helen Walker on 29 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am not yet sixty! I opened this book as an A A Milne lover. And closed it as a Christopher Matthews lover too. The modern translation hits home! One can't help but to identify!! Fun. Idiosyncratic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meg on 10 Jan. 2014
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this was a gift for a friend reaching sixty and she absolutely loved it!! SHE PARTICULARLY LIKED THE HUMOROUS APPROACH TO THE REAL PROBLEMS OF GROWING OLDER!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Herbert on 13 Dec. 1999
Format: Hardcover
In my second childhood at 60+ I laughed out loud (in a public place) when I first broused through this book. True to its predecessor in rhythm it evokes ones memories of Christopher Robin et al but in a modern setting. I loved it and have ordered some for presents this Xmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Aching on 28 July 2014
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Bought for a closet Pooh fan who has a sense of humour reflective of his advancing years! He had lots of wonderful presents but seemed genuinely pleased and amused by this modest little gem
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