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The Generation Club [Kindle Edition]

Annette Keen
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It all started with a simple idea and a few postcard ads in local shop windows...

Enter six people who have never met before, with two things in common: they’re each first-call carers, and every one of them is struggling.

But with the support network of the newly-formed Generation Club behind them they start to get their own lives back, with spin-off benefits – plus some unexpected bonuses for their dependents, too.

This is a feel-good story of friendship and solidarity which proves the old adage that you get out of life in direct proportion to what you put in. Brought together by their shared circumstances, the Gen Club girls (and guy) find that the end of the tether is a lot further away than they’d imagined...

The Generation Club won the 2008 Yeovil Literary Prize.

The judge’s comments were:

'Clever multiple viewpoint novel concerning the daily life of people with elderly parents. This is delicately, empathetically and amusingly handled. Each character is accessible and we empathise immediately. We see them as a group, they are also well placed in their individual lives. This is superbly organised, thoughtful and relevant to today. Bravo!' Margaret Graham, bestselling international author, creative writing tutor and judge of the Yeovil Literary Prize.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Sunbird Publishing (11 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6BQYIK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #504,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, pacey, character driven 22 Nov. 2012
Format:Paperback
The concept of this book is ingenious - a group of people, each caring for an elderly relative, drawn together by a common need. From the first page I was totally involved with these wonderfully drawn characters that make up the Generation Club. For a short while they were my close friends and I had to know what happened to each of them. At the same time I didn't want the book to finish and towards the end I only allowed myself to read a few pages at a time, spinning the story out for as long as possible. I wasn't disappointed at the end either, for the resolution was perfect. This is the book to give your best friend for Christmas and birthdays.
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By suwarri
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This is a captivating, and I believe, an important novel about a group of friends and their elderly relatives. The writer focuses on a theme that will affect us all in one way or another in the twenty-first century as care for the elderly is an issue currently causing much public concern. I think this book should be on every social work course reading list and on the 'must read' lists of all those caring for an elderly person or who are thinking of working with the elderly. I found myself wanting to know what happens to all of the characters as each has their own individual story. The novel has both its poignant and funny moments - especially the role-reversal parts where the elders become 'rebellious teenagers' while their offspring seem to metamorphosize into their anxious 'parents'. The novel brings home the value of friendship, trust and group support - at a time when, tragically, in our amazing age of communication, technology and invention, all too often life for a growing number of elderly individuals and carers becomes frightening, traumatic and stressful and can so easily descend into a lonely, isolated and seemingly pointless existence - situations which Annette Keen suggests need not be inevitable. A recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful, Moving Story 7 Sept. 2013
By MaggieP
Format:Paperback
A beautifully written, very moving story, sympathetically dealing with a very difficult subject, but one that many of us may have to face in the future, have already faced, or are currently facing. Such an original idea for a "help" group who care for their mentally frail elderly folk. Touching, funny & sad, all rolled into one excellent story.
Easy to read style, which just flowed along, & I just couldn't put it down! Read it in one session. Well done, Annette.
Looking forward to your next book....
Would highly recommend this book. A great read. In fact, a "must read" for those of us of a certain age , with elderly parents/friends!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Generation Club 3 Dec. 2012
By MHV
Format:Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it was hard to put down because with every turn of the page more information unfolded that enables the reader to be immersed in the lives and experiences of the characters. It is a topical subject that addresses the true meaning of "The Big Society" where action can make a difference. A roller coaster of emotion with the essential feel good factor and fun. A great present for Christmas for family and friends. I look forward to more publications from this author
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Generation Club 20 Jan. 2013
By Mrs R
Format:Paperback
The Generation Club will strike a chord with many readers who have caring responsibilities. The realisitic and well drawn characters are completely engaging and come to life as the story line develops. A enjoyable read for anyone but with an underlying message about the reality of life for many families in the 21st century. It is by turns funny, uplifting and at times poignant. I will certainly be recommending it to my book club.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly good read 8 Oct. 2013
By Sueyo
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I really enjoyed the unfolding story and had trouble putting it down. The subject matter tackles an increasingly common situation in a kind and considerate way, too often the older generation are being written off, this is a reminder that they all have a lot of experience to share and still have a lot to offer, we should all nurture this, after all one day we will be that generation !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth reading 6 Aug. 2013
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Some novels are just for fun, others leave you with ideas. This is one of the latter. This book was recommended to me and I was not sure if it was the sort of book I'd like. After a few pages, I found the clean and easy style of the writer made me want to continue.

Then I found surprise after surprise and I became involved with the characters' lives and their stories.

It leaves me with the feeling that everyone with an elderly relative who either already needs care or soon will, should read this book, and they will see just how many good things can come out of the ideas put forth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read 6 Feb. 2013
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From the cover art, I was expecting a 'fluffier' read, but The Generation Club does go to dark places. It is a real page-turner that left me quite irritable when I needed to put it down to do other things. I felt included in the lives of the 'the girls' and, although I hope not to end up in the same situation, I enjoyed seeing into their world and have missed them in the few days since I finished reading. I have no hesitation in recommending The Generation Club as a good cosy read for these cold winter evenings!
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