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Dirty Weekend by [Palmer, Deirdre]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing (4 Aug. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012TODCZO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book reminded me of one of those wonderful black and white films made in the sixties - the ones that show young working class people trying to make their way in a very different world to the one in which their parents grew up, dealing with relationships and new-found freedom, and trying to make sense of it all, while awash with hormones. It's the story of four young people, Terry, Carol-Anne, Jeanette and Mark. They're taking the huge step of having a dirty weekend away in Brighton, away from the watchful eyes of their families.
Terry is the typical Jack-the-lad with lots of experience and plenty of confidence. Or is he? Carol-Anne is nervous, but not for the reason Terry might suppose. Mark is supposed to be pairing off with Jeanette, but does his heart lie elsewhere? And Jeanette is carrying a secret that is about to shatter all their well-laid plans.
I loved this book. I don't remember much about the sixties, but it really invoked the period for me. Little details, such as the backcombed hair, the job in the record shop, the unexpected problem caused by wearing tights with a mini skirt (!) really drew me in. Even the fact that the two young men had to book into a separate bed and breakfast from the girls showed the difference between that era and today. Going away for the weekend was a very big deal indeed.
The characters are beautifully drawn, and over the course of the story we discover that none of them are as we initially believe them to be. At first, I thought this was going to be a standard "four young people having illicit fun in Brighton" story. Far from it. As events unfold, we see that each of the four is keeping secrets from the others. One of the four is keeping a HUGE secret, and that pressure is about to explode.
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This is a very original, interesting story - quite gritty and edgy but with a definite heart!
The basic plot is simple: two boys and their girlfriends travel from the Big Smoke of the 1960s down to Brighton for the "Dirty Weekend" of the title. What could go wrong on this cheap and cheerful trip? Well, more than you'd think. All four of them - beneath the brashness and excitement of being young in the Swinging Sixties - are secretly tormented by lack of confidence or memories of past traumas, finding it hard enough to be honest with themselves, let alone each other.
How these issues are resolved makes for a truly absorbing read that I found impossible to put down as I galloped through to the very satisfying ending, desperate to find out what would happen to the main characters. I also enjoyed the strong vein of humour running through the story, some brilliant descriptions of a weekend away at the chilly British seaside, as well as references to past cultural icons like Chris Farlowe (eeek!!). Not just
a great story but also a trip down Memory Lane!
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I loved this book! As a teenager in the same era I loved being taken back to my youth. Its the story of four young peoples trip to Brighton but more than that its the emotional issues the young people deal with at a crucial time in their lives, the transition from youth to adulthood. I had totally forgotten my youth it was such a long time ago, but this book bought it back. Its really atmospheric and I was totally swept away back to that era. Deirdre is a master storyteller and this is one of her best. I'm just glad she has a small backlist so I can read that and hope she has another being written.
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I loved the first two novels by this author and so I was really looking forward to settling down for a Dirty Weekend - I wasn’t disappointed! Having also read Deirdre Palmer’s collection of short stories, Dear John, I knew she had a talent for creating a sense of both time and place and this was further evidenced in Dirty Weekend. The story immerses you into the Sixties and its unique culture, moving the action seamlessly between London and Brighton. The author also captured what it means to be a teenager and the angst of relationships that I remember only too well having at that age. There’s light and shade in the story with things that make you smile along with the four friends and situations that bring a lump to the throat, with some tricky issues handled with expertise and sensitivity. All in all I loved it and can’t wait for the author’s next.
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I loved this 1960’s story set between London and Brighton. The antics of a group of four teenage friends as they head to Brighton for a weekend is only the tip of the iceberg. The story unfolds beautifully, keeping the reader turning the pages to discover just why one of the group goes missing. As the remaining three try to discover the whereabouts of their friend, loyalties are tested to the full. A fabulous read I didn’t want to end.
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I read this whilst on holiday and was completely engrossed with the four main characters, their expectations of their weekend away and the fall out from it. The novel is set in 60's London and Brighton with the music, short skirts and back combed hair as wide boy Terry looks forward to his weekend away the with bubbly and confident Carol -Anne. With shy Jeanette and mature for his age, Mark, the four of them get more than they bargained for when their loyalties, family, trust and friendships are tested.

A brilliantly written, witty and character driven story which will keep you hooked until the end (which I didn't want as I loved the characters so much!).
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