Funnily Enough Hardcover – 2012
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From her diary she writes of a time when her relentless life in front-line television production was 'crashed into the buffers' by a then despeately little understood affliction. She charmingly engages the reader about her struggles with the medical condition and as a result, herself, her beliefs, her whole world, and writes as to you, prsonally, like an old and valued friend. It is beautifully written and every page left me smiling contentedly for hours: refreshingly different and a real tonic in itself.
Sophie draws the reader into her real life where, with the support of her wonderful if slightly unconventional family and friends far and wide, despite the setbacks, she triumphs over the adversities to new sunlit uplands in her life. It is surely also a 'must read' for any past or present sufferers of what is now called 'M.E.' for it brings hope and faith, and the charity from which she gives so much of herself - to everyone.
It is a very enjoyable and HAPPY book, nicely illustrated with her quirky sketches from the time. The excellent title is true except that I want more of Sophie's affectionate writing style and her lovely sense of humour. Highly recommended, 'it ticks all my boxes': don't risk being 'sorry for a might-have-been'!
This book, is a must to read, it is written in diary form, but takes you through Sophie's days, in a day by day format, at a rate of knots, and describes her journey through her illness, the highs and the lows. The book describes her move back home to live with her parents and the many situations that happen. These incidents will have you in stitches, as you imagine what actually might have been, like the time when her father is attacked by one of these motorised garden cultivators, and his manhood is only saved when the machine decided to cut out.......
The characters who pop up in this book are wonderful, from Alistair, to Mrs Hawkins...
I could go on but I think what you should do is get this book, "Funnily Enough" and make sure you have plenty of time, are sitting comfortably, have been to the toilet, got a drink and a snack to hand, as you will not really want to move until you have finished it........
Neville has written about a year of her life when, after establishing herself in a career working for the BBC, she found herself suffering from Post-Viral Fatigue / M.E. It's not a book to read if you are looking for great drama, but it is full of perceptive and humorous accounts of gentle (and occasionally not-so-gentle!) domestic life observed by someone who was forced at times to be little more than an observer. Along the way, we also see her wrestling to find any effective treatment, and also trying to understand how to reconcile her Christian faith with the frustrations of her illness. There's also lots of information about otters (! - how's that for a teaser?).
If your life has been affected by M.E., or you want to understand what it's like for somebody, then this is an excellent book. But more than that, if you are interested in a picture of the regular comings and goings of a normal family, then you'll find "Funnily Enough" a delight to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was given 2 books, by this author, as a present, and Immediately began to read this one. It was so amusing that I didn't want to be disturbed and hid away till I'd finished it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Caroline Assheton
I thought this was a lovely book, it made me laugh, but the characters of the author and her family really shone through. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Naomi Buckler
This is based on the diaries of a BBC television producer who is recovering from ME. She has had to abandon her work and retreat to her parents’ house in the country, which is... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rubery Award
After reading Sophie's other books, Ride the wings and swallows, this seems strangely flat. It retains someof the observation from the other books, but is unfocused, and maybe... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jon
Long stretches of this book will probably drag at times if the religious aspects are not to your taste, but it certainly has its moments - the second incident with a rotavator is... Read morePublished 21 months ago by David A. Cooper
Loved the crazy pace of this book resonant of My Family and Other Animals. Loads of interesting characters and also time to appreciate the effects of a debilitating illness. Read morePublished 23 months ago by jenny
I was impressed by the way in which Miss Neville came to grips with her illness, and her faith which shone through the difficulty of her condition. Read morePublished on 24 April 2014 by j a gathercole