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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The Borough Press (26 Mar. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007514646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007514649
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘An affecting, and very funny, evocation of adolescence’ Telegraph

‘A My Family and Other Middle-Class Animals let loose in the jungle of Thatcher’s suburban Britain. The result is a howlingly entertaining memoir that is raw, affectionate and, unbelievably, true’ The Sunday Times

‘An utterly charming, funny and touching memoir’ Sathnam Sanghera, author of Marriage Material

‘Endearing’ Observer

‘I have been banned from reading in bed as it makes me laugh out loud too much … Punishingly funny, and wonderfully written’ Rachel Johnson, Mail on Sunday

‘A rip-roaringly funny read’ Viv Groskop, Red

‘Thoughtful, heartfelt and so well drawn … [It] deserves to become as well loved as My Family and Other Animals’ Travis Elborough, author of London Bridge in America

‘I laughed until I levitated’ Jarvis Cocker

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The story of a childhood turned upside down

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I cannot understand why this book was published - I read the whole thing waiting for this really interesting story to unveil itself - but it never did. The basic story line is that Will's Dad became a yogi and had some yogi friends over the house when Will was young. When the kids left home his Dad cashed in his flat and gave the money to the yoga foundation on the basis they would feed and clothe him for the rest of his life. Humorous, but not enough to make me laugh.
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Will Hodgkinson is the heir to Sue Townsend. This book is a wonderfully warm and witty instant classic. He comes from a family of writers and newspaper columnists so it is not surprising that he has written about them. What is surprising is how beautifully he has done it, how light his touch is, and how exquisitely funny the book is. I can't wait for the TV series.
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Achingly funny and heartbreaking - everyday kid's parents suffer food poisoning. What happens next will blow your mind. If you've ever liked My Family and Other Animals, Buddha of Suburbia or Catcher In The Rye you'll love the twist at the end
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Basically a story of Nev ( Will's father ) who is not satisfied with the way his life is panning out and it takes a severe dose of salmonella poisoning to make him take stock change direction and join a cult. Cults like this have been around for ages and if you're susceptible to their message it only takes a small push ( or in Will's father's case a near death episode ) to make you jump ship. Religions and cults serve as a way for humans to make themselves happy and give them reason to carry on - not everyone needs that reassurance but if you do ,go for it , who knows one of the myriad choices may actually be correct you just have to pick the one that you find acceptable. Whatever awaits us when we die will always be a subject that causes lots of controversy but whatever it is the main thing we need in this life is simply to be happy and not to impose what you believe on anyone else unless they genuinely want to know. You don't have to be a member of a Religion or Cult to be spiritual !!
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This might seem like an unusual story of a family turned upside down by a father's decision to follow a spiritual path, but actually it's a sweet, funny and touching account of how it feels to be a teenager in an uncertain world. Will Hodgkinson describes exactly how all of us struggle with life at 13 although his parents are a little more unusual than most. Although his Dad has taken to wearing robes and meditating and his Mum is busy branding her own version of feminism, Will describes his childhood without self-pity or anguish and is just as concerned with getting a girlfriend and his hairstyle. It's this approach to his account of his 'parents going weird' that makes it so enjoyable. Hodgkinson really captures teen angst, but never takes himself seriously. He's obviously taken a lot of time to think what his parents choices really meant to him and how they affected him and his brother. By the end of the book we see the family reconciled to Nev's decision and both sons emerging relatively unLarkined. I laughed out loud consistently through the book even when I was on the tube.
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This is a brilliantly observed memoir of what happened when the author's father suffered a life threatening bout of food poisoning after which he converted to the Brahma Kumaris and life was never the same again. Hodgkinson writes with a deftness of touch, creating hilarious scenes that had me laughing out loud as I tore through this book. His family are expertly painted- as if his father's new love of religion wasn't bad enough the teenage Hodgkinson has to put up with his domineering older swot of a brother Tom being a know it all and his mother writing a book called Sex Is Not Compulsory! It put me in mind of Adrian Mole meets the Buddha of Suburbia. Hodgkinson does not just play for laughs though with some incredibly touching and heartfelt moments as he navigates the choppy waters of teenage hood in his highly unusual family. As the end of the book approached I was sad for the journey to end, Hodgkinson felt like an old friend. An utterly charming book that will stay with you long after you have put it back on the shelf.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Very funny and packed with humorous asides and barbed comments often throwaways at his Mum's expense.
I enjoyed observations such as Mum serving a takeaway that she had lovingly chucked into the microwave and my
eighteen year old son, who is now reading the book, confirmed the acute embarrassment that any teenager
would feel if their mother appeared on a prominent talk show proclaiming her celibacy and holding aloft her
international best seller "Sex is not Compulsory."
There is, however,more to the book than the humour and Mr Hodgkinson makes his observations without bitterness
toward his father to whom the Yogis refer or even toward his know all and dominant brother Tom. An excellent read
probably at a single sitting.
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Format: Hardcover
Thank you Will for this healing belly laugh of a book. And thank you for sharing your dad with a larger family who also appreciate that twinkle in Nev’s eye. As a student of the BKs I recognize your description of the difference between a subtle spiritual practice rolled seamlessly into a life and an earnest ritual publicly performed. I also appreciate the description of self-absorption (in or out of the spiritual life) and the depth of love and respect you showed for both your parents, each on their own journey
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