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A Kick at the Pantry Door (Nostalgedy Collections Book 3) by [Whiteland, Philip]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in Nostalgedy Collections (4 Book Series)

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  • Language: English
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By Ignite TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 July 2013
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This is a series of reminiscences, linked together as though it's a menu. This relates to the author's mother's expression, when asked what was for dinner, `A kick at the pantry door.' The author is a classic raconteur and his observational wit makes these stories both accurate an amusing. We hear about his school days, about his paper-round and his first job. I remember many of the things he talks about and for those much younger, it's a lesson in what life was like before all the technology we're now used to.

Throughout the book, the stories come closer to the present day and we find the author and his wife in a notoriously slow restaurant and on a cruise ship holiday. The only beef for me was that there was a chapter of another book at the end, something I never read and find unnecessary. There are already links to the author's other books and it always smacks of padding.

If you're old enough (late 50s and 60s should see you nodding and smiling here) you'll find a lot of memories rekindled. If you're not, read this and have a laugh finding out how your parents lived!
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I really enjoyed this collection of anecdotes, musings and nostalgia. It's of particular interest for people who live around where Philip is talking about as he mentions place names, shop names etc. but you don't have to know the area or live in it to enjoy this book. Photos are interspersed occasionally in the writing-eg of his dog. The format is an interesting concept: it's like a restaurant menu-chapters are in sections with titles such as starters, mains etc. One of our dogs, a Welsh terrier, Taffy, used to eat stones too so this book was really bringing back memories for me. Good choices of words throughout-eg snaffle-refreshing and entertaining ways of putting things. The book has an informal style, telling you little memories and funny tales. Yes, exactly the same with dinner and tea around by us! (dinner at tea time etc, the wrong way around to most folk!) So true with me too-mum always seems to get a few little hard bits in her mashed potatoes-she always says to me 'Well, nobody else has any'-so, for me, this really 'clicked'. The anecdotes are cleverly intertwined-he leads us to the connection or punchline without it being overly long. Good pace and sense of comedy timing. The book often made me chuckle out loud. This is a seriously underrated book! Endless laughs. Must admit at the opening page or so I thought-what the heck is this?-(the restaurant imagery) then-great fun. It continues to be very witty. A right good read. A brilliant quote about pub food! Then there's school trips/cruises/karaoke-so much to enjoy. A very entertaining compilation, well observed, funny and enjoyable. And the good news is that Philip has written a couple more compilations too!
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Loved Kick at the Pantry Door - another amusing read from Philip though I haven't finished it yet
so have yet to see where the Pantry Door comes in. I laughed out loud following his experiences on the paper rounds.
Being a local I am fully aware of all his haunts.
I give this kindle 5 stars but the rating system doesn't seem to be giving me that option.

GJC
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Oh my goodness, I was sent on a trip down memory lane with this book alright! What can I say, I loved it, it was fabulous! If, like me you were born in the 50s and grew up in the 60s, you will associate very strongly with it. Very nostalgic, very very funny, it really tickeled me thats for sure!!
The journey in the smoke filled car, yep, been there, even down to the plastic balloon thing, that we thought was so cool when we got it from the Ideal home exhibition!! there are so many things that just clicked with me, and I don't want to give too much away!
I think I am a committed fan of Philip Whiteland from this day forth! Thanks for the memory.
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