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My Driver by [Gee, Maggie]
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'A fast-moving, energetic, constantly surprising book, which takes the reader on a big emotional journey: a book that makes you laugh when it doesn't make you flinch.' --Hilary Mantel

'Maggie Gee has never given us a dull ordinary novel, and My Driver adds to an already impressive list. This is a book for people who will enjoy... the company of a worldly and witty writer.' --Doris Lessing

'Brilliantly negotiates the explosive racial territory of the British abroad with feeling, observation, humour and art.' --Elaine Showalter, Guardian Books of the Year

'Executed with a lovely, light touch ... an immensely enjoyable novel. Gee s control of tone is supremely artful.' --Lionel Shriver, Daily Telegraph

'Witty and original ... There s no one like Maggie Gee when it comes to pointing out the absurdities of the middle classes ...' --Kate Saunders, The Times

About the Author

Maggie Gee is the author of eleven acclaimed novels, including The White Family (shortlisted for the Orange and IMPAC prizes), My Cleaner and My Driver, and a memoir, My Animal Life. She is a Fellow and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature, and Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages. Maggie Gee was awarded an OBE in 2012 for her services to literature. She lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Telegram Books (19 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XF8PXO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Granted it's only April, but I don't feel at all hasty in thinking this will be my favourite book of the year. I never feel compelled to write a review on Amazon - but waxing lyrical about this one to friends and family, I thought why not. First off, this book is very funny: delicately, cleverly, laugh-out-loudly. Maggie Gee has an eye, and each and every page is rich with images and insights that have stayed with me since finishing My Driver. High art, that makes you laugh, and cry: what more can you ask from a novel?
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For some reason my original review was published on dot com instead of dot co dot uk. So here it is again for the British audience.

I read and enjoyed My Cleaner which introduced the main players in this book. As with the first book Maggie Gee writes very astute observations of relationships, angst and racial differences. It was good to follow the characters of Cleaner into their Ugandan adventure. I would recommend this book as a stand alone but it would be good to read My Cleaner first. I am looking forward to reading more of Ms Gee's books.
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This is the sequel to Maggie Gee's magnificent `My Cleaner', (see my Amazon review) and every bit as wonderful. Again we meet the writer, the insecure Vanessa Henman and the Ugandan Mary Tendo. The last novel was set in England, and ended with Mary, who had worked in Vanessa's home looking after her son Justin, returning to Uganda. This novel is set in Uganda three years later, in 2007.

Vanessa has been invited (at the last moment? She is not as well-known as she thought or thinks she ought to be) by the British Council to attend a Writers' Conference in Kampala. Mary has married again and has a three-year old daughter, but she still grieves at having lost touch with Jamil, the son of her first marriage: neither she nor her first husband know where he is or whether he is alive or dead. Before she had worked for Vanessa, Mary had been in charge of the laundry at the Nile Hotel; but she is now Executive Housekeeper at the Sheraton hotel in which the conference is taking place. Vanessa did not know that, nor that Vanessa's plumber ex-husband Trevor (who really comes splendidly into his own in this novel) was due in Kampala because Mary, who had got on so well with him when she was in England, had persuaded him to travel out to Uganda to repair, for free, a broken well in her home village. The plotting of this novel relies on several scarcely credible coincidences and on missed encounters - a bit like an 18th century comic opera, with the denouement long delayed - though when it comes, the denouement, a real roller-coaster of emotions, is not comic at all.
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This is the sequel - read "My Cleaner" first. I really enjoyed both these books and I read them one after the other. The books turn on the relationship between a British writer, Vanessa Henman, and her Ugandan cleaner Mary Tembo. I found Mary, who is down to earth and a planner, more sympathetic than Vanessa, who is a bit uptight and self-obsessed. The women have parallel lives in strange ways, both have a single, beloved son, both, in the first book, are lost in different ways. My Cleaner is set in the UK, while My Driver is set in Mary's homeland Uganda. Maggie Gee knows Uganda well and the book has a very authentic feel, her description of Vanessa's attempt to set out on her own and not "be a tourist" is particularly amusing and recognisable. There are lots of good things about these books, too many to say. Good characters and settings, humour, and ultimately satisfying conclusions.
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By John on 16 July 2014
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I had to read this after I'd enjoyed The Cleaner so much. It is a treat. I laughed, I cried, I winced, I was scared and joyful at how she paints a huge picture through some normal people trying to do some extraordinary things.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of Maggie Gee's novels. She is one of Britain's best writers and has been hugely critically acclaimed. My Driver is an exhilarating follow-up to the very funny My Cleaner. Her novels tackle serious heavyweight themes of our age with great subtley, originality and comedy. In My Driver, set mostly in Uganda. Maggie Gee has resurrected the wonderful fictional character of Vanessa Henman who first appeared in My Cleaner. Vanessa is well-meaning but very self-deceiving and this makes for brilliant characterisation. I really do recommend this novel, and My Cleaner, to anyone who is interested in Britain, British people and their relationship to race, Africans and their relationship to Britain. It is very much a book of our times. Go buy!
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Having read My Cleaner, I couldn't wait to read this next book. Altho not sure to begin with, it soon developed into a fine web of a story in a completely different setting. It's nice to catch up again with the main characters again, the main one of which, Vanessa, must be a nightmare to know, however she gets my sympathy as she's often her own worst enemy. Will definitely read the next book by Maggie Gee.
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