The Tent, the Bucket and Me Paperback – 26 Mar 2009
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"Frighteningly hilarious" (DAWN FRENCH)
"I love camping! Relive the experience with Emma et al - you can almost taste the smell of the damp canvas" (JO BRAND)
"I love her writing" (JON RONSON)
"You really ought to take Emma Kennedy on holiday with you. In book-form only. Never, ever, in person" (DAVE GORMAN)
"An invigorating, warm-hearted and often hysterical read ... brilliant" (Time Out)
Pack your suitcases, we're off! A hilarious Seventies childhood memoir of utterly disastrous family camping trips, now the inspiration for the major BBC series The Kennedys.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
In many ways, you might say that Emma Kennedy is an ambassadeur for camping in the same way that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is for McDonalds, but it isn't as simple as that. The book is written from the perspective of a little girl who had no option but to be taken along on what she calls "her family's disastrous attempts to go camping in the 1970s". So it is about camping then, but it is also an acutely observed social commentary on life during the decade that some people would rather forget. If you think this is rather a precocious set of memoirs from a girl of about eight years old you would be right - partly, because Emma does pay tribute to her parents, who withstood endless hours of interrogation to fill in the missing details and to interpret certain events that must have been bewildering to a youngster of such tender years.
Be warned readers, for this is camping in the raw; be prepared for tales of epic struggles against the elements; for near-death experiences; for close encounters with unfeasibly large quantities of human body waste. Be prepared to laugh out aloud until your stomach ties itself in knots.
Let's be frank - taken at face value, this book might put prospective campers of a nervous disposition off the whole idea for life, but for those who have "been there and done that", this book will make them chuckle knowingly at all the tales of misery and misfortune, yet make them keener to get out there and do the whole thing all over again.
This is a book that you can dip in to, read a chapter and then return to another day, so ideal for holiday reading, or any other time come to that.Read more ›
No caveats here - this is flipping excellent. Literally can't recommend it enough.
I love this book
I must have but it about 10times now. I keep lending my copies out then they get passed on again, then I miss it and have to buy it all over again so I can read it again.
I honestly cannot recommend it enough, it's the funniest book I have ever read and still makes me laugh out loud.
The first time I read it, I had to put it down because I was on the quiet coach of a train and I was cackling.
Just buy it, you won regret it. Emma is too good at setting the scene to not make you laugh with her.
I'm giving it 2 stars because i) I read from start to finish and ii) a few segments amused me. So in conclusion, if you are seeking a humorous exaggeration of camping holidays then its just about worthy of a read. Personally I was most disappointed.....but it did keep me reading to the end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious! Brought back lots of childhood memories of my own family holidays.Published 26 days ago by Helen M
A very amusing book about disastrous camping holidays of the 1970s. If that's your era the memories come flooding back. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aprilshowers
My friend gave me this book while I was recovering from an operation and I can't write enough about how fantastically funny this book is! I couldn't breathe I was laughing so hard! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Geoflo
this was a gift to my wife of 61 years,she said it was the best gift that i had
ever given her.it was one continous laugh right till the end
If you are on public transport reading this beware as this book makes you laugh out loud from cover to cover!Published 3 months ago by Caroline Hancock
Very funny book. Made me laugh out loud lots- a good holiday read.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer