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The Tent, the Bucket and Me Paperback – 26 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; Reprint edition (26 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091926785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091926786
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (423 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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.

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There are two kinds of people who will enjoy this book; those who go camping and those who don't.
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.
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If I could have given this 10 stars - I would have done. The funniest thing I have read for years and all so familiar! I took it to the hairdressers to read when I was having my hair coloured and then sat and snorted and giggled for an hour. Eventually I had to tell everyone what I was reading and then ended up reading it out to roars of laughter from everyone in there! Sorry if that constitutes a public performance but a truly truly funny read - please go and buy it NOW! you will not be sorry! Poor Emma - all I can say is I hope her holidays have improved massively!
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This book is brilliant. I enjoyed the first book, but this one is so much better it's like the author was only teasing. She brings the characters to life so vividly, and entertainingly, I was absorbed from the first page. Honestly, wander into a bookshop, pick it up, and try the first chapter. If you don't love it, well frankly you're not the person I thought you were, and I'm a little disappointed in you.

No caveats here - this is flipping excellent. Literally can't recommend it enough.
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I actually laughed out loud in parts over this book, which I've only ever done once before (Good Omens). That said, you have to get over the fact there is no real storyline, it is just holiday reminiscing from year to year which doesn't detract from it being a good read or good characters - you can so easily see and hear her relatives. It also makes it a good holiday read as you can pick it up and put it back down again. There were a few bits that didn't ring true - falling down a toilet in France when it's just a hole in the floor. In my experence these haven't been big enough to fall down.......but still a good laugh if you want a light-hearted holiday read while relaxing.
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Really quick delivery in great condition despite it being preowned.
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.
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Carry on Camping for juveniles. Within the introduction, the author states "Are you having to make anything up?" Thats the question I have been asked repeatedly since starting the book. My reply has always been the same "Sadly not. In fact I wish I had". In my eyes that is the most unbeleivable comment ever. From start to finish it is an amusing romp, similar to a farce. I dont contest she may have had some mishaps and moments, I have spent dozens of holidays under canvas, but this memoir went beyond nonsense.
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.
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For me this book bought back all my memories of holidays with my family in a caravan in France in the seventies. I did Townsend ferries, gas mantles and my sister used to check the toilets at every campsite and if they were not British we moved on!!I remember those terrible dark French motorway toilets with the big metal doors and never been able to find a light!! On the down side definitely too much poo, most people had toilet tents not buckets in the tent, and I do have to agree with other reviewers that there are many typo errors and the proofreader should have picked up the reference to the M25. The stories did get a little repetitive but if you were there, did camping, did France and owned a Land Rover you will love it.
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