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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Feb. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004OT0I4Q
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As the book opens we meet Nick and his partner Astrid who are driving to Hastings to pick up Nick's father Ken, a miserly, cantankerous old man, living in Hastings on the South Coast with his unfortunate wife June. They are all going to have lunch with Dave, Nick's brother and his wife, Marina. The lunch will be dominated by Ken's announcement that he wants to leave all his money to son number two, Dave, and expects Nick, a lawyer, to draw up the will which will so determinedly favour his brother. Astrid can't help herself from exclaiming, "What about Nick?", only to hear the irascible old man reply, "Thank you young lady, but you're new to this family. You're not even in the this family, matter of fact, so I'll ask you to keep your nose out".
Ken's appalling behaviour suffuses this book. He really is a wicked old man, blind to his own failings and judgemental about everyone else's. When people treat him as he deserves he is puffily hurt and fails to see how he his own provocations are at the root of his troubles.
We meet a fine cast of characters, most notably Ken's ex-wife Pearl, who is equally outspoken, and lives off the charity of kind-hearted Dave while proclaiming a bogus pride in her own self-reliance. I enjoyed the way that Louise Dean doesn't just concentrate on Ken his family but lets her readers into the lives of all her characters, even the minor ones like Nick's ex-girlfriend Morwen, or the creepy divorced Dad who tries to make a girl-friend of his twelve-year old daughter. I enjoyed reading about Astrid's delightfully-drawn, oh-so middle-class parents who meet Ken for a lunch encounter which for readers has much akin to watching a car-crash.Read more ›
Its undoubted strength lies in its brilliant characters.The author's ability to create gems like Ken made me never want to stop reading. The multi faceted Characters are so real. Their mannerisms, joys and lows will stay with me for a long time.
The real joy of this Book is the many laugh out loud moments - the times I had to stop and put the Book down while I belly laughed.However then in the space of a few minutes I would be thinking deeply about some personal memory relating to Family etc that the Author makes you think about.
This is a Book to be treasured.Funny,insightful and above all so endearingly human I adored it.
The characters in the book are great - funny, witty and colourful and I laughed at the witty banter.
Great for the holiday so would strongly recommend grabbing a copy - oh and you'll learn a little bit about embalming too.
Louise Dean is a visual writer. The beauty of her characters lies in the combination of authentic regional voices and the detail of her descriptions with the little things, as is always the case, offering the clues that permit us to know them gradually. I shall never forget the morbidly-obessed Ken seated in a country restaurant in his raincoat, mounting his version of a born-again Christian interrogation of his son's potential in-laws over the 'tamada soup'. Or the delicious Pearl with her driveway boasting a forest decorated with decaying plastic dolls scrutinizing visitors to her cottage before they get to meet her disturbed German Shepherd guard dog. The circumstances might be sometimes comedy-fest eccentric but the players are subtle, believable and endearing.
Thinking back I start to smile as I recall some of the darker and more touching passages and realise they are the richer because they are familiar.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The thing that impressed me most about the book was the quality of the writing. It felt slightly at odds with the rather hard to love but intriguing characters that inhabit the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by EVZ
Turned out to be ex-library copy which I would not have bought if it had stated so in listing.Published 18 months ago by J H Bass
Hugely enjoyable, often very funny, despite it's disreputable main protangonist, Ken Goodhew, who has lately conceived a crush on the lady funeral director at their local funeral... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2013 by Eileen Shaw
Louise Dean is clearly talented. The Old Romantic is a darkly comic tale of life, death, family and relationships. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2011 by Drambuster
It is Christmas, and Nick Goodyew has not seen his father, Ken, in fifteen years, or Pearl, his mother, in twenty. Read morePublished on 29 May 2011 by Mary Whipple
I loved this Book ...
Very original story,with great characters.
Set in Hastings a coastal town I often visit, which is perhaps why I bought it. Read more
I have never read this author before, but I was very impressed, and will definitely look out for more books written by her. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2010 by Pen pal
I ordered this book on the recommendation from the Mail and was drawn to it mainly becuase it is set in my hometown. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2010 by MelHales