This Age We're Living in Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Nov 2007
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"A smashing book. It's so rare to find a writer who makes you chuckle and think, and who can strike a balance between laughter and integrity...David Wilson has done it brilliantly and touchingly" (MAVIS CHEEK)
"Warm-hearted, suspenseful, entertaining" (THE TIMES)
"Witty, perceptive, observant, provocative, wise; funny but never played just for laughs; the best book I've read this year" (TOM HOLT)
"Amusing, poignant, challenging...it is more than just a comic read, no ordinary passing-of age novel and certainly not a male menopause rant... In truth, it probably deserves to be in a class of its own" (SUNDAY EXPRESS)
"Tragic, funny, sensitive, raging against the modern world, and proof that an ordinary middle-aged bloke really does have feelings" (MICHELLE HANSON) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Funny, affecting and life-affirming novel for everyone who has ever felt that sometimes life really is pants... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
It follows George's middle-aged rites of passage from recently widowed (and full of self-blame and self-hate because of the circumstances which put him there) to newly invigorated. Written with humour and insight, it lays bare the inner workings of the male psyche and provides, possibly unintentionally and certainly without crusading, a tender insight into those emotions men don't wear on their sleeve quite as comfortably as women.
It's a story about love, friendship, loyalty and ambition. As George learns to shrug off his guilt about the death of his wife in a car crash (he was the driver) and put the facts in perspective, he learns to accept the friendship of those around him and move on.
The story is told through a mixture of standard narrative (where George's insecurities and vulnerability are transparent), and his newspaper columns (where his strident grumpiness creates a dark contrast). David Wilson has a refreshing and readily agreeable writing style, with a talent for the kind of dialogue you can hear in your head as you read. It helps you visualise the characters and the situations.
The author has spent his adult life in journalism working for daily newspapers, and the authenticity of the setting and the familiarity of certain characters typical of the job, will be obvious to many. It nicely avoids cloying sentimentality and disappointing predictability. It contains enough feelgood factor to leave you wanting a sequel just to find out what happens next, and lends itself to dramatisation for the small or large screen. Much enjoyed - highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
George (Worth) is a messenger. His story, full of constant self re-evaluation, is one with which we can all relate as we tackle the contradictions of modern living. Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2007 by 7 Cows
David Wilson has an interesting way of presenting the truth about some of the dafter things we find ourselves doing and the story has some funny and amusing moments. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2007 by L. B. Frankish
This is a great book. It's be all to easy to file under "grumpy old men" but it transcends that. The rants of Wilson's newspaper columnist George Worth have a real purpose - he's... Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2007 by Right_Riveting
It's years since I've enjoyed a book as much as this. Very funny, acutely observed, but also hugely moving. If you liked Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, you'll love this.Published on 9 Sept. 2007 by Islander