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This Age We're Living in Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Nov 2007

4.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: ISIS Publishing (1 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753128543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753128541
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,238,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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Out of books to read and out of money to buy more at the end of last month I re-read (not something I like to do) this book a couple of days ago. Not only did I adore it the first time round - my goodness I also enjoyed it the second. I am completely at one with other reviewers - this is a book of our time. I really do feel sorry for chaps these days in such a ridiculously pc environment (I fought for womens lib in the 70s and really women today have lost the plot). The narrator is a thoroughly nice and interesting chap who is struggling with grief - and to come to terms with a changing world - much in the same way I am. I can thoroughly recommend on all counts.
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Gentler than David Lodge in tone, but just as funny and just as British. I love this book and have re-read it a couple of times, enjoying the wit and storyline anew. You go on a journey with George Worth, as he comes to terms with tragedy, with the help of a couple of very different colleagues and a borrowed black Labrador. David Wilson blends comedy and aching sadness with a deft touch. Highly recommended.
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David Wilson's debut novel, introducing 50-something lifestyle columnist George Worth, will make you laugh and cry, and if you're female, just possibly encourage you to give men a little more credit for sensitivity than previously allowed.

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.
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Funny and sharply observed, this is genuinely moving and a compulsive read. It's very entertaining, and the author tackles some weighty issues with sensitivity and a cracking sense of humour. Highly recommended.
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The best book for a bout of flu. Lifted my spirits. I liked George, his boss and their cynicism about "lifestyle". Labradors do it for George - and it's a breed the author obviously knows. He recognises that life is always much better when you're holding on to a lab at the end of a lead.
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David Wilson's novel is a classic for our times,and is a delight to read. The author's acute insights into our contemporary way of living are delivered with a warmth and humour that sympathises with the frailties and absurdities of the human condition. Having read the book for the third time it is hard to understand why this book is not more widely known. The story is an illustration of Henry David Thoreau's dictum that "the majority of men live lives of quiet despairation" and is an invigorating tonic.
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What a great read. David Wilson takes a wry look at modern life but unlike the grumpy chunterers on TV and radio emerges with a positive and emotionally fulfilling tale. This Age We're Living In is by turns touching and comic; the spiky remarks about modern life tempered by thought-provoking beams of common sense and fine-tuned personal philosophy. Yes, we do live in an odd age but fine writing like this makes you realise that it's best not to take it (or shopping) too seriously.
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