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- Print Length: 408 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ANSE582
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- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
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Tilly Lake's Road Trip Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
To be honest it was a bit of a shock, what with all the boobs and kissing. Tilly seemed very naive and far too understanding of her faithless husband's betrayal, there were no recriminations or tearing out of hair. I persevered, muttering to myself. I suppose I began to get into it about half-way through, but still wanted the characters to be a bit nastier. People aren't really that nice, are they? It wasn't until I'd nearly got to the end that it occurred to me that Francis Potts had written another book that had altered my view of the world. Maybe Tilly and her friends are idealised, but the message I came away with was a strong one: that life is better without limits (or preconceptions). The ending was perfect - but not sentimental. It's not a sentimental book, it's optimistic and uplifting. It's about being happy. Highly recommended (especially for grumbling old cynics like me). Five stars for Tilly and three for me!
I must take a moment to praise the author, Francis Potts on his characterisations. The best drawn character is obviously Tilly, but the others are so well drawn that you immediately know who is being talked about. Not something you could say about every book you read. The Tilly character is not only well executed from the beginning, but the way she is developed throughout the book is one of the books most enjoyable features.
I've given a short synopsis of the story above, leaving out much and not giving away any endings for obvious reasons, but this book isn't so much a story in that things happen and the characters react, as in, say a thriller, but it's a study of the book's characters and how they develop and interact. The story line is really a vehicle to allow that to happen. However, there are a few interesting descriptions of places in England along the way.
I really couldn't help but be drawn into this book. You care about the characters and need to know how things turn out for them. It's at the same time erotic (without being naughty) and exhilerating. There are reflections of the 60's revolutions going on with bras being shed and showers being shared. Kissing is turned into an art form!
In fact, to summarise, there's so much going on with regard to the characters, that I was reluctant at any point to put the book down. I do recommend you read it.
I have to warn you, it is slightly erotic but in a very mild way. There are no rampant bed scenes, more a slight whisper of suggestion, but there is a fixation on the female chest area which you could compare to looking at an oil painting of a few hundred years ago.
Tilly, the main character, is at work when she learns of her husband's death. They had been married for decades and reached the stage of comfortable companionship and deep love. She learns he died in the arms of another woman but takes this news exceptionally well and with curiosity more than anything else as she knew he had the odd liaison and was happy he was content. This is about the stage in the novel where I would imagine most women, including myself, would look at Tilly and raise an eyebrow at her apparent lack of self worth but there is more to this story than what is right or wrong, it is purely about what is.
Tilly finds herself comfortably off financially and decides to go on a road trip. She buys a large classic car, hires a driver from outside the local job centre, leaves the house in the care of her husband's mistress, (Anka, a homeless immigrant from Russia) and embarks on the road trip she dreamt of as a child with her handsome Prince Charming who is more than happy to wear her pink pyjamas. They travel together around Britain, meeting people along the way who could be likened to the flower children of the 1970's for their openness and welcoming nature. However, it isn't drug use which makes the people they meet so open minded, it is love.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
what a load of rubbish. Started promisingly,but soon went downhill. Managed to stick with it until Carlisle (those of you who have read it will understand) then gave up. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2013 by Ginny
Tilly's husband dies in unusual circumstances. Finding herself financially secure, she decides to hire small, dark and handsome Johnny to drive her around England in her newly... Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2013 by Wendy J
Although I found the dialogue repetitious and it was absurd how all the women Tilly met were happy having photos taken of themselves topless, snog with her or share a bed it kept... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by StellaKate
Sadly, this was probably the worst book I have ever read on my kindle. The style and content was excruciating but I kept on hoping that there might be a clever twist to the... Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2013 by chrisadam
Must say I started of enjoying this book, I thought it was funny up until Tully got to Carlisle. This for me then started to get a bit silly with every new friend Tilly made taking... Read morePublished on 25 July 2013 by Andrea
This book started well but it began to get hugely boring when all the characters seemed to have a bosom fixation. I kept thinking it would improve and I read on..... Read morePublished on 21 July 2013 by Mildie
Enjoyed this story,was a bit odd but entertaining too,good holiday read,would read other books by this author and recommend to others for light entertainment.Published on 21 July 2013 by Mrs. Susan A. Dawes
When Tilly Lake's husband dies suddenly this warm hearted woman (of a certain age) decides to embark on a road trip. Read morePublished on 19 July 2013 by D.J Bowman-Smith
Another download I can't seem to get into. I know Francis personally but it doesn't work for me. Maybe over Christmas!Published on 23 Jun. 2013 by Duncan Truro
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