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What We Did on Our Holidays Paperback – 1 Feb 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books; New edition edition (1 Feb. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704380005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704380004
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,004,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Educated at Cambridge. Was a bookseller before becoming a full-time writer.


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By A Customer on 17 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
I was recently given this book to read whilst I was on holiday, so it was most appropriate. From the start it keeps you guessing at what could possibly go wrong next. Anyone that has travelled on a plane with a child can relate to the saga of the seat trays. Why do they always need to go to the toilet when you have just been served the meal? The story whilst being very funny (men faking orgasms) also can have you reaching for your tissues. I really enjoyed it and laughed out loud on a few occasions, which prompted my husband to read it after me.
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Format: Hardcover
If you are the sort of person who enjoys gratuitous sex, violence and the sort of mayhem that is just a normal part of a holiday in a somewhat downmarket caravan park, then you will love this book. Hilarious in a sort of hurhurhur and snorking your coffee out of your nose way. Not 5 star funny, more like 7 star.
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Before this I had read and enormously enjoyed Bleeding London and Bedlam Burning. I spotted that this was a comedy of sorts, but I really was taken aback with how banal and basically utter toss this was. Don't get me wrong, I'd recommend either of the two mentioned above to anyone, but unless you have a table with one leg a bit shorter than the others, don't bother. Really.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual 4 Sept. 2003
By D. P. Birkett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A wellmeaning but pompous nebbish sets off on a disastrous trip with his hellish family (nymphomaniac wife, religious freak daughter and delinquent son). His misadventures pile on like an early Charley Chaplin's. It's kind of an updated "Diary of a Nobody." These comparisons are the problem, because when you read "Diary of a Nobody" (or watch an early slapstick comedy movie) the hundred year old jokes are funnier. Originality is the soul of wit. The updating consists of adding a lot of sex and violence, which doesn't bother me so much because of any puritanical beliefs but because it is gratuitous and indicates that the author could not think of any better way to update. The ending rather suggests that he ran out of ideas other than escalating the violence.
The definitive updating of "Diary of a Nobody" has yet to come.
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