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A Young Woman's Guide to Carrying on Paperback – 19 Apr 2010
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'A lively well-written romp,' The Star; 'If you like Jilly Cooper, you will love Jilly Wosskow,' Bookblog24
About the Author
Jilly spends her spare time tottering in high heels and sunbathing with a smattering of SPF 2.
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"A Young Women's Guide to Carrying on" . It is the debut novel by Jilly Wosskow.... and no... it's not another holiday guide.......
I was hooked right from the first page. lt was funny and made me laugh out loud, I loved the language used for the individual characters, recognising the local "speak" and read it right to the end in one session.
The writing portrays the attitude and social divisions as they were perceived in the 1970's, finishing with Society's acceptance of change by the time the Millenium arrived.
The story of Kathryn (or Kate), a 17 year old, leaves home in a huff, having no-where else to go. She had previously worked at "Grimley Manor" in Hathersage and now goes back and "grovels and cajoles" to get a job "living in". She soon gets into the swing of things: waiting at tables, "getting orders mixed up" and "servicing the bedrooms by spraying them with furniture polish" rather than cleaning them properly. Her outrageous friend, Dee-Dee, out for having fun and a jolly time, get's Kate into and out of a number of scrapes but remains a good friend throughout.
The individual characters - Kate's Mum, brother and father and also future husband Giles - are believable and well thought out. All have their own prejudices, most are conventional and straight laced. The Christmas party is gruesome, the meeting with Giles - Lord of Havers - fortuitous, and the fling with Jimmy leads to unwanted consequences. Love, adultery and "learning to bag a bloke" play a big part in the story and the reader experiences a roller coaster of emotions.
This is a cracking good read and a most enjoyable first Novel.
Jilly Wosskow's insight made the diverse range of characters and the relationships between them so fascinating and real. This page-turner had me howling with laughter one minute and then reduced to tears the next.
Friendships, loyalties and relationships are all strengths of this novel and are brought together magnificently by humour. I believe (though I maybe seen as biased as I am related to the author) that this is something many other authors strive for but fail to get so right!
I didn't want this book to end and I can only eagerly await a sequel to `A Young Woman's Guide to Carrying On'.
The social attitudes are very much true to their place and day, and you are taken back with ease to England in the 1970's/80's.
Add to this the fact that the book is very funny indeed, and you have a great combination that gives the reader both a smile of recognition and a straightforward laugh. More please, I want a sequel.
Jilly brought the charcters to life really quickly, weaving the great northern humour through the book and mixing tears and laughter in a wonderful style.
Following life through the 1970s and 80s, lets hope theres another book to follow and bring us through the 1990's and of course the noughties!!
I would rate this book as one of the best I have read lately.
Can't wait for the next one by Jilly Wosskow.
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