I knew Ian Baker's wonderful cartoons before I read this book, and was delighted to discover that he's a natural comic writer too. This sure-footed send-up of sex after 80 (or so) left me laughing! I loved the pseudo-educational narrative style, which tweaks the conventions of academic writing and self-help lit. The book also slyly razzes our culture's obsession with the sex lives of celebrities, by turning the whole thing upside down: if celebrities were all REALLY OLD AND UGLY, would we still care to know? Well I would, as long as it's Ian Baker documenting the ensuing chaos!
Anglophiles will cherish the book as a superabundant guide to current English slang, intermixed with the author's own hilarious coinages and inspirations - lingam cheese, downstairs garden, pickled yoni, duffing up, and some choice examples of codger come-ons: "Would you like a gum job?" and "Suck my lymph nodes!" Codgerish sex positions, updated from the poetic images of the Kama Sutra, now have names like The Shackleton See-Saw, The Post Office Queue, and The Congress of a Herd of Coffin-Dodgers.
Ian's cartoon codgers are amazing, especially when you consider that he's famous (among other things) for his fabulously pretty Bond girls. These cartoon oldsters who haven't lost the desire to get a "wood" and then do something with it, at least until the start of A World of Gardening, really make the book. I'm a big admirer of his breezy, supple line that effortlessly captures gesture and movement, and zeroes in on the funniest features of his subjects. This hilarious and affectionate depiction of the fate that awaits us all, will please lovers of great comic writing and great cartooning!
brilliant funny look at a subject that is usually taboo in most older relationships it certainly brought many a chuckle from my wife and I, as for the cartoons the artist has a lot of talent there and again you could not help but smile.
my son in law perchased for mothers day present for his mum.apparently it went down with a laugh and eye opener!! arrived well in time although only ordered shortly before mum's day, well reccomended if only as a jokey present.