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A gentle delight of a book,
This review is from: The Fortnight in September (Paperback)
Don't be put off by the apparent slightness or the unglamorous nature of the storyline - I simply cannot imagine this book being anything other than loved. The tale of a nice, normal family going on their usual summer holiday in shabby rooms at an unfashionable resort, it is also an object lesson in the profundity of small pleasures - and indeed in the art of creating a happy family. From their appreciation of the joys of the routine of getting ready to go on holiday, which can be made part of the holiday itself, through the ritual adoption of the holiday clothes, the decision on which beach hut to take and the ekeing out of the jar of ginger beer over the fortnight the Stevens family thoroughly understand the happiness to be obtained in recognising each tiny pleasure, and building it into the greater whole. An object lesson in our credit crunched times of how a much better time may be had in a small quiet way, than by grab and spend!