For the '70s child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves.
For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went. Whether it was being swept away by a force 10 gale on the Welsh coast or suffering copious amounts of food poisoning on a brave trip to the south of France, family holidays always left them battered and bruised. But they never gave up.
Emma's memoir, The Tent, The Bucket and Me, is a painfully funny reminder of just what it was like to spend your summer holidays cold, damp but with sand between your toes.
©2009 Emma Kennedy (P)2010 Magna Story Sound, Random House Audiobooks
this book will have you laughing out loud. Holding your breath as you anticipate whats happening next. brilliant and true life as we have all been embarrassed children. I listened when i needed to escape and this truly lifted my mood i couldnt switch it off. i thoroughly enjoyed it and it will be one i listen to again.
Not only did I laugh so much that I dribbled tea out of my nose, but I immediately started to listen again once I finished it.
As a child of the 1970s I think this would appeal to anyone from that era.
The era of playschools (not such thing as OFSTED), the start of holidays abroad, Biba being the sort after fashion label, stay at home mum's and the new towns of the 1970s.
I can't pick one, but the bucket incident, the all inclusive food experience, the 'home corner' standoff at playschool, and the 5 course dinner in the French restaurant. They made me laugh. A lot.
It was good, she narrated all the characters well.
I was moved to laughter in many places in the book!
I just loved this book. It was set in my era, and my mum is not that different to Brenda, so I could totally 'get' that.
It's not really a story, just tales from annual holidays in the main. This makes it a very easy listen.
Best audio book,just as other reviews say you will definitely not be disappointed..Narrator is superb .
Jersey, Channel Islands. Addicted to books. Wilde/Coward especially. Adore comedy, memoirs, biographies, history, witches /wizards & silly.
It's a great story, beautifully told by the author.
As the daughter of a Welshman, I found it very easy to empathise with, & recognise the fathers quirks as described by Emma Kennedy.
I particularly enjoyed the "runs" Emma experienced in the car.
I found the whole book just perfect. I laughed & nearly cried in equal measure.
A really great book, well written, well narrated & worth purchasing.
I like listening to an audiobook while dropping off to sleep, I find it impossible to sleep while laughing out loud. Therefore I'm glad I've finished the book, as I am shattered!
I spent the majority of this book laughing, but there was also some cringing, and even a little retching.
I have fallen utterly in love with Emma's parents and want them to adopt me.
"Good and entertaining"
I did not expect some of the language in the book, it was a humorous story, overall a great story!
"Hilariously Real People"
That this family made an adventure out of every situation.
The tone of her voice while explaining the high points of her forced adventures.
The finality of putting camping gear away-even the awful bucket. It moved me.
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