Imagine - you're in your early 30s, settled and sensible, and wanting to move up the property ladder. Your parents - approaching retirement - have an ENORMOUS house which is, let's be honest, a bit tatty but worth squillions. Only your teenage sister Sorrel lives there now and she's just about to go off on a gap year. So obviously there's some money tied up there which your parents must be thinking of off-loading onto their children?
Not a bit of it. The parents have every hope that they will grow old disgracefully. They plan to sell the house and go off travelling. They are, after all, unreconstructed sixties hippies and their main income derives from the songs they wrote back then for their (at the time) cult psychedelic soft rock band Charisma. So with the money from the house their intention is...blowing it!
©2006 Judy Astley (P)2010 Random House Audio
Every theme in this book centres around age and in my early 30s I fear I might be at least 20 years younger than the author's intended audience. Added to this the thoroughly unlikeable characters including the main couple's three children - a well educated 17 year old girl who speaks, like, soooo like this (duh) - highly unbeleivable - and a couple of spoilt, privileged adult children who are so vapid that their inclusion in the book seems to be mearly to annoy!
If you are of retirement age and feel that post 1970s nothing of value has happened, this is the book for you. Otherwise I do not recommend it.
Mac and Lottie are children of the Sixties, free-living hippies who were minor rock royalty at their peak. Their family grew up in the Thatcher era and material possessions and success are all-important to them so that when their parents are fired (by the youngest daughter's proposed Gap year) with dreams of selling up and going where the whim takes them, they see their inheritance being blown. No holiday home in the Dordogne, no society wedding at the parental estate, student loans and repayments loom, no wonder they panic. Mac and Lottie are lovely people and how they cope with the self-centeredness and lack of understanding shown by Ilex, Clover and Sorrel makes for an amusing story, beautifully read by Polly March.
Yes, I thought the story flowed nicely and I really enjoyed seeing the characters develop throughout the book.
This is a lighthearted, witty look at a quirky family from multiple perspectives. The family members all have their faults, but are essentially lovable. The author, Judy Astley, is always entertaining. Polly March, the narrator, comes across as droll, but her voice is also tinged with the wisdom of experience. Blowing It is a fun read.
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