Nicky Henson reads this hilarious new comedy from the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The irrepressible Russell "Buffy" Buffery has upped sticks from London and moved to Knockton, Powys, to a B&B inherited from an old flame. With his future spread before him, and a string of failed marriages behind him, Buffy decides it's time for a new challenge.
Meanwhile: Harold's wife has run off with a younger woman leaving him alone with his as-yet-unwritten novel narrated by Mary Pickford's cat; Amy's weedy boyfriend has turned out to be not so needy after all; and Andy's partner's corset-and-suspender-clad attempts at seduction are having anything but the desired effect. They're all lost with nowhere to go, and feeling well past their sell-by dates. So they decide to enrol on "Courses for Divorces" in a sleepy rural town. Under Buffy's tutelage, they find themselves relearning all those skills they never thought they'd need again, and a whole lot more besides.
©2013 Deborah Moggach (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
A modest genius & all round good bloke!
This is the first of Debora Moggach's works I had come across and it will not be the last, It was like donning a very comfortable magic feel good bath robe I felt warm comfortable and fully engaged with each of the characters so much so I genuinely did not want the story to end. Thank you Deborah its been a very long time since I felt so cheered by a book I am now looking forward to enjoying your other works.
Whilst I enjoyed this story, I can't say that any of the characters are particularly memorable or that I was desperate to get back to it after each break.
I never felt that the story actually got off the ground.
I didn't particularly enjoy Nicky Henson as the narrator either although his voice is probably reflective of the central character.
Audio Addict - Love to listen when going to work or working out, waking up or passing out.
Was recommended to read this, but didn’t really want to, so I got the audio instead, very glad I did. Great narration, funny, and light-hearted enough to make two (otherwise dreadful) massive train journeys really enjoyable…. Perfect for a holiday listen or a commute and well worth a credit. I’ll definitely give Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a listen now.
The main story is eventually set in Wales, though could have probably been anywhere, the story starts by outlining the various key characters and then slowly pulls them all together. I enjoyed Nicky Henson's narration and felt it was right for the main character. This is a pleasant view of some of life's interesting and complex relationships and self belief's. An enjoyable listening.
This has got to be one of the best books I've listened to in a long time.
Best exotic Marigold hotel
Amusing at times, but this book never really lived up to expectations. I kept expecting a twist or a turn, but... Undeveloped characters and situations, all rather superficial. A lighthearted weekend read, worthy of three stars, it will fill your time, but it is far from memorable.
I have read several Deborah Moggach books and was looking forward to this one but am probably not even going to finish it. The first turn off was the swearing which seemed superfluous and unnecessary - just added to make the dialogue "edgy". For me what makes a book are the characters - being drawn into their lives and stories. But Buffy is not really very interesting or real and the story itself all seems a bit self conscious - like it is trying to tick best seller boxes.
As I am listening I find my mind drifting off or being jarred - this is definitely the most disappointing Audible book I have purchased
While I thoroughly enjoyed listening to heartbreak hotel, I struggled sometimes to follow the thread of the story because the characters individual stories were quite disjointed. This meant that it took a lot more concentration than normal to be able to follow the story from beginning to end.
Deborah Moggach writes with a shrewd wit as she describes the relationships of her cast of thousands at a delapidated old hotel in the country town of Knockton, in Wales. This is a lighthearted book that would unveil many of its hidden perceptive gems on a second read.
To his surprise, aged Russell Buffery known as Buffy during his acting career, inherits an old B&B from his former landlady and friend, Bridie. Although he's a Londoner through and through, Buffy is becoming disillusioned with the way the capital is going and decides to up sticks to the country and try his hand at running a B&B.
The place struggles to make ends meet, so Buffy decides to advertise the place as a haven for divorcees and the abandoned. Here they can learn the skills that their partners formerly took responsibility for. Various weeks offer car maintenance, cookery, gardening and 'How to talk to women'. As a bonus, Buffy gets his car serviced, his garden weeded and the cookery done by his paying guests.
This very clever precept is the basis for a wealth of interactions and new relationships, as Ms Moggach lets her characters loose in Myrtle House.
I listened to this on Audible, which didn't really do the book justice because of the problem with referring back to remember who is who. It's a bit chick-lit in many ways but it is the underlying wit and perception that raises this book above other books of this genre. Those of our book group who had read Deborah Moggach's best book, Tulip Fever, didn't feel it was of the same calibre, but this one felt as though it would make an excellent TV series.
Deborah Moggach recently attended the Dubai Literary Festival and was hugely entertaining. I highly recommend seeing her if she comes your way.
I am an avid multi tasker, I love to listen as I walk, ride, clean... Mostly love crime novels but have an occasional foray into other genre
Heartbreak Hotel is such a charming a pleasant story full of quirky loveable characters
Buffy the aged actor who inherits the hotel from an old beaux goes through life in a constant fog of confusion which leads to interesting plans and interactions with other characters.
It is a charming book which makes you smile
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