Coventry Dakin's tale begins with her accidental killing of her neighbour. Forced to flee the law, she deserts her council estate, her boring husband and two demanding children for the anonymity of London's cardboard city.
Originally published in 1988, Rebuilding Coventry is a brilliantly observed satire of Eighties Britain and the hypocrisy of the middle and upper classes.
©1988 Sue Townsend (P)2012 W F Howes
"Proof, once more, that Townsend is one of the funniest writers around." (The Times)
"Townsend's wit is razor-sharp" (The Daily Mirror)
I always have an audible tape on the go but can't stand to listen to the narration on this one. Irritating to the extreem.
Something different from Sue Townsend. A cockeyed take on the theme of someone taken out of their comfort zone and having to get by in a strange and hostile environment., (a woman flees Coventry to London after unintentionally killing a neighbour). Along the way she meets a number of weird characters and has some surreal experiences. The dialogue is great and the story is fine but the experience of listening to the book is spoiled by the narration. The West Midlands accents are so over the top and the narrator sometimes shouts the words, to the extent that I was unable to understand about a third of the text
The conversation in the pub at the beginning of the book
Probably not but it would make a good TV two hour programme or mini series
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