Georgie Sinclair's husband has walked out and work is getting her down. So when she spots Mrs Shapiro, an eccentric old neighbour, rummaging through her skip in the middle of the night, it's just the distraction she needs. And although they mistrust each other at first, a firm friendship is formed.
Then Mrs Shapiro is admitted to hospital and, to Georgie's surprise, she is named as her next of kin. As Georgie steps in to help her new friend, she finds herself unravelling a mystery that takes her from Highbury to wartime Europe to the Middle East, and learning a bit about DIY along the way.
©2009 Marina Lewycka (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
I bought this thinking it would pass the time on long journeys but found I was listening to it at every opportunity, it's simply too good to put down.
Every character is so memorable, there's twists and scandal, everything you want. Heartbreaking and hilarious I honestly think this will appeal to anyone.
One thing I must warn you though, like me, you'll probably get some funny looks for bursting into laughter in the street.
This is a marvellous book which made me laugh out loud. The narrator does a brilliant job and brings the characters to life. Recommended for an excellent light hearted read.
My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed this. I've previously read A Short History... and Two Caravans, but this was the first audio book of hers that I've listened to and it worked very well. It was well read, especially for a book with quite a lot of (brilliantly written) dialogue which some narrators don't manage to pull off.
I found the book more similar to A Short History... than Two Caravans, but as with her all work the main thread of the story happens almost in the background, hanging off the very three-dimensional characterisation of the protagonists.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. The narrator was perfect and really managed the character voices and the nuances of their comments and conversation well: sarcasm, hurt, intrigue all came across. It is a story about love and relationships but is not a romance. I found it thought-provoking in parts and funny too. I also learned a lot but it isn't written to teach anything. I highly recommend it and will listen to and read again.
The wonderful narrator only made it more wonderful. I've already downloaded the other books by this author and read by this narrator. A perfect combination.
The two main characters and their relationship
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I laughed - a lot!
A brilliant observation of the characters. I loved the story
This is chicklit for middle-aged house wives. I so wanted it to me like a short history of ukrainian tractors. I gave it a couple of hours and then had to switch it off.
The narration is good, but the characters just don't seem realistic and the plot felt so dragged out. Also, I'm never a fan of books where the star character is also a writer, it shows lack of research into full rounded characters.
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