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"Keep your enemies close, your family less so...Last year Nat found herself with nowhere to live. She considered sleeping on the bus and washing in the rain but inevitably ended up on her parents' doorstep. It was only for a month, she assured them, if that.. She repeated this phrase a lot over the next six months, while the housing market stagnated like a spoilt kid's fish tank, and her life followed suit. While her friends pursued normal adult lives, Nat was taking packed lunches to gigs and being treated to lectures on 'Why It's Nice When All The Tins Face Forwards In The Cupboard.' ('So we can see what they all are at a glance!')Nat wouldn't say she and those like her were the real victims of the recession, but it would be nice if you did. Then she would do a tiny, brave smile. A book for anyone who's been forced back to the family nest, parents who can't shake off their adult kids, or anyone who's ever excused themselves from a family gathering for a quick scream into a pile of towels."

©2012 Luurtsema (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton

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  • Valerie
  • Witney, United Kingdom
  • 01-05-12

Oh so very true !!

I loved this book , I relate to many things in it, but from the parents point of view..........it is so true in so many ways. Very funny, and well written.

Everyone, I feel, will enjoy this book , if you are a returnee to the nest, or the parent of one, will so get it !!!

Well written, and well narrated, a book that had me smiling and nodding as I listened !

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Entertaining story

Would you try another book written by Nat Luurtsema or narrated by Nat Luurtsema?

Yes, on the whole a well written book and not too heavy to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cuckoo in the Nest?

Just liked the interaction with her parents

What about Nat Luurtsema’s performance did you like?

Good voice

Any additional comments?

Interesting and entertaining book.

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  • louise
  • redcar, United Kingdom
  • 06-07-13

very relatable

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i'm throughly enjoying listening to this audio book, Nat comically describes what its like to move back home in your twenty somethings. With fastidiously tidy parents eager to demean you to your face and brag about your accomplishments when not in your company this book is very funny and relateable.