• Egg and Soldiers

  • A Childhood Memoir (with Postcards from the Present) by Damien Trench
  • By: Miles Jupp
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-09-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Headline
  • 5 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Summary

A charming childhood memoir (with postcards from the present) from food writer Damien Trench, protagonist of BBC Radio 4's critically acclaimed sitcom In and Out of the Kitchen, as told to News Quiz presenter and star of Rev, Miles Jupp.

'I have just had one of those absolutely mad mornings when you go out to have a browse at tagines and end up coming home with a brand-new gas ring expander. I think I was probably as surprised as anybody. Sometimes life is just like that, isn't it?'

Award-winning food writer Damien Trench takes you on a journey through his childhood and his early inspirations - culinary and otherwise - with occasional diversions to the present.

©2017 Miles Jupp (P)2017 Headline Audiobooks

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Just brilliant like catching up with an old friend

If like me you loved in and out of the kitchen then you will love this. I binge listened in just 2 days. If you have not listened to in and out of the kitchen I do think it's needed first. There is no massive storyline it's just Damien plodding along telling the listener random tales and going off at many tangents indeed. Hope there is a second one

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Good but not great

Solid and gently witty with Miles giving his trademark Damien performance. Not as good as In and Out of the Kitchen though, as you quickly realise that Damien needs the rest of the ensemble to bounce off (and also to dilute his pomposity). That said, I enjoyed it a lot and it makes a perfect accompaniment to cooking the Sunday lunch 😀

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Very very good.

If you enjoyed In and Out of the Kitchen as much as I did then this is very much for you. I both laughed out loud and was deeply touched in parts, Miles Jupp has created some thing great in Damien Trench and I hope for much more from both of them.

Quite simply brilliant, five stars

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Loved it

I truly adored listening to this book. It took me a short while to get used to not hearing all the characters from 'In and out of the kitchen' but as soon as I did, I was fully immersed in Damian's life as told by Damian himself. Wonderful book and I hope there is a sequel.

NB: Miles Jupp, if you read this review, I beg you to release series 4 of In and out of the Kitchen on Audible......Please......

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Miles Jupp at his best

Just as good as ‘In and out of the Kitchen’. I did think he’d toned down the character of Damien Trench though, but still funny all the same. Glad to see there were a selection of recipes included. I think you need to have listened to ‘In and out of the Kitchen’ to appreciate this book. I do hope there’s a sequel!

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  • M.G.
  • Devon, England
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A book to share!

I shall now buy several copies of this wonderful book as gifts for discerning friends. It really is THAT good.

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Brilliant

So love anything relating to the character of Damien Trench and the brilliant narration by Miles Jupp

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Enormously enjoyable.

The highlight of my Audible experience so far. Highly recommended if you are a fan of the series, or indeed of Miles Jupp.

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Blissful

I was already a big fan of Damien (and Miles come to that) and have very much enjoyed complete immersion. I echo a previous reviewer in hoping for more volumes. Thanks

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Worryingly funny.

This is a delightful book that made me laugh out loud whilst listening to it in the car. I think I worried the other drivers at the traffic lights.
I love the radio series and this book continues to riff successfully on the same theme. There is the same masterful understanding of how far to satirise Damian's type of personality without pushing it so far that it becomes too embarrassing to bear.
I love the character, and I love his recipes, especially the over the top shepherds pie, and I love his nearly self aware asides. All his diversions are amusing and the main stories are very funny. Poor old Damian he has had a lot to put up with in his life!
I find myself agreeing with his gripes about so many things even when I know that other people would laugh at me for doing so. I look forward to hearing about his early adult life; leaving Oxford and a PPE degree for catering college must have been quite a change!!