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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"Proof, once more, that Townsend is one of the funniest writers around." ( The Times)
"Townsend's wit is razor-sharp" ( The Daily Mirror)

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  • Jane
  • PRINCES RISBOROUGH, United Kingdom
  • 09-05-14

Awful narration

What disappointed you about Rebuilding Coventry?

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.

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  • EJ
  • 31-12-17

Definitely worth a listen!

Another clever observational tale from Sue Townsend which kept me well entertained over the Christmas season.

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Sue Townshend her usual funny self

Purchased this book on a whim. Glad I did. Amusing easy read. Great, comical narration.

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Great story - terrible narrartion

What did you like best about Rebuilding Coventry? What did you like least?

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

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rebuilding Coventry?

The conversation in the pub at the beginning of the book

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Probably not but it would make a good TV two hour programme or mini series