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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in a ramshackle old people's home in the English suburbs. It is the late 1970s and the place is in chaos - there's a much swisher old people's home nearer the supermarket with better parking which is taking all the best patients; Matron seems to be utterly without qualifications, and Lizzie has no idea what she's doing.
But, the longer Lizzie stays the more she discovers about the patients and the staff - she uncovers a love affair and a plot to kidnap one of the patients, as well as discovering how not to wash false teeth or give an old lady a bath. Very funny, tender and wonderfully gripping, Paradise Lodge is a celebration of chaos, love and old people.
©2016 Nina Stibbe (P)2016 Penguin Random House UK
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By Alexis on 06-04-16

absolute Paradise

this is a lovely novel - basically about a 15 years old who works in a 1970's nursing/convalescent home with elderly ladies, gents and a variety of nurses when she should be at school. That's it. It's her story and it is funny and moving in equal measure. It helps that I am from that part of the world and understand the phrasing, the verbal short-cuts and the slang. The places are familiar even down to the roads. The accent is only slightly Leicester more Brummie so it is a joy to listen to for me as come from half way between the two but I will allow it might grate on some. Its voice is very much the 1970's but it is not a nostalgia piece - just listen - its worth it.

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By Patrick on 07-25-16

Perfect for summer beach listening

Would you consider the audio edition of Paradise Lodge to be better than the print version?

Yes. Helen Baxendale was the perfect reader for this book and added an extra dimension to an already very good book.

What other book might you compare Paradise Lodge to, and why?

I can't think of anything to compare it to. It combines lots of laugh out loud moment with a poignant and moving story.

Which character – as performed by Helen Baxendale – was your favourite?

The story is told from the point of view of Lizzie Vogel and Helen Baxendale totally captured her unique voice.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is both funny and sad. A really enjoyable book.

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