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Brilliant work James! Light, fluffy and easily digestible! I couldn't put it down! Well done!
The outline of this story is that the main character Frank Derrick is hit by a milk float which renders him immobile and his daughter pays for a home help to nurse him back to health.
JB Morrison's characterisation of Frank is spot on, as is the narration by Julian Glover. Its funny, thought provoking and sensitive, sometimes all at once. We probably know a Frank, we certainly know some of the other characters portrayed. The book deals with the loneliness and banality of being old with a character who feels his time isn't up, but is going through the motions.
Once I started this audiobook I couldn't stop, hence it only lasted about 3 days, it's a much better listen than his last book, purely because the character is likeable.
I would totally recommend this audiobook as its a great story a great listen and a great performance.
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This is the writers 4th book and the clearest evidence yet that one of the worlds finest lyricists is shaping up to be equally adept as a novelist. Not as laugh out loud funny as his last book, the excellent Driving Jarvis Ham, Frank Derrick is the more mature and poignant tale of an 81 year old man struggling to fill his remaining time with anything besides DVDs and cold callers. Frank has an accident with a milk float and home carer Kelly comes into his life. Whilst remaining laced with the authors considerable wit what makes the book so life affirming is the familiarity of the characters and the scenario they play out... as has been said previously, after reading this book you will phone your aged parents or grandparents immediately, riddled with guilt.
An excellent book, expertly read here by Julian Glover... definitely worth a credit, can't wait for the sequel out later this year.
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