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Plagued all her life by her roisterous husband, straitlaced, outspoken, domineering Maudie is now on her own. Invited by her two daughters and her son to spend four months with each of them, she leaves Glasgow for the first time, uncertain of what awaits her. But what she finds in the very different homes of her children is not what she expects, causing her to reassess her life.
©1967 Margaret Forster; (P)2006 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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By colleen on 10-14-12

Waiting for a change

Great idea, Really enjoyed the reading of it. But we never found out anything about her children, how they were and ultimately Maudie never changed. All of the experiences should have done something to her, otherwise whats the point. Disappointed in the end of it. Could have been so much better and meant something.

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By Liz on 09-29-16


Wonderful characterisation of a respectable buttoned-up Glasgow housewife of the 5os. Jacqueline King's narration is outstanding, she absolutely nails Maudie's primness, as well as doing the Scottish, Yorkshire and American accents perfectly.

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By Joan on 02-16-07

Nostalgia with bite.

If, like me, you are old enough to have done battle with disapproving aunties and Mums back in the 1960's, this will all be very familiar! Margaret Forster has the most wonderful ear for conversations with a fierce old body who can't bring herself to mention certain subjects, but has determindly fixed ideas on everything else! It is very funny and touching, and Jacqueline King's excellent reading will have the catchphrase 'Dear God!' ringing in your ears for a long time to come.

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By Helena on 09-17-13

Ok, but ....

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'd read books by Margaret Forster before, but I had not realised that this one was set in the 1960s pre-decimal era, and the character therefore a product her time and uprbringing. The story was not fast paced, but the main problem I had was with the disagreeable character of Maudie. She was instantly recognisable as a kind of Scottish sourpuss I remember from my youth, but would rather forget! So I have to hand it to the author and the narrator: brilliant characterisation, and great mastery of accents. Please God I don't ever meet Maudie, though, and thank God that she is not my mother! I'd like to say it was bittersweet, but there was more bitter than sweet in Maudie, even towards the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Scatty Sallie the middle daughter

Which character – as performed by Jacqueline King – was your favourite?


Could you see The Travels of Maudie Tipstaff being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No. It's too dated, not enough plot

Any additional comments?

Maudie espouses a type of mealy mouthed disapproving older woman I sincerely hope we have seen the back of!

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