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The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

J. B. Morrison

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The story of the pensioner, the milk float and the miracle worker Frank Derrick is eighty-one. And he’s just been run over by a milk float.

It was tough enough to fill the hours of the day when he was active. But now he’s broken his arm and fractured his foot, it looks set to be a very long few weeks ahead. Frank lives with his cat Bill (which made more sense before Ben died) in the typically British town of Fullwind-on-Sea. The Villages in Bloom competition is the topic of conversation amongst his neighbours but Frank has no interest in that. He watches DVDs, spends his money frivolously at the local charity shop and desperately tries to avoid the cold callers continuously knocking on his door. Emailing his daughter in America on the library computer and visiting his friend Smelly John used to be the highlights of his week. Now he can’t even do that.

Then a breath of fresh air comes into his life in the form of Kelly Christmas, home help. With her little blue car and appalling parking, her cheerful resilience and ability to laugh at his jokes, Kelly changes Frank’s life. She reminds him that there is a big wide-world beyond the four walls of his flat and that adventures, however small, come to people of all ages.

Frank and Kelly’s story is sad and funny, moving, familiar, uplifting. It is a small and perfect look at a life neither remarkable nor disastrous, but completely extraordinary nonetheless. For fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry this is a quirky, life affirming story that has enormous appeal. And it’s guaranteed to make you laugh.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 756 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 289 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1447252748
  • Editeur : Pan (5 juin 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IXLVX0E
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A delightful and surprisingly moving novel 6 juin 2014
Par Zarina @ Page to Stage reviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Frank Derrick is 81 years old when he is run over by a milk float and ends up in hospital with a broken arm and fractured foot. His daughter, who lives all the way in America, worries that he won't be able to take proper care of himself when going home and so she hires him a temporary help. Initially he is reluctant at the thought of frequent visits from a stern carer but that is before Christmas arrives, Kelly Christmas that is.

Kelly brings a breath of fresh air into Frank's house and life, broadening his horizons beyond feeding his cat Bill, making a trip down to the local charity shop and visiting his friend Smelly John - he even gets to go to the big supermarket! As the weeks pass by, Frank finds himself looking forward to Kelly's visits more than anything else and so he tries to stretch his limited pensioner's funds in creative ways in the hopes that he can pay for Kelly to continue coming over.

I love the current trend of books focusing on an elder generation and showing that when you hit 70 (or 81 in this case) life most certainly isn't over. I may not have read novels such as The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared or The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry yet, both of which seem along the same quirky lines of Frank Derrick (at the very least they have equally long titles), but I did already hugely enjoy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Heartbreak Hotel and I find a lot of joy in reading about the still very active lives of people 50 years my senior.

There is a space behind the word "extra" in the title of this novel for a reason, because the life of Frank Derrick (age 81) is incredibly ordinary. However, the way author J.B. Morrison describes the daily routine of his elderly main character proves that you don't have to be a boy wizard destined to save the world or a kick-ass archer ready to take down the political establishment to have an interesting story to tell. And while Frank's life may be extra ordinary, Morrison's quirky wit and the heartwarming charm of the story make this an extraordinary experience for the reader.

The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 is a both a delightful and surprisingly moving novel. For all the hilariously peculiar situations Frank gets in, there are also poignant moments of underlying mortality and loneliness. So while this is certainly an enjoyable novel that will make you chuckle out loud while reading, it's also a very thoughtful one that will stay with you long after turning the final page.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Funny and moving! 13 juin 2014
Par Alba Forbe - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Frank, aged 81, is a lovely and moving character. He was quite lonely, and after the accident he didn't want anyone to come and take care of him. But then, when Kelly arrives at his home, he starts to see there's life outside his four walls. From that moment, his highlight of the week is Kelly's visit and all his life starts orbitating around her. I loved their relationship, how she was so kind but bossy with him and how he couldn't bear to think about the other old men in Kelly's life. And the lenghts he went to, to try to get more visits, it was hilarious.

This is a tale of loneliness, sadness, getting old, accepting the death of your loved one but also of hapiness, finding the strenght to fight and enjoying life, no matter of how old you are. And it is written with tact and the perfect sense of humour. All the characters are special, even Bill the cat. So I totally recommend this book to everybody, actually the first thing I did after finishing is get my boyfriend to read it. He read the first the first page and was hooked.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant 8 juin 2014
Par Sophie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Frank Derrick, as I’m sure you can work out from the title of the book, is 81 years old and has just been run over by a milk float. Seriously.

You would imagine, being 81 and injured, there’s probably very little you can do and definitely not enough to warrant a near 300 page novel. Yet it’s Frank Derrick’s attitude to life which brings this book its charm and The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 is a witty, moving and wonderful story.

Frank is an endearingly brilliant character. He was a lonely character and I couldn’t help but share his joy upon his Monday morning visits from Kelly Christmas, the home help hired by his daughter. I loved seeing his relationship grow with Kelly, in particular their visit to the beach and then Frank’s exploits when the twelve week period of her visits was coming to an end.

His relationships with Smelly John and the other little star of this book, his cat Bill, were also highlights of the novel for me. As was virtually every other moment like Frank’s regular trips to the charity shop and the nicknames he gave everyone. There really wasn’t anything to dislike about this book and it was so well written, from the humorous to the sadder parts.

It made me appreciate my family members a whole lot more because I wouldn’t want to think of any of them becoming lonely like Frank as they grow older. The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 was touching, charming, funny and yet sad all at the same time. It’s a refreshingly told story of an older person’s life and a brilliant read.

5/5.

*Book gifted for honest review.
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