Thursday 9 July 2015

Book Review: Frank Derrick's Holiday of a Lifetime by J.B. Morrison

TitleFrank Derrick's Holiday of a Lifetime
AuthorJ.B. Morrison 
Published: 4th June 2015
Publisher: Pan 

I read J.B Morrison's first book, The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 this time last year and thought it was brilliant. I had no idea that a second book would come out, so was pleasantly surprised and was looking forward to reading about what he was up to this time.

I can't believe I had forgotten just how much I liked Frank Derrick. I love his dry sense of humour and positive spin he puts on things. If you have read the first book, you will know that Frank's daughter and grandaughter live in America, whereas Frank lives in Fullwind-on-sea in West Sussex England with his cat Bill. Since Frank's carer Kelly Christmas left and his best friend died, Frank has been feeling the acuteness of loneliness. So when Frank gets given a sum of money to leave his home, he takes the chance to go and see his family, ignoring the fact that he will have no home to go to after the two week holiday...

I enjoyed this almost as much as the first one. Morrison's writing style and humour makes this a really easy, funny read and manages to turn ordinary every day life into a brilliant, captivating story. He has also created a brilliant array of easily likeable characters, which of course adds to the enjoyment of the story. Bill is definitely one of the funniest fictional cats I have come across in fiction, he never fails to amuse me with his supposed thoughts.

Reading about Frank and his time in Los Angeles and it has made me want to go back there. Despite the lightness to this story there is a serious aspect to it, which makes the story all the more touching and like real life. I really really wanted Frank to stay in LA with his family and felt for him like he was my own Grandad.

This was once again a brilliant read, Frank Derrick is definitely one of my favourite characters, I could happily lose myself in his stories again and again.


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