Paradise Lodge

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This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in an old people's home in Leicestershire in the 1970s. The place is in chaos and it's not really a suitable job for a schoolgirl: she'd only gone for the job because she wanted a new phase and it seemed too exhausting to commit to being a full-time girlfriend or a punk. Lizzie has some knowledge of old people (they're not suited to granary bread, and you mustn't compare them to toddlers) but she doesn't know there's a right way to get someone out of the bath, or what to do when someone dies.
When a rival old people's home with better parking and daily chairobics threatens to take all their patients, Paradise Lodge's cast of staff and helpers, from the assertively shy Nurse who only communicates through little grunts to the son of the Chinese takeaway manager who's renowned for his erotic handholding techniques, have to come together to save the home before it's too late.
From the bestselling author of Love, Nina comes a story of being very young, and very old, and the laughter, and the tears, in between.
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ISBN-13: 9780241974926
ISBN-10: 0241974925
Pagini: 288
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.21 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Nina Stibbe was born in Leicester. She is the author of Love, Nina, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year Award and won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2014 National Book Awards, and the massively acclaimed novel Man at the Helm, which was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. She lives in Cornwall with her partner and two children.

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'An instant classic - funny, wise, touching, entirely delightful' Marian Keyes
Fifteen-year-old Lizzie Vogel should be in school. Instead she's working at the Paradise Lodge old people's home for 35p an hour. (To pay for coffee and shampoo, luxuries her bankrupt mother can't afford.) Unfortunately, Paradise Lodge is on the verge of its own insolvency and despite the restricted diet (apple-and-raisin pie, three times a day) and a rival old people's home stealing its residents, Lizzie must somehow keep her charges alive, her mother sane (or at least off the drugs) and outwit the school head who's noted her absence. It's a lot of work for a regular supply of Linco Beer Shampoo . . .
'Keenly observed and sparkling with Stibbe's trademark deadpan humour. A quintessentially English social comedy: a novel that revels in the comic - and occasionally tragic - minutiae of everyday life' Observer
'Unforgettable: touching, funny, grotesque and brimful of real and surprising characters' Irish Times
'A touch of Holden Caulfield in 1970s Leicestershire... I wouldn't mind fetching up at Paradise Lodge when my time comes: at least we'd all share a laugh, a hug and a terrible cup of tea before the 'dying of the light' Lee Langley, Spectator


The true heir to Sue Townsend
Irreverent, warm and hugely entertaining
She captures exactly what it's like to be a teenager, with all its contradictions, confusions, anxieties and ambitions.
A touch of Holden Caulfield in 1970s Leicestershire
LOVE it! Instant classic - funny, wise, touching, entirely delightful
I'm not surprised to see that Stibbe's writing has been compared to Jane Austen's, and Paradise Lodge reminds me of a clutch of my favourite books
The funniest new writer to arrive in years
A new Nina Stibbe?! Best day ever
There is a laugh out loud moment in every chapter. Paradise Lodge brilliantly captures the internal panic of a teenager
There is never a dull moment in this lively, sensitive, roaringly funny tale
Stibbe looks at another chapter of her life through the prism of her trademark deadpan, acutely observed humour
Stibbe is a terrific writer with a gift for sharp dialogue
Laugh-out-loud funny and full of spot-on 1970s details
Stibbe is herself becoming a worthy successor to Pym, that peerless chronicler of the melancholy pleasures and small struggles of 20th-century English life on the sort of days when, as Lizzie puts it, "there was nothing for lunch except ginger cake and tins of marrowfat peas
Winsomely naïve yet confident
Witty and thoroughly chortle inducing
A dollop of nostalgia and very British humour
Warm, funny story