Monday, August 17, 2009

All that happened at number 26 by Denise Scott

"I'll never forget the first time John and I saw number 26. We just knew it was going to be ours. It was so awful and ugly and repulsive in every way". And so Denise Scott moved into number 26 with her partner, John, his circus equipment, a king-sized futon (but not a base), a Ventolin inhaler (to cope with stress-induced asthma), no savings to speak of and their newborn baby.

Denise Scott will be familiar to many from appearances on The Big Gig and Spicks and Specks among other things. This was a laugh-out-loud read as Denise recalls the trials, tribulations and fun of family life at number 26. There is something for everyone to relate to, perhaps with the exception of a circus performer partner and regular standup and television appearances. Denise describes the challenges of balancing work, family and life in general with candour and generosity. I, too, grew up at (a) number 26 but my childhood was far more sedate than this! Recommended if you feel like a quick, easy read with a giggle or three along the way.

I give this 4/5 Not bad!
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Reviewed by Julie @ Wendouree library

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