The Tent, the Bucket and Me — October 2012

This is October’s book club choice, please join in by reading it, commenting below or writing your own review and joining the linky:

For the Seventies child, summer holidays didn’t mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves.

 For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went. Whether it was being swept away by a force ten gale on the Welsh coast or suffering copious amounts of food poisoning on a brave trip to the south of France, family holidays always left them battered and bruised.

 But they never gave up. Emma’s memoir, The Tent, The Bucket and Me, is a painfully funny reminder of just what it was like to spend your summer holidays cold, damp but with sand between your toes.

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Joyous.  This book was utterly joyous.   And made me laugh out loud.  Constantly.   It is just so brilliantly written by Emma Kennedy that you can hear her saying it.   You can see yourself in that Welsh campsite in the seventies.  You can imagine her granny and parents.   A truly brilliant book that I loved and if you need a laugh, buy it!

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    • Fantastic! Emma reading from it was the one of the funniest things I have ever heard. I think it will be a great book for this month. Light hearted and something we can all relate to!

  • I laughed out loud at this book, I then read I left my tent in San Francisco. I could not believe that so much could go wrong for two people I tweeted Emma to check, she confirmed that it had all really happened, you also learn that she did a law degree which explains her tweets re Jimmy Saville today

  • I read this book after @Lady_Briggs forwarded me your book club link. Its hilarious, I really enjoyed reading it and its not the kind of book I would normally have read otherwise. Thanks for the suggestion, look forward to next month’s !