Performed by Isy Suttie, and featuring three songs from the book. This audio edition also includes an exclusive extra song and a unique introduction.
Isy woke up one day in her late 20s to discover that the invisible deal she'd done with her best mates - that they'd prolong growing up for as long as possible - had all been in her head. Everyone around her is suddenly into mortgages, farmers' markets and nappies rather than the idea of running naked into the sea or getting hammered in Plymouth with 80-year-old men.
When her dearest friend advises her that the next guy Isy meets will be the actual one, Isy decides to keep delaying the onset of adulthood - until a bet with her mother results in a mad scramble to find a boyfriend within a month.
From papier-mâché penguins to being stranded on a dual carriageway in nothing but a fur coat and trainers, The Actual One is an ode to the confusing wilderness of your late 20s alongside a quest for a genuinely good relationship with a man who doesn't use moisturiser.
©2016 Isy Suttie (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
Isy's delivery and sense of humour keeps a good deal of observational humour and energy in a book that, without this, may have been a real downer.
If you are on the wrong side of thirty, you will recognise those moments where it becomes apparent that share houses and parties are giving way to married friends dinner parties and mortgages, for better or worse.
Isy is genuinely likeable - I recognised her from the TV comedy Peep Show, and it seems like she shares a few characteristics with her onscreen persona - cheeky, upbeat, slightly nerdy and thoughtful.
In middle-age, no one can hear you scream.
There are some really nice moments in this book, and it's hard not to like the author and her sense of humour. I dont know if this would resonate with under-30's who are yet to live through this time of their life, but for everyone else its a well-written and performed take on the head games that come with the realisation that you are no longer young and cool.
"well worth a listen"
This was a lovely book about the transition from 20 something to 30 something. Izzy writes some lovely stories that are easy to listen to and often quite amusing. there's lots of mentions of bands and other pop culture that brought back memories.
I was surprised to find her more philosophical insights were actually quite insightful and thought provoking.
if you want an easy to listen to book, with some amusing anecdotes and something to make you think a little about how our relationships develop as we get older then read this book.
"warm, funny and relatable"
Charming narration (enjoyed the descriptions of the drawings more than the songs) laughed out loud lots and there were a few touching moments. I was a bit worried during the intro when she apologised in advance for all the sausage mentions that it might be too quirky but it wasn't. isy is a talented performer and writer, honest (probably) and likeable.
"Too much author"
Enjoyed the story as a little escapism, but the long slightly self deprecating introduction was unnecessary and stopping to describe the sketch of the scene you drew doesn't add more, it breaks the flow and I found it unhelpful.
"Loved it !!"
I absolutely loved this book. Listened to it in 2 days. Very funny! I'd bloomin love a night in the pub with Isy, I reckon we'd get on brilliantly. Go Isy Go, you're one top bird !
"Tales from a Interesting Life"
I really liked Isy as soon as I heard her on the radio. she has a sing song voice that immedietly reminded me of Victoria Wood.
However, the similarities stop there.
Isy paints a painful yet happy picture of her struggles to remain young.
What emerges is an incredible sense of fun and a truly remarkable and strong set of close knit friends.
Even as a 57 year old I could help but laugh along even though some of it was quite painful and close to the heart.
Buy it. You will listen at length.
"Some of the best fun with your clothes on"
If you love Isy Suttie, you will love this. Always amusing, sometimes rolling around funny and occasionally touching but never dull.
"Loved it :)"
Many laugh out loud moments - and she has a lovely voice! Fab songs too
It's a honest and funny book about growing up, love and friendship. This book is perfect for nice people who like to smile. Isy is the best friend I've always wanted and reading her book made my lunch break happy all week! Thank you for writing such a relatable and honest book. I recommend it to everyone!
"A fantastic homage to sausage"
Absolutely hilarious, and strangely comforting to listen to as a woman in her 20s. Isy does an amazing job of narrating, her Derbyshire accent a welcome sound to a midlander trapped in London. Especially enjoyed the oatcake reference, although Staffordshire oatcakes are definitely better.
"It's like sharing the sofa with your prodigal best friend....an absolute treasure and an Audible must."
If your door went and there, before you was your old mucker and she came in and regaled you with beautiful vignettes of life since your last school day friendship this is the best of these. She 'is' my friend she was beside me . Don't chomp in one hit but enjoy like a wonderful box of Chocolates a real joy.
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