This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in a ramshackle old people's home in the English suburbs. It is the late 1970s and the place is in chaos - there's a much swisher old people's home nearer the supermarket with better parking which is taking all the best patients; Matron seems to be utterly without qualifications, and Lizzie has no idea what she's doing.
But, the longer Lizzie stays the more she discovers about the patients and the staff - she uncovers a love affair and a plot to kidnap one of the patients, as well as discovering how not to wash false teeth or give an old lady a bath. Very funny, tender and wonderfully gripping, Paradise Lodge is a celebration of chaos, love and old people.
©2016 Nina Stibbe (P)2016 Penguin Random House UK
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"Funny and sweet, a perfect summer holiday book"
Relaxing and enjoyable, this is a tender but unsentimental account of fifteen year old Lizzie working at an old people's home when really she should have been at school. Her eccentric family, the irascible staff and the diverse characters who make up the inmates combine to form a lovely and warmhearted novel with a neat happy ending. My only slight reservation is that I think that the listener does need to be able to remember the 1970s in order to fully appreciate the humour - it is a super picture of that decade and I was reminded of many things such as Lincoln biscuits, Tio Pepe sherry, Marc Bolan and other emblems of the time that made the story very amusing!
this is a lovely novel - basically about a 15 years old who works in a 1970's nursing/convalescent home with elderly ladies, gents and a variety of nurses when she should be at school. That's it. It's her story and it is funny and moving in equal measure. It helps that I am from that part of the world and understand the phrasing, the verbal short-cuts and the slang. The places are familiar even down to the roads. The accent is only slightly Leicester more Brummie so it is a joy to listen to for me as come from half way between the two but I will allow it might grate on some. Its voice is very much the 1970's but it is not a nostalgia piece - just listen - its worth it.
"A lovely story, read beautifully"
Couldn't stip listening, a good story delivered superbly by Helen Baxendale, entertaining from start to finish.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this whimsical tale"
Funny, empathetic statement on society with some great retro references thrown in that took me right back to my 20's
a nostalgic look back at a bygone era . An utterly charming and amusing book .
Helen Baxendale captures the humour and characters in this book perfectly.
Loved the story, listened to it twice now, if you remember the 70's there's lots of references and reminders of the time.
It's like listening to a friend telling you about their job and life!
"Perfect for summer beach listening"
Yes. Helen Baxendale was the perfect reader for this book and added an extra dimension to an already very good book.
I can't think of anything to compare it to. It combines lots of laugh out loud moment with a poignant and moving story.
The story is told from the point of view of Lizzie Vogel and Helen Baxendale totally captured her unique voice.
It is both funny and sad. A really enjoyable book.
"A fantastic story, beautifully read"
I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. The author's style is funny, heart warming and so relatable. An absolute delight
"Fly on the wall of daily goings-on."
Very witty tidbits and tales from a nursing home. Light hearted and sometimes sad but well worth a listen. Helen Baxendale fits the narration perfectly and her African nurse accent is fantastic!
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