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I found this book while browsing the shelves in a second hand bookshop. The first thing I noticed about the book was it`s size, with 679 pages it is about three times the size of an average paperback.The title `It`s All Right Now` reminded me of a popular pop song from the 1970`s. The cover ,designed by Ghost, also took me back to the 70`s with its retro wallpaper and furniture.
* About the book*
This book was written by Charles Chadwick and published in 2005 by Faber and Faber Limited, priced at £8.99
The story is being told by Tom Ripple, who is a fictional character, as he tells us of his adult life. Tom never gives his age away but we can guess that his story begins when he must be in his early thirties sometime in the 1970`s.
Throughout the story we are able to follow his family as the children grow up and how Tom and his wife go their separate ways but still manage to stay close.We are also given details of the lives of the people around Tom such as Neighbours,friends workmates and even his local shopkeepers.
The story begins in London and follows Tom through various house moves to other parts of the country always keeping us informed about the colourful characters he meets along the way.
Although Tom is a fictional writer it can be easy to forget that this is not a true story of a man`s adult life.This story is funny, sad ,sometimes shocking but always entertaining.
* My opinion*
It took me several weeks to read the book because of it`s size. I found it funny in places with Tom cracking jokes , often at his own expense. Being a story about people it covers all human life from the downsides of illness and death to the joy of Grandchildren and new loves being found.
On the whole I found it to be an enjoyable book.