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‘The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81’ by J. B. Morrison

Frank Derrick

‘The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81’ was published by Pan Books on 5th June 2014.  I liked the sound of this book and was very kindly sent a copy to read and review.

This is the story of Frank Derrick who lives in the British town of Fullwind-on-Sea with his cat.  Frank has just been run over by a milk float, which leads to a broken arm and fractured foot.  His days normally consist of watching DVDs, buying things he doesn’t really need at his local charity shop and avoiding cold-callers who seem to keep targeting him.  It has been hard enough for Frank to fill the hours of each day as it is, so how is he going to manage the next few weeks ahead.

His daughter who lives in America arranges homecare for him.  Frank is totally against the idea.  But when his front door opens and assistance comes in the form of the lovely Kelly Christmas, Frank has a change of heart.  Kelly is like a breath of fresh air for him.  She reminds him that there is life beyond the four walls of his flat and that people of any age can have adventures.

This was a lovely book to read.  It is a story which I am sure lots of people will be able to relate to.  It takes a good look at both loneliness and friendship.  ‘The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81’ is touching, funny but also very sad at times.  I loved Frank’s wit throughout and how he could keep himself entertained with his impressions and all the ideas he had.

Well done to J. B. Morrison for writing this story.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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