Monday, 6 June 2016

The Generation Club by Annette Keen

The Generation Club by Annette Keen
Published in October 2012. Won the 2008 Yeovil Literary Prize for unpublished writing.

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How I got this book:
Purchased the ebook

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I knew of Eastbourne author Annette Keen because she used to run a monthly jazz night I enjoyed attending. However I didn't initially know that she was a writer. Apparently she began self-publishing stories aged only eight but was discouraged by the labour-intensive process of writing out pages by hand and stapling them together! Some years later, with the acquisition of a word processor, her talent came to the fore again.

Annette describes her debut novel, The Generation Club as 'Gran-lit' but I think this does the book a disservice as I am sure it has much wider appeal! The novel is a well-observed look at the lives of six people, all of whom are first-call carers for elderly relations. From the cover art, I was expecting a 'fluffier' read, but The Generation Club does go to dark places. It is a real page-turner that left me quite irritable when I needed to put it down to do other things. I felt included in the lives of the 'the girls' and, although I hope not to end up in the same situation, I enjoyed seeing into their world and missed them in the days immediately after I finished reading. I have no hesitation in recommending The Generation Club as a good cosy holiday read.

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  1. This sounds like a good read. I like the way your blog has such a wide range of books read...