Book: Broomsticks, Walking Sticks & Zimmer Frames by Sue Moorhousecategories: Book, Humour, Black Humour, Old Age, Comedy, Short Stories, Fantasy, Alzheimer's, Animal Humour, Fairy Tales
Sue Moorhouseabout this book: Traditional fairy tales updated and seen from the often strange viewpoint of the older characters, Red Riding Hood's granny, for example. Also featuring a fairy godmother with a touch of Alzheimer's, the troll in the tower bock, the matron of Rapunzel's boarding school, a stressed planning officer and many more.
Writing the book cheered me up after some sad times looking after friends and parents in their last years. I hope it will give other people a laugh too! Play guess the fairy tale, a nice game for Christmas?
The book was a medal winner on the Authonomy writers' site and most people seemed to find it a giggle.
On special offer until Christmas, a good stocking filler for parents, grandparents and teens. (Not suitable for Children due to black humour, strongish language in places, particularly the evil witch and the troll, sorry about them, and some jokes requiring a knowledge of sixties pop songs!)
All royalties are going to the Alzheimer's Society.
Some previous reviews from Amazon UK
• "This is a refreshingly great take on classic fairytales. It's fun to try and figure out which tale each is based on as you're reading. Laugh a minute funny. Fun and playful and beautifully written." — Icarus Rising
• "Having just finished reading these tales I'm still smiling - that's a good sign. I love the re-workings of these classic tales. They are clever, funny, charming and contemporary. The writing is excellent, too: not over-done, lovely flow and interesting phrasing. I particularly like the use of a distinctive voice for each narrator - skilful and effective." — Terencetino
• "These are fairy tales brought right up to date with a quirky wry wit. Sue Moorhouse mixes traditional stories with her own brand of humour and insight into modern life.Both adults and children will enjoy these stories,as the humour works on different levels.the book would be a super little extra Christmas present." — Charlie Girl
• "Don't be put off by the cover with what looks like a mooning gnome. This is pure, no-nonsense north country humour. Imagine Thora Hird telling the story of Bluebeard with all the tomato ketchup left in and you get the idea." — Oriax
(Author's note. The cover does not look like a mooning gnome! It looks like old ladies' knickers, which is entirely appropriate!)
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