Three to see the King by Magnus Mills

About the book

The third book from perhaps the most original comic novelist in England
‘I live in a house built entirely from tin. For a long while I was quite content here, and remained convinced I would find no better place to be. Then one day a woman arrived at my door and said, “So this is where you’ve been hiding.”‘
Living in a tin shack, on a great plain, with only the wind for company: what could be better? But with Mary Petrie rapidly turning your house into a home, and the charismatic Michael Hawkins enticing your neighbours away, suddenly there are choices to be made. Should you stay? Or join the exodus?

Reviewed by  U3A Group 3 Reading Group:

An enjoyable read – unique writing. Provoked much discussion, especially the “allegory” aspect. We wondered which country it was set? Evoked memories from one of the group who lived in a tin house in the Himalayas.

Star rating: ***

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Puckoon by Spike Milligan

About the book

It’s 1924 and the Boundary Commission is deciding on the new line between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. With much pushing and shoving, the border finds it’s way down the middle of Puckoon, dividing house from outhouse, man from wife, and pub chairs from bars. Something must be done!

Reviewed by Everton Reading Group:

50/50 split of liked and really enjoyed or conversely couldn’t get into the humour and Irish connections. ‘Bog’ standard laughter with some memorable passages such as the 2sq feet in the pub in opposite County. For those who like it, it stands the test of time. Best read aloud!

Star rating: **

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