May Contain Nuts

by John O'Farrell | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0552771627 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 9/21/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, September 21, 2007
O'Farrell's latest in paperback and thanks to an Ipswich charity shop :)

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Sending on a little holiday to Lara16 - cos she asked for it :)

(enjoy...no hurry to return)

Journal Entry 3 by lara16 from Dudley, West Midlands United Kingdom on Monday, January 14, 2008
Well, I've not book crossed for absolutely ages, so whilst browsing for something good to read - i spotted this one - which i've been meaning to get hold of for two years.

I asked a very VERY kind fellow book-crosser (Bookgroupman) if he could let me have his copy as it was on his "to be read" list - and he kindly said Yes!

Thanks so much, it came this morning and i'm starting it today - and as i'm reading like a loon at present - it may well be "winging" its way back to you by the weekend!:0)
Thanks again.
Lara16

Journal Entry 4 by lara16 from Dudley, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Superb book! written from a mothers perspective by a man and you would never know!

You have to read this book - i'm not a paranoid parent at all - but my word i know a few!

Everyone MUST read this book.

This one's off back home now - i'll be releasing it again in the next few days.

And thanx again Bookgroupman - you're a star!
Lara16

Journal Entry 5 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, February 16, 2008
Fanx Trace, glad you enjoyed it...back onto Mt.Toberead, but not for too long I think ;)

(25/03) I thought 'John' used to be 'J G' O'Farrell, or maybe that was the younger man looking for an appropriate image as a politically-astute satirical writer, a P J O'Rourke for the London middle-classes? This, however, is unashamedly bubble-gum comedy writing, so a la mode that it won't stay fresh on the shelf for long...so catch it while you can!

I don't think i'm giving too much away plot-wise if I give you a brief synopsis (look away now if you are worried). Alice and David Chaplin are neurotic uber-pushy parents desperate to get their oldest daughter Molly into Chelsea College, a made-up private school in South London; competing mercilessly with a friendship group led by the monstrous 'hairy walrus' F-f-fion. A side plot about a new 'personal league-table software' is very funny – this should exist if it doesn't already! In a desperate act of control-freek-ery Alice becomes a spotty lank-haired 11-year-old to sit the school entry exam instead of her daughter. The ramifications of this deceit and a growing realisation of the absurdity of living their lives, dreams and expectations, through their children, makes for a fun book. I will forgive JO'F some of the contrived morality tale, cos it's all very witty and funny :)

Released 11 yrs ago (4/12/2008 UTC) at Caffe Nero IP1 book-crossing zone in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom

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Taking along to today's meet-up

Journal Entry 7 by MrsDanvers from Aldeburgh, Suffolk United Kingdom on Monday, April 14, 2008
Picked up at the Ipswich meeting.
I was amused by O'Farrell's previous outing "The Best a Man Could Get" so I thought I'd give this a whirl - and if I get through it this week it can go to the convention with me as a London-based book for the release challenge, so Bookgroupman can attend the convention by proxy.

Journal Entry 8 by MrsDanvers from Aldeburgh, Suffolk United Kingdom on Sunday, April 20, 2008
"This is Your Life" was my last John O' Farrell read and although more than a little contrived was very amusing poking fun at the "fame industry".
This book takes on and sends up "pushy parents". Very funny.

Journal Entry 9 by MrsDanvers at Waterhouse Square in Holborn, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, April 20, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (4/18/2008 UTC) at Waterhouse Square in Holborn, Greater London United Kingdom

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Left in the precincts of the old Prudential Building, Waterhouse Square on my way to the London Convention.

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