The Unexpected Vacation of George Thring by Alastair Puddick

book cover of The Unexpected Vacation of George Thring

I can’t remember the last time I read a book as fun as this one. The first two chapters or so are perfect, perfect reading for a commute to or from a boring office job. I will testify to this effect, seeing as that’s the exact situation in which I read them, and they were perfect. They really speak to the typical boring desk job worker’s experience of alienation. And in fact, the whole book is a great commuters’ book. The chapters are short and non-meandering, ideal for zipping through on the train.

It’s also a very cheerful book, and hilarious provided you have a well-developed appreciation for the absurd. Or if you liked “Very British Problems” before it became all spammy and really wanted a whole novel in the same vein of humour.

I can’t say it’s perfect – I noticed at least five typos that should’ve been caught before publishing – but they didn’t impede my enjoyment of the book. First five-star rating I’m giving this year! :)


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