Not such a grand tour

15 08 2015

Us by David Nicholls

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Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home.

He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together.

So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.

The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.

What could possibly go wrong?

It doesn’t all go quite to plan. Douglas is not the most endearing narrator although it is worryingly easy to agree with some of his dubious opinions (not all of them though I should stress).

Reviewers are divided on the novel but actually it is pretty entertaining on the whole.

3 star

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