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The Sunshine Cruise Company

By: John Niven
Narrated by: Maggie Ollerenshaw
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Summary

Susan Frobisher and Julie Wickham are turning 60. They live in a small Dorset town and have been friends since school. On the surface Susan has it all - a lovely house and a long marriage to accountant Barry. Life has not been so kind to Julie, but now, with several failed businesses and bad relationships behind her, she has found stability: living in a council flat and working in an old people's home.

Then Susan's world is ripped apart when Barry is found dead in a secret flat - or, rather, a sex dungeon. It turns out Barry has been leading a double life as a swinger. He's run up a fortune in debts, and now the bank is going to take Susan's home.

Until, under the influence of an octogenarian gangster named Nails, the women decide that, rather than let the bank take everything Susan has, they're going to take the bank. With the help of Nails and the thrill-crazy, wheelchair-bound Ethel, they pull off the daring robbery but soon find that getting away with it is not so easy.

The Sunshine Cruise Company is a sharp satire of friendship, ageing, the English middle classes, and the housing bubble from one of Britain's sharpest and funniest writers.

©2015 John Niven (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks (UK)

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Amusing

Funny story, kept me amused for a while. If you don’t like a lot of bad language it’s not for you.

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Brilliant!

Brilliant story, I couldn't put it down; laughed out load at several points, best story I've heard in a long time!

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Brilliant again

Please please please make this into a movie. I cried with laughter for the best part of 10 hours. Amazing

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I loved this book

Where does The Sunshine Cruise Company rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed every minute of this book. I place it at the top.

What did you like best about this story?

Brilliant characters, great unique story, great ending and, of course, the humour.

What does Maggie Ollerenshaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Maggie Ollerenshaw if one of my favourite narrators. She can do the cockney accent to perfection.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I don't care about the tag line... call it whatever you like... just please, please, please make this book into a film. I can just imagine some of the brilliant British older actors and actresses starring in it. Just make sure it's a British film with British actors!

Any additional comments?

Message to John Niven: more books like this one please.

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Superb...Love John Niven

This is an excellent piece of work. Really enjoyed the listen. Totally recommended!! Top work Mr. Niven 😁👌

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Funniest book I have read for ages.

I found myself laughing out loud on the train which got me some very strange looks. Although there is quite a lot of swearing and some potentially horrific scenes, they are written in such a way that you forget what you are r listening to because of the way it is written. Deafly going to look out for his other books.

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The best audio book I have ever listened to!

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I definitely got some interesting looks form people on the train commuting to work. I was completely hooked to the storyline and laughing the whole way through.

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Brilliant not to be missed mayhem and madness.

I don't usually reviews but I just had to with this book. I don't know what I was expecting, more education for my old age maybe? But this went way beyond even my hopes. I have a great imagination with is allowed to roam freely and boy did it run in tune with this book. I was reduced to tears, belly laughs, sniggers, eye closing 'oh god no...' moments and thinking I know what's coming only to be pipped at the post by John Nivens even greater imagination. Superby written and perfectly narrated this book was a complete joy. So much so I'm going to start it again. Don't miss out on the chance to make others wonder what is tickling your fancy as you enjoy the madness and mayhem.

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Absolutely Brilliant

I was recommended this book and went into it not knowing anything. I have never laughed so much with a book before. This has to be one of the funniest, well written, loveable characters, fantastic storyline books that I have read. I cannot praise it enough. The narrator made the characters come alive. I'm just sad it came to an end!

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The Sunnier Side of John Niven

I love John Niven for his sharp, acerbic and viciously funny writing so this shift of gears to a gentler paced satire was a surprise to me. At first I thought it was like Lou Reed going all John Denver but actually he pulls it off with a bizarrely heartwarming tale of bank robbing ladies of a certain age, old lags, dodgy gangsters and clumsy cops all farcically embroiled in an intercontinental chase that never ceases to entertain.

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