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To ask other readers questions about Tropic Of Ruislipplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec leskie, David Proffitt rated it it was amazing. There is always a danger that when you revisit something from the past that you loved it will disappoint. One thing re-reading this book has made me realise is just how much of his time Leslie Thomas was. Whilst much of the humour is There is always a danger that when you revisit something from the past that you loved it will disappoint.
Tropic of Ruislip, which was also made into a TV drama, centres around the residents of a new housing estate, Plummers Park, somewhere on the outskirts of London. On one side of the railway track there is the council estate with its church, shops and launderette; on the other side is the executive housing populated by the aspiring middle class professionals. The story centres around Andrew Maiby and his wife and daughter. The spark has gone from his marriage and his career is going nowhere.
It is whilst reporting on events at the local magistrates court thomss he meets Bessie White, the year old grand-daughter of one of the defendant. Told with great humour and more than a touch of cynicism, I loved the interplay between the characters, particularly when residents from the different sides of the track came together.
For me, it was not so much the thrust of the story thimas that kept me interested ruiislip the smaller events and witty asides that kept me chuckling.
Leslie Thomas was one of the most popular writers of the time. Whilst I enjoyed reading this book again, I did feel it was dated. But that said, it is a great story and one that would be a good introduction for anyone who has not read his books before. Jul 02, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: I read this in my teens, so I can’t remember much, except that it was about funny people living humdrum lives in a rundown housing estate. I think it was fairly “naughty” for that era, so that’s probably why I enjoyed it!
Not ruislkp changing or radical.
Just a well-written book with some social satire and a genuinely surprising ending. Not much else to say really. This is so of the ‘s. Jul 12, Karen marked it tuomas to-read. Comedy Selected ruisilp the Guardian’s Review team and a panel leeslie expert judges, this list includes only novels — no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems — from any decade and in any language. Originally published in thematic supplements — love, crime, comedy, family and self, state of the nation, science fiction and fantasy, war and travel — they appear here for the first time.
Aug 10, Wwmrsweasleydo rated it liked it. Leslie Thomas’ prose, characters and evocation of time and place are once again faultless, but in this book his plot lets him down.
Tropic of Ruislip
Unlike in the Virgin Soldier books, nothing ties together and no story really emerges from the collection of anecdotes. The ending is particularly weak. The characters really are wonderful creations, though, introduced to us beautifully, very funny, real and touching. Oct 28, Steffi rated it did not like it. A fairly stupid novel about a town that discovers its own sexuality.
More innocent than you might expect. Feb 16, Xdw rated it it was ok. Martin Edwards rated it liked it Dec 04, Eleonora rated it it was amazing Oct 21, Nick rated it it was ok Feb 17, Robert rated it it was ok Jun 05, Brian Hunt rated it really liked it Mar 03, Adrian Jauncey rated it really liked it Apr 14, Mr John D Leech rated it liked it Mar lezlie, Arno Laty rated it liked it Apr 04, Robbin Nichol rated it really liked it Nov 05, Kevin rated it liked it Feb 23, JJ rated it really liked it Dec 08, Hade rated it did not like it Sep 24, Tony rated it really liked it Mar 24, George Ganderton rated it really liked it Sep 28, John rated it liked it Mar 12, David Hayes rated it really liked it Jul 23, Malone rated it it was amazing Feb 14, Robert Leitch rated it liked it Nov 03, Rich Schulks rated it liked it Oct 07, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Born in Newport, Monmouthshire,Leslie Thomas is the son of a sailor who was lost at sea in His boyhood in an orphanage is evoked in This Time Next Week, published in At sixteen, he became a reporter, before going on to do his national service. He won worldwide acclaim with his bestselling ruuslip The Virgin Soldiers, ruisli has achieved international sales of over four million copi Born in Newport, Monmouthshire,Leslie Thomas is the son of a sailor who was lost at sea in He won worldwide acclaim with his bestselling novel The Virgin Soldiers, which has achieved international sales of over four million copies.
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