Saturday, 7 April 2018

#BlogTour: The Generation Game by Sophie Duffy @sophiestenduffy @legend_press #TheGenerationGame

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today. Legend Press are reissuing some of its most popular titles from over a decade of publishing. April 5th 2018 sees the turn of The Generation Game by Sophie Duffy. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy.

Philippa Smith is in her forties and has a beautiful newborn baby girl. She also has no husband, and nowhere to turn. So she turns to the only place she knows: the beginning. 

Retracing her life, she confronts the daily obstacles that shaped her very existence. From the tragic events of her childhood abandonment, to the astonishing accomplishments of those close to her, Phillipa learns of the sacrifices others chose to make, and the outcome of buried secrets. 

Philippa discovers a celebration of life, love, and the golden era of television. A reflection of everyday people, in not so everyday situations. 

My Thoughts:

The Generation Game is a book I hadn't come across until I was approached recently to read it for its reissue. I am so glad I agreed to read it as it was like a breath of fresh air and I enjoyed it very much. 

This book centres on Philippa Smith who has just had a baby, she is on her own and The Generation Game is her trip down memory lane as she recounts the story of her life. Crammed full of nostalgia that could have been wistful but wasn't. There are references to television programmes and anybody that was around in the 70's and 80's would love this book. 

A cast of lovable and unique characters underpin this story and evidence the fact that family are not always those that we are born into but those that we choose for ourselves. 

The Generation Game is an absolute joy to read, light and uplifting but never fluffy. There is of course touches of the serious and the author manages the perfect balance between the two. Beautifully written with characters that come alive and jump off of the pages. I raced through this wonderful book. 

A narrative that is littered with humour and characters that captured my heart, I couldn't help but become entranced by this trip down memory lane. Sophie Duffy is a writer that has her own unique style and one that I liked very much. 

About the Author:
 Author of 'The Generation Game' (2011), 'This Holey Life' (2012), 'Bright Stars' (2015) and 'Betsy and Lillibet' (2018)
Sophie Duffy is the author of The Generation Game (2011), The Holey Life(2012), Bright Stars (2015) and Betsy And Lillibet (2018). Her work has won the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Luke Bitmead Bursary, and has been nominated for the Guardian Not the Booker and the Harry Bowling Prize.
She is a writer and creative writing tutor and mentor for CreativeWritingMatters, as well as an administrator for the Exeter Novel Prize and other literary competitions.
Follow Sophie at www.sophieduffy.com or on Twitter @sophiestenduffy 
Please do have a look at the other stops on the blog tour.

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