The Old Devils, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Malcolm, Peter and Charlie and their Soave-sodden wives have one main ambition left in life: to drink Wales dry.

But their routine is both shaken and stirred when they are joined by professional Welshman Alun Weaver (CBE) and his wife, Rhiannon.




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Good if you like Welsh windbags. Great TV adaptation that I've never seen repeated

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Senior citizen sex! Have I gotten your attention? Wisely the author did not dscribe the sex in any detail - visualization is left to the reader. But there is plenty of it here. Four or five couples (there are a lot of characters) that have known each other for decades have their lives disrupted when one old couple returns to their hometown. It’s like the TV show “Friends” for seniors - they have all slept with each other.They also do an incredible amount of drinking and smoking, pub crawling all over a fictional Wales. That is part of the theme of the book, searching for the old Wales and the real Welchman. There is a fictional poet that serves as the symbol of that search. Celebrated as a great Welch poet, he didn’t even speak Welch.It’s a good read, full of wry British humor.

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I really had to struggle to finish this book and resented most of the time spent reading it. The book had some merit but it really wasn't for me at this time. It was a huge disappointment as I so enjoyed Amis' Lucky Jim.

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