The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 Paperback
Frank Derrick is eighty-one. And he's just been run over by a milk float. It was tough enough to fill the hours of the day when he was active.
But now he's broken his arm and fractured his foot, it looks set to be a very long few weeks ahead.
Frank lives with his cat Bill (which made more sense before Ben died) in the typically British town of Fullwind-on-Sea.
He watches DVDs, spends his money frivolously at the local charity shop and desperately tries to avoid cold callers continually knocking on his door.
Then a breath of fresh air comes into his life in the form of Kelly Christmas, home help.
With her little blue car and appalling parking, her cheerful resilience and ability to laugh at his jokes, Kelly changes Frank's extra ordinary life.
She reminds him that there is a world beyond the four walls of his flat and that adventures, however small, come to people of all ages.
Frank and Kelly's story is sad and funny, moving, familiar, uplifting.
It is a small and perfect look at a life neither remarkable nor disastrous, but completely extraordinary nonetheless.
For fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 by J.
B. Morrison is a quirky, life-affirming story that has enormous appeal. And it's guaranteed to make you laugh.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 05/06/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781447252740
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Review by atticusfinch1048
The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 – Quirky & funJ.B. Morrison, better known as Jim Bob, has written a quirky and fun novel in The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81. Everyone who reads this story will recognise someone in Frank Derrick, me Derek across the road who just happens to be 81 has home help and gets taken to, Lidl, Morrisons and a posh shop at Waitrose (yes we have them up north).Frank Derrick is 81 and gets run over by a milk float while out buying a pint of milk so his daughter hires him a care nurse while he recovers. Like many widowers he is independent, cannot be bothered with the fussy outside world and certainly does not want or need some nurse bossing him about.Kelly Christmas comes in to his life as his care nurse and a breath of fresh air in his life. She is the reason why he goes from looking and acting like Compo to an aging English Don Juan in his West Sussex flat. So rather than his life being going to the local shop and visiting Smelly John in his care home, Kelly breathes new life in to him. She takes him out to the beach and the big Sainsbury’s shows that he can live once again instead of waiting in death’s waiting room.As the end of his care sessions near Frank tries to raise the money to keep Kelly on, he tries pawning his charity shop buys, cleaning out his shed. But he has to admit to himself that he has no money or savings he just is not good with money, it was his later wife who handled the purse strings. With Kelly moving on he feels as if his life is going to fall to pieces.This is a funny and quite quirky story that touches your emotions as we all know someone like Frank. Frank is nothing special and his life has not been remarkable or been a disaster he was just ordinary like the rest of us. I am sure there are many men can see their own traits in Frank, I am fortunate no male in my family lives to their 81 otherwise I am Frank!
Review by MatthewJamesHunt
This is funny, sweet, and very enjoyable. I really laughed out loud at a couple points, and I can't remember the last time I did that when reading a novel.