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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"I loved this book"
I enjoyed every minute of this book. I place it at the top.
Brilliant characters, great unique story, great ending and, of course, the humour.
Maggie Ollerenshaw if one of my favourite narrators. She can do the cockney accent to perfection.
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!
Message to John Niven: more books like this one please.
Brilliant story, I couldn't put it down; laughed out load at several points, best story I've heard in a long time!
loved it really good story and very well narrated will look out for more Niven books 👍
"The best audio book I have ever listened to!"
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.
"Quite funny in several places"
Predictable farce with just enough by way of funny bits to keep you listening to end. Fairly entertaining escapism both literally and metaphorically.
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!
"perfect holiday read"
a clever funny and enjoyable book which made me laugh out loud. many characteristics of the ladies were readily identifiable as ones I have seen and heard.
"I brake for no one!"
The best book I've listened to in ages! Couldn't stop! On the edge of the seat story telling at its very best. And hilariously funny in places too! I will be looking at John Nivens other books straight after submitting this five star review!
"Funny story but..."
This book was full of good ideas and some laugh out loud moments, completely spoilt for me by the amount of expletives. I have never listened to a book with so much foul language and lost count of the number of c and f words. I don't think the inclusion of bad language enhances the story at all. The narration was very strange with some dodgy French and Russian accents and a peculiar rising lilt at the end of every sentence.
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