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Publisher's Summary

For the '70s child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves.

For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went. Whether it was being swept away by a force 10 gale on the Welsh coast or suffering copious amounts of food poisoning on a brave trip to the south of France, family holidays always left them battered and bruised. But they never gave up.

Emma's memoir, The Tent, The Bucket and Me, is a painfully funny reminder of just what it was like to spend your summer holidays cold, damp but with sand between your toes.

©2009 Emma Kennedy (P)2010 Magna Story Sound, Random House Audiobooks

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An exciting and hilarious listen!

I loved it. What can I say? it did not disappoint. This poor family and their disastrous vacations kept me entertained for days. My wife loved it too. Highly recommended!

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Good and entertaining

I did not expect some of the language in the book, it was a humorous story, overall a great story!

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Hilariously Real People

What did you love best about The Tent, The Bucket and Me?

That this family made an adventure out of every situation.

What did you like best about this story?

What does Emma Kennedy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The tone of her voice while explaining the high points of her forced adventures.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The finality of putting camping gear away-even the awful bucket. It moved me.

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  • c jennings
  • 12-02-15

great fun.

this book will have you laughing out loud. Holding your breath as you anticipate whats happening next. brilliant and true life as we have all been embarrassed children. I listened when i needed to escape and this truly lifted my mood i couldnt switch it off. i thoroughly enjoyed it and it will be one i listen to again.

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  • Summerdayz
  • 08-05-15

Warning! you will end up laughing out loud!

Oh I loved this book, the narrator is hilarious...a fab listen!

can we have another?

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  • Simon Whitson
  • 07-21-15

Snortingly funny

Where does The Tent, The Bucket and Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not only did I laugh so much that I dribbled tea out of my nose, but I immediately started to listen again once I finished it.

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  • The Piebald Princess
  • 03-25-16

Very enjoyable.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As a child of the 1970s I think this would appeal to anyone from that era.
The era of playschools (not such thing as OFSTED), the start of holidays abroad, Biba being the sort after fashion label, stay at home mum's and the new towns of the 1970s.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tent, The Bucket and Me?

I can't pick one, but the bucket incident, the all inclusive food experience, the 'home corner' standoff at playschool, and the 5 course dinner in the French restaurant. They made me laugh. A lot.

What about Emma Kennedy’s performance did you like?

It was good, she narrated all the characters well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved to laughter in many places in the book!

Any additional comments?

I just loved this book. It was set in my era, and my mum is not that different to Brenda, so I could totally 'get' that.
It's not really a story, just tales from annual holidays in the main. This makes it a very easy listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-16

Explosive

Best audio book,just as other reviews say you will definitely not be disappointed..Narrator is superb .

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  • jill middlemas
  • 04-07-16

Emma kennedy is just brilliant

this is so good you will listen again straight after finishing bloody hilarious book totally

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  • richard
  • 06-12-15

Laugh out loud

Great book well read really enjoyed it
Listened to it while driving had to stop

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  • Diane
  • 05-22-15

Very funny!

I loved this book ! It brought back the nostalgia of camping in the 70s; Great fun!

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  • Binky
  • 05-09-15

Charming book.

Would you listen to The Tent, The Bucket and Me again? Why?

Definitely.

It's a great story, beautifully told by the author.

What did you like best about this story?

As the daughter of a Welshman, I found it very easy to empathise with, & recognise the fathers quirks as described by Emma Kennedy.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I particularly enjoyed the "runs" Emma experienced in the car.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found the whole book just perfect. I laughed & nearly cried in equal measure.

Any additional comments?

A really great book, well written, well narrated & worth purchasing.

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  • Denise
  • 01-10-16

Tiring (in a good way)

I like listening to an audiobook while dropping off to sleep, I find it impossible to sleep while laughing out loud. Therefore I'm glad I've finished the book, as I am shattered!
I spent the majority of this book laughing, but there was also some cringing, and even a little retching.
I have fallen utterly in love with Emma's parents and want them to adopt me.

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