No! I Don't ....

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 72 ratings

No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club Publisher's Summary

Here's a delightful novel about letting go of youth and embracing the sassy curmudgeon within.

Don't harass her about parasailing or taking Italian language courses. Forget about suggesting she join a gym. Marie Sharp may be a little creaky in the bones as she heads toward the big 6-0, but she's fine with it. She would rather do without all the moving-to-Florida-bicycling-across-Mongolia-for-the-hell-of-it hoopla that her friends insist upon. She's already led an exciting life: she came of age in the 1960s, after all. Now, with both a new grandchild and a new man on the horizon, all she wants to do is make the most of what she considers the most interesting stage of her life.

In this wonderfully astute novel, based on the author's own experiences, No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club is the funny and often poignant fictionalized diary of an older woman a decade or two past her prime and content to leave it all behind her. So don't tell her to take a gourmet cooking class, and whatever you do, don't you dare tell her to join a book club. Fresh and truly unique, moving gracefully on in years has never been more hilarious than in this forthright grandma's take on the "third phase" of life.

©2006 Virginia Ironside (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Book 1

    • No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club

    • Diary of a 60th Year
    • By: Virginia Ironside
    • Narrated by: Sian Phillips
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Don't harass her about parasailing or taking Italian language courses. Forget about suggesting she join a gym. Marie Sharp may be a little creaky in the bones as she heads toward the big 6-0, but she's fine with it. She would rather do without all the moving-to-Florida-bicycling-across-Mongolia-for-the-hell-of-it hoopla that her friends insist upon. She's already led an exciting life: she came of age in the 1960s, after all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Telling it like it is

    • By Barbara on 12-14-07

    Regular price: $28.00

    • No! I Don't Want to Join a Bookclub

    • By: Virginia Ironside
    • Narrated by: Marlene Sidaway
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Too young to be whisked away by a Stannah Stairlift or to enjoy the luxury of a walk-in-bath, Marie Sharp is horrified when a friend suggests she join a bookclub as she turns 60. Bookclub people feel they must poke their brain with a pointed stick to keep it working - they're as bad as oldies who cycle across Mongolia in their 80s or paraglide in their 90s. As far as Marie is concerned, they're tragic failures who haven't come to terms with ageing.

    Regular price: $24.17

  • Book 2

    • No! I Don't Need Reading Glasses

    • By: Virginia Ironside
    • Narrated by: Maggie Ollerenshaw
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Marie may be 'getting on a bit' but it's certainly not getting her down. She's working part time so there are more hours each day to enjoy life. She has her friends. She has Pouncer, the cat, as well as a darling grandson. And she has Archie to share her bed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • LOVE This!

    • By Katherine M. MacIver on 02-16-16

    Regular price: $20.17

  • Book 3

    • No, Thanks! I'm Quite Happy Standing!

    • By: Virginia Ironside
    • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Marie is turning 69 this year, but there are no signs of her slowing down - she has a new lodger (very into conspiracy theories), an intractable iPhone to wrestle with, and a trip to India to plan! As usual the year brings plenty of challenges as well as opportunities. Marie is burgled, which sends the street into uproar. Ex-husband David is still around and getting rather too close for comfort.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • LOVE the story line!

    • By Katherine M. MacIver on 04-21-16

    Regular price: $21.31