When the residents of a Highland care home discover that the new owners are about to substantially put up the fees, they know that dramatic action is called for. But what can a group of senior citizens possibly do against a big organisation? For Dorothy, the situation is serious. If she can't raise money she'll have to leave all her friends, like dear Miss Ross. In protest, the residents barricade themselves into the lounge. However, their rebellion fails, so worldly-wise Joan suggests a most unusual way to cover the rise - a very naughty chat line for men who want to talk to older women 'in a particular way'! As their lives take a series of unexpected turns, things get increasingly out of control ...Casting Off is a hilarious, poignant tale of friendship, loyalty and sacrifice - and how it's never too late to try something new.
Author, playwright and journalist P I Paris lives in the Highlands of Scotland and is best known for the historical fiction and non-fiction books he wrote about the Italian chapel, built during WW2 by Italian POWs in Orkney. His contemporary novel, Men Cry Alone, broke new ground in raising the profile of domestic abuse against men.
His stage play, Casting Off, played to sell-out audiences in the autumn of 2015. The hilarious storyline is taken to new heights in this latest novel by the same name.
~I was sent a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - This book gave me so many emotions that I just enjoyed it so much. I haven't read anything my P.I. Paris before but I just loved this so much that I defiantly will be reading more from her in the future. She is a fantastic writer and really knows how to tell a story. A story that will have you laughing, awwing and even maybe shedding a few tears-like I did. A beautifully funny story from the beginning to the end about some women, their friendship and releasing they are never two old to try something new.
There are some issues in this book that are handled very nicely but they really don't sugar coat them at all and reading about these women and their thoughts on these issues was refreshing.
Dorothy was my absolute fave in this book! She had me laughing a lot and I would of loved to read more on her character as when people called her up they aren't expecting what she's is going to say and that is why she is my favourite and I really loved her.
This book will have you gripped from the beginning. There are short chapters so I just flew through this book and I enjoyed it a lot. So, if you're looking for a kind of different read about older women, chatlines and of course knitting then this is defiantly the book for you.
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