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Thursdays in the Park

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jO5 Fri 16-Nov-12 09:55:11

Aparently this book, written by a woman in her sixties, (first novel) has been a top seller on Kindle for some time now.

It, all on its own, has coined a new genre - "Granslit"!

Thursdays in the Park

Only 20p too!

Ana Fri 16-Nov-12 09:59:23

I am hearing that word as 'Gran slit' hmm

gillybob Fri 16-Nov-12 10:13:43

Hi j05 I thoroughly enjoyed reading this after picking it up for next to nothing on my kindle. Its not the most challenging of novels I have ever read but a nice easy going, feel good, bedtime read.

This book fits perfectly into your new genre of granslit

annodomini Fri 16-Nov-12 10:27:17

Thanks for the recommendation, J. I've just bought it - 20p! Amazing.

jO5 Fri 16-Nov-12 10:49:38

That's not my word! Author was on the Today programme this morning. smile

Ana Trust you! hmm

jO5 Fri 16-Nov-12 10:50:26

We could call it Nannalit

Ana Fri 16-Nov-12 10:50:35

It wasn't meant to be rude! blush

Ana Fri 16-Nov-12 10:51:01

Or Grannylit

grrrranny Fri 16-Nov-12 10:51:09

J05 Thanks for the link. It made me finally pluck up the courage to download the kindle reader to my netbook and then buy the book. I had 43p extra on card (I had paid off more than needed) so now have 23p left - perhaps buy another book! So you gave me the kick I needed. Brilliant. Thanks. smile

jO5 Fri 16-Nov-12 11:20:47

grrrrranny that's good. smile (I think I had enough r's in there! smile)

Ana I didn't think you did mean it to be rude!? Please explain? grin

Mamie Fri 16-Nov-12 12:31:11

I enjoyed it and think she writes quite well (apart from the grandaughter's speech patterns), but ultimately found the characters unconvincing. The heroine was OK, but the husband, son-in-law and daughter seemed inconsistently drawn. I think she could be a good writer though, with better character development.

Grannyknot Fri 16-Nov-12 12:38:34

I gave up on it! Might go back to it. I had figured out where it was going. I have a friend who is a perfect role model for saucy 'granslit'. She is 67, very pretty, and has a constant stream of admirers. Someone asked her how she does it, and she replied "I give out" grin

Riverwalk Fri 16-Nov-12 12:49:16

Ana 'Gran slit' did make me laugh, considering the subject matter! grin

jO5 Fri 16-Nov-12 12:54:47

Rude girls.

jeni Fri 16-Nov-12 13:34:07

That's how I read it too

GranDi Fri 16-Nov-12 14:20:02

It's not on it's own. 'It's Never Too Late - an anthology of romantic short stories' written by and about thirdaagers was published last year and is now available on Kindle - and I'm sure there are others that would qualify as 'Granslit'. Any suggestions

jO5 Fri 16-Nov-12 14:22:35

Well, Mary Wesley starting writing her books in her eighties!

jO5 Fri 16-Nov-12 14:23:18

Although I think they went downhill after the first one. But they sold well.

lizh Fri 16-Nov-12 14:41:26

I heard her on 'Today' today too, immediately ordered it for my Kindle. 20p? Worth it if only to be able to talk about it!

Ana Fri 16-Nov-12 15:43:27

I don't think I actually want to read stories by and about 'third agers'.
I enjoy a well-written novel by an author of any age, but who would want to read about oldies all the time...?

jO5 Fri 16-Nov-12 16:01:00

Tbh I just thought the Granslit tag was interesting.

you can hear the interview on Today here. 08.20

For 20p I'll give it a go.

BoomerBabe Fri 16-Nov-12 17:45:50

I heard her on today this morning too and read all about it in a Sunday magazine last weekend. She said some very good things about sixty-something women which the young journalist interviewing her seemed to find new and amazing. Where's she been in her thirty-something world. Has she no mother?!
Things like: we're the baby boomers (!!) and we're used to dressing well and fashionably, we dye our hair, have Botox (yuk not this one!), are educated....blah blah. Then she went and spoiled it all by having a go at flat shoes and trousers with elasticated waists. Personally, I wouldn't trade my jegginngs and Hotter shoes for anything and have discovered elasticated denim trousers which look just like jeans. If being a modern older woman means anything, it's noy having to be a slave to fashion anymore.
Nuff said!!

jO5 Fri 16-Nov-12 17:53:06

hear hear

grrrranny Fri 16-Nov-12 18:08:49

About halfway or a little more through the book (well it is my first download so it's a novelty) and it reminds me in tone of the short stories in ' Womans' Weekly'. I admit I used to buy it like a comfort blanket as my Gran bought it then my mother but it didn't work for me. Anyway, the book so far reminds me of those stories but perhaps will end with a murder - don't tell me if anyone knows the end.

Still pleased about the kindle reader download though. grin

jO5 Fri 16-Nov-12 18:20:46

I quite like Womans Weekly. Not so daft as the other ones. Good for recipes.