Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

How Not To Murder Your Grumpy - Carol E. Wyer - Book Tour

In How Not To Murder Your Grumpy, author Carol E. Wyer has drawn on her own personal experience of life with a retired 'grumpy' ageing husband at home to write an humourous book highlighting many ways, over 700 suggestions in fact, to keep just such a husband occupied and therefore not drive you to distraction! 

I've enjoyed Carol E Wyer's writing in her fiction novels that I've read (Mini Skirts & Laughter Lines and Surfing in Stilletos) and that same witty, cheeky but warm-hearted humour is again in evidence here, together with a slightly more factual element to the content, this time in a shorter work that is fun to just pick up and read a few passages or pages from.

Presented as an A-Z guide to activities ranging from fun, to sporty, serious and just bizarre, there are passages on everything from furniture restoration, to campanology, bodyflying and yodelling, all included here with the ultimate aim of encouraging 'your beloved stop wrestling with retirement and tackle a new venture.'

I was tickled by some of the ideas here and by the variety of potential activities, and enjoyed reading about some of the people who have tackled these pursuits, including the 96 year old man mastering Zumba!

I was also glad to read the 'Author's note: No Grumpy Old Men were harmed in the writing of this book.' :-)

Published by Safkhet

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About the author:

After completing a degree in French and English at Keele University, Carol Wyer became a language teacher in Casablanca, Morocco. She ran the EFL department at a private UK school (a non-magical Hogwarts), set up Language 2000 Ltd, teaching a variety of languages, including basic Japanese, and translated documents. Recurring medical problems forced her to give up teaching and become a fitness instructor. Thanks to older age, she now writes novels, articles and books that poke fun at getting older. Known for her light-hearted take on life, Carol has written two award-winning novels and now also tours giving talks on how to age disgracefully.

Visit the other Virtual Book Tour Stops:

11th June 2013 Love Reading Love Books
12th June 2013 Cosmochicklitan
13th June 2013 Sylv Jenkins
15th June 2013 Rhoda Baxter
17th June 2013 Lou Graham’s Blog
17th June 2013 Bookalicous Travel Addict
18th June 2013 The Little Reader Library
19th June 2013 Room for Reading
20th June 2013 Brook Cottage Books
21st June 2013 Beauty and the Armageddon


  1. What a wonderful start to Tuesday! Thank you so much for this tremendous review, Lindsay.
    That 96-year-old is amazing, as is the 100-year-old line dancer! The thought of my Grumpy doing Zumba in lycra is a very amusing one. I might run it past him at breakfast and watch as he hurls bowls of cornflakes at me.
    Many thanks for being part of the Grumpy tour. Grumpy appreciates it too.

    1. Thanks for commenting Carol and for the chance to read this book :)

  2. WhooOOT! Another FAB one, Carol! Thanks for sharing Lindsay! :) xx

    1. Thanks for commenting Sheryl. :)

  3. Looking better every day, Carol. Fame agrees with you. lol


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