Rumours of a Hurricane

Rumours of a Hurricane

Tim Lott / Aug 19, 2019

Rumours of a Hurricane Tragic and hilarious in equal measure Tim Lott s story of Charlie and Maureen Buck s ailing marriage and their climb up and down the social ladder during the s is a wonderfully honest portrait of

  • Title: Rumours of a Hurricane
  • Author: Tim Lott
  • ISBN: 9780140284461
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tragic and hilarious in equal measure, Tim Lott s story of Charlie and Maureen Buck s ailing marriage and their climb up and down the social ladder during the 1980s is a wonderfully honest portrait of ordinary people living through an extraordinary time Steeped in the decade s cataclysmic events, packed with the crimes and misdemeanours we visit on each another, RumourTragic and hilarious in equal measure, Tim Lott s story of Charlie and Maureen Buck s ailing marriage and their climb up and down the social ladder during the 1980s is a wonderfully honest portrait of ordinary people living through an extraordinary time Steeped in the decade s cataclysmic events, packed with the crimes and misdemeanours we visit on each another, Rumours of a Hurricane is a powerful tale of change, how we face it and how we don t An outstanding comic novel Places the 1980s under sceptical and merciless scrutiny Literary Review.

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    1. "Compassionate, tragic and heartbreakingly beautiful I cannot remember reading a more exhilarating or emotionally affecting novel" claimed the Independent's reviewer. My first thought was "Hasn't this person read Anna Karenina then?" Even Jonathan Coe describes it as an "epic narrative of the Thatcher years" -- a bit rich coming from the author of the ultimate 80s epic.As usual the hype is overdone, and unfair to a good but not great novel. It tells the story of Charlie and Maureen Buck from 3 [...]


    2. Of all the novels about 1980s Britain - The Child in Time, Money, What A Carve Up! - this still strikes me as the best. But its spell is hard to account for. There are no mini-essays tacked onto the story, no brashness, no 'post-modern' narrative trickery. The main characters are as ordinary and well-worn as an old carpet. But in the background, a lot is going on.Change is the novel's main theme, but also its major challenge. The biggest changes in life are gradual, the ones people rarely notice [...]


    3. Instead of the obvious high-octane stories of Porsche-driving yuppies in London's Canary Wharf, this book focuses on an ordinary bloke and describes how his family's life is transformed over the years of Margaret Thatcher's reign. It's full of telling details and the characters feel convincing.


    4. I wouldn't say this book was funny. It was more pathos. It is quite a tragic story of how people got dangerously seduced into speculating on property. It reminds you of how much has changed since the beginning of the 1980s.


    5. The front cover says that it is very funny. It really isn't. It is a harrowing, yet compelling read, especially if you were an adult during the 1980s.


    6. Interesting story, following the lives of Maureen and Charlie Buck throughout the 1980s - the Thatcher years.There's an unusual start to the story, in that it tells us what situation Maureen and Charlie find themselves in at the end of the tale, then it goes back to the beginning to tell us how they got there. This doesn't detract from the story but actually makes it more interesting.The title of the book is derived from an actual event in the UK in October 1987. For those who don't live in the [...]


    7. I love books set in the 1980s - my teenage years - I seem to be able to remember the events more vividly, and the whole decade seems to be more self-contained than the ones that followed. This book follows ordinary couple Charlie and Maureen through that decade, with its ups and downs and particularly the socio-economic upheavals that took place. In a bold move, the author lets us know exactly where they both end up in the prologue, leaving the rest of the book to fill in the blanks as to how th [...]


    8. Lots of reviews called this a comedy or hilarious or funny but I didn't find it amusing. Quite the opposite. Taking as its subject a couple's relationship, this book traces the effects of Thatcher's time in power on these two people. Charlie, a print worker, is caught up in the long-running strike, while Maureen is a stay-at-home wife who gradually changes because of the effects of the strike. The opening chapter reveals the final outcome and this spoiled the ending for me as I already knew what [...]


    9. I have just finished this book for the second time, the first time I read it I was bout 16/17 and I don't think that I appreciated it fully at the time. There are two things that I really love about the book these are, Lott's descriptive skills I think they are amazing and you are easily transported to certain events by his fantastic descriptions of sounds and smells. The other is the dialogue between characters. The dialogue is presented as that and it is unwatered or politically correct it is [...]


    10. I always read Tim Lott's articles in the Family section of the Guardian and have been impressed by his writing, so thought I read one of his novels. This one is great- a social/political history of Britain during the 1980s when Thatcher's government made and/or presided over so many changes. This is all seen from the perspective of Charlie- a working class print worker who becomes a secret Tory voter after buying privatisation shares and his council house and joins the aspiring middle classes. T [...]


    11. I thought this was so personal - Tim is 2 years younger than me and all the history and references are so exactly like it was living through the eighties. Very clever to show what you had to do to survive and what you could do in terms of ridiculous loans and where that would end up - with negative equity, etc - we know that if you were ok you could ride through it and sit it out and the houses regained their previous 'values' and more, but at the time living through it people were desperate . H [...]


    12. This was not the type of book that I thought it would be but it enjoyed it nonetheless. I was expecting perhaps something more comedic or perhaps more disdainful of The Iron Lady and her government. What one finds instead is the slow and unstoppable disintegration of the marriage and lives of two ordinary people as they progress through 11 years of Tory government. Tim Lott here appears to have managed to go a little further than just evoking the attitude of the time and manages to chart the mas [...]


    13. I'm a big fan of this book - I read it about 10 years ago and have leant or bought it as a gift for several friends. I'm known as a Thatcher's child (born in '76), this era fascinates me as a result of growing up amongst it, a little too young to really appreciate the events and their impacts at the time. The story of the family enduring and struggling through these times is good enough by itself, but moreover I found it a great account of the privatisation and have-it-all-for-yourself years of [...]


    14. I seem to be on a 1980s jag at the moment, though Lord knows why. I started off disliking this book, although I wanted to see whether the sense of doom could be sustained, given that the opening was already pretty grim. I thought it captured well the everyday cowardice and confusion of a man set in his ways and finding it hard to form relationships. Some characters - eg, Tommy and Peter Horn - were not convincing, but Lott has again exposed a certain type of male psyche. I intend to read The Sey [...]


    15. I felt at home in this book and oddly disturbed. I grow up in Thatcher's Britain, but admittedly was cushioned form most of the problems that that decade threw up; this was sober reading with well drawn characters (apart from the son and the neighbour) within believable scenarios. It was funny but compassionate ultimately, but by that I don't mean there was a "Hollywood" ending.Recommended.


    16. The story of a marriage break up set over the Thatcher years. Showed how the culture changed from community based to everyone out for themselves and how it not only destroyed communities but even broke up families - enjoyed the nostalgia of recognising aspects of the era but the book is a bit simplistic at times.


    17. Hah, hah, this was a great book, very well written. Made me laugh a lot, brought back memories of my mis-spent 80s youth.





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