Our latest book is “Hippy Dinners”, by Abi Ross. Book Club hostess Jacqueline Steward, who blogs at Best and Beyond, starts us off on the discussion below. Read what she thought about the book and join in.
Abbie Ross’s biography of her family relocating from N London to Wales in 1972 and their quest for an alternative lifestyle is an acute observation of the ’70’s. I too yearned for Monster Munch and Findus crispy pancakes. It also charmingly reminded me that it’s good for children to be bored and from boredom can emerge the most creative games and friendships.
Wanting to fit in is a big theme but ultimately the happiest characters in her story are those who remain authentic and untroubled by others view of them. The anxiety of playdates and trying to do the right thing in other people’s homes was frighteningly familiar. Some of the characters have been altered to protect their identity but I desperately wanted to know what happened to over-sensitive Philip, swearing Sara, Hippy Dinners namesake and the Butcher’s daughter.
I loved this novel, it made me laugh with recognition and embarrassment and delight that she wanted to be John Craven and her Liberace loving grandparents disapproval that they foraged for wild mushrooms when you could.buy them in a shop. Abbie Ross’s parents were ahead of their time in so many ways (Tahini in the 70’s). I wonder how many Bloggers based in a city haven’t dreamed of relocating to a more remote location?
Look forward to reading your reviews (please use the linky below) and your feedback on her book. She is currently writing her first novel and I’m looking forward to reading that based on this experience.
Hippy Dinners by Abbie Ross published by Transwsorld Books. Available from all leading bookshops and online stores.