Book Club: Abi Ross’s Hippy Dinners

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.

hippy dinners cover shotLaughing out loud is always a good sign when reading biographies and Hippy Dinners managed to make me laugh in surprise, recognition and also made me nostalgic for the ’70’s.

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 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.


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  1. 28 August 2015 / 17:05

    I really enjoyed this book. Different to what I’d normally read and although I couldn’t relate to it as much as others probably could I found it really enjoyable and felt myself smiling throughout 🙂

  2. 02 September 2015 / 21:37

    managed to finish this whilst on holiday. Still got jet lag but will write up review soon. Felt a little slow in the first bit of the book but then really got into it and I Really enjoyed it.

  3. 07 September 2015 / 10:14

    I need to write my review up in the next day or so and link up. Absolutely loved reading this book and read it in a couple of days on the train commute to work. Well done Abi!

  4. Jan Lennie
    07 September 2015 / 20:35

    I was the child that wanted Abbie’s life. I grew up in Liverpool in the 60’s / 70’s and always wanted to escape I hoped I was adopted and my real parents would come and take me away to somewhere in the country with a mother that could and did cook and bake – it didn’t happen so I did it myself and as a grown up settled in a village .The reference’s to things I was brought up with was nice. In conclusion this book was “nice” and “pleasant” Nothing more, nothing less