What We Did on Our Holiday

What We Did on Our Holiday

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Thirty-somethings Nick and Laura have been married for 10 years and things aren't going well. She senses her biological clock ticking away and wants children while he doesn't. Not because he doesn't like children but because he feels a child would be just one responsibility too many. Nick's problem is his parents. He's devoted to them of course, but sometimes even he finds his patience wearing a little thin which in turn brings on the guilt. But they are rather a handful. They're conservative, highly eccentric and increasingly infirm. His Mum's so enormously overweight that her heart's now a bit dicky and she is certainly no longer up to looking after Dad by herself. He's got Parkinson's Disease - not the shaking kind, as Mum's always reminding people - but he's unable to do even the simplest task himself and needs constant care and attention. Nick knows the time has come to take the matter in hand but things need to be handled carefully. And so he and Laura take them to Malta for what they hope will be a happy final family holiday. Nick thinks his only problem is going to be avoiding Laura's amorous advances but this particular island turns out to be a sun-kissed cupboard with more than its fair share of skeletons...Tackling a taboo subject with sensitivity, understanding, great affection and good humour, "What We Did On Our Holiday" is a remarkably uplifting, moving and reassuring novel about a time in our lives when it seems roles are reversed and we find ourselves looking after the very people we'd always assumed would be there to look after us.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • TV Tie-In
  • 0552773883
  • 9780552773881
  • 691,227

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"'A wonderfully funny, original and moving novel...Harding has knife-sharp observation, immaculate timing, and the guts to take his story as far as it will go'" -- Helen Dunmore "'Poignant, hilarious and ultimately deeply moving...a real page turner...a wonderful novel'" -- Marika Cobbold "'A wonderful novel...written with great humour and a rare generosity of spirit. Truly original'" -- Deborah Moggach "'Beautifully crafted...the perfect marriage of humour and heart'" -- Glenn Pattersonshow more

About John Harding

John Harding was born in the Isle of Ely in 1951. After local village and grammar schools, he read English at Oxford. He worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer and editor before becoming a freelance writer. What We Did On Our Holiday was shortlisted for the WHSmith New Talent Award. His other novels, While the Sun Shines and One Big Damn Puzzler, are also published by Black Swan. He lives in Richmond upon Thames with his wife and two sonsshow more

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"'Poignant, hilarious and ultimately deeply moving...a real page turner...a wonderful novel'"show more

Back cover copy

How old do you have to be before you stop going on holiday with your parents? Nick's 36 and married and he hasn't cracked it yet. Nick could have a great time in Malta if it weren't for one thing: his family. His wife Laura, biological clock ticking, is desperate for children and that means a nightly test of Nick's ingenuity to resist her amorous advances. There's Dad, afflicted with Parkinson's, scarcely able to walk or talk, unsure which country or decade he's in and obsessed by sex and lavatories. And there's Mum, with a personality to match her 18 stone (although she's convinced she's a size 10). And then there's the ghost from Dad's wartime past, come back to haunt them all... John Harding's bestselling novel captures that time in all our lives when we find ourselves looking after the very people we'd always assumed would be there to look after us.Moving, compassionate and very funny, it has now been made into a powerful television drama. 'A wonderful novel...written with great humour and a rare generosity of spirit' DEBORAH MOGGACH 'Wonderfully funny, original and moving...Harding has knife-sharp observation, immaculate timing, and the guts to take his story as far as it will go' HELEN DUNMORE 'At times so moving it's painful to read...beautifully written and very funny'WOMAN'S OWN Starring Shane Richie, Roger Lloyd-Pack and Pauline Collins, What We Did On Our Holiday is an ITV Production for ITV. Producer Chris Carey. Executive Producer Shefali Malhoutra Cover photo © ITV Productionsshow more

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117 ratings
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4 31% (36)
3 39% (46)
2 9% (11)
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