As a young reader, I saw the book and it appealed to me instantly. After reading the first short story I could not put it down. I am in Australia right now, with my grandparents and I can now see the resemblance between the characters and them, (are you sure the book isn't based on them?) It is nice to have a window into my grandparents daily life. Lots of Laughs within the many short stories. In the car I was passing Woolworths the other day and I shouted "THAT WAS WHERE GABRIEL WAS SHOPPING! WOW!" So nice to have some associations from the Riotous Retirement Book. All The Best with this book, looking forward to another funny journey.
Thank you for riotous retirement - villages are a mine of stories and characters. I loved reading this, amusing, lovely light reading
If you are looking for bedtime reading, look no further. Riotous Retirement is the answer! I thoroughly enjoyed the escapades of all the characters at Burnside village and, having acquainted myself with Gabriel and Helga, well, I just wanted the stories to go on and on! It is an easy read, well complemented by the skilful cartoons and verses. This book has a real 'feel good' factor and I highly recommend it .
Thank you to those who have written and produced this hilarious Retirement Village book. It is lovely weekend reading and I only put it down to watch the Broncos’ match. There would be replicas of the characters in any village. Brenda was so clever in convincing Gabriel to make the move. (This part is often left to the wife). She must be a saint to live with him, but he does grow on you as you read on. I loved the tale of the dinner and car trip home with Susan and Duncan. (Good for you Susan.) There are too many characters to mention but all the stories were enjoyable. What can one say about Helga? I wonder what is happening to young Terry, the locum. And I’ll keep in mind about how to deal with the little so and sos the next time they invade our village. (Idea on hold for now!) If I see any garden gnomes in our village, I hope no one catches me standing outside laughing. (Hard to explain) I also loved the Cartoons especially the front cover. I will remember about it when I get my motorised scooter. Thank you for helping me to find something to laugh at this weekend. This is important! PLEASE WRITE SOME MORE BOOKS.
A light & easily readable insight into Retirement Village living. Most enjoyable and amusing.
How wonderful. I got an unexpected but very much appreciated deadly surprise today in the mail. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, and a first edition signed by the authors too. I will treasure it and can’t wait to read it. I am going to guard it with my life as the authors have signed it, and over the coming years as it becomes one of the highest selling books of all time and the reprints keep selling out, after Oprah interviews Brian and Ronnie, it’s translated into 23 other languages and made into a fabulous box office hit by Woody Allen or the like - it will be worth a small fortune. Thank you.
Slam !! Bang !! oops—sigh………. A smile a minute fun read as an outburst of chaotic humour abounds when newly retired over 55’s adapt to a new lifestyle and different friends when downsizing to “Burnside Retirement Village”, all under the eagle eye of Manager Helga (they do not know what they are in for). Hilarious cartoons, eye catching cover and end of chapter limericks bring the stories to life. Brian and Ron deserve a courage medal for this pearl. Independent review 1st March 2014 Mary Campbell.
I loved your book - I feel I know Gabriel and Brenda (in fact I think they raised me). I have always thought life in a retirement village was a scary thought but you have changed my mind - I laughed out loud, smiled and even cringed at the action of some of your characters. I loved the pink dog story - My parents are no longer with us but I am sure I could hear my father agreeing with Gabriel and my mother feeling sorry for Brenda. Thank you for a very enjoyable read - Looking forward to the next one.