Best Lighthearted Memoirs Reviewed By BookViral

Full of amusing mental meanderings...

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  • ASIN: ‎ B08TCJM5CP
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 162 pages
  • Genre: Memoirs


The BookViral Review: 

Full of irony and with a wry, sometimes depreciating flavour, ‘Cauliflowers through the cat flap and other tales from a solitary lockdown’ is a transparent and honest fly on the wall biographical account of one woman’s lockdown experience. Not just any woman. A woman who is indeed, as her friends tell her, ‘excellent at putting words together.’

Though a thoroughly entertaining read, it’s a bit like being found with your nose in your favourite aunt’s diary -some parts feel decidedly voyeuristic- even as you snort out loud in mirth!

With a unique delivery in which she builds fellow feeling and reduces her readers to chortles of a politically incorrect nature in equal measure, Cassandra Campbell-Kemp‘s get-on-with-it attitude in the face of adversity is truly inspiring; as is her ability to laugh at her own choices, actions and motivations.

Practical considerations -some a little over the top, such as the ‘spare room larder’, or the ‘portable loo and accompanying tent for solitary trips out’- are interspersed with vulnerable and tender moments which represent the serious business of actually surviving the pandemic as a person of low mobility with excessive pain, begging us all to self-reflect on whether we were (or still are!) truly there for our fellow man.

Despite being a book of personal experience, Campbell-Kemp’s wonderfully delightful metaphoric imagery stops the reader in their tracks to ingest great gulps of ‘country-flavoured air’ and watch clouds ‘scuttling across the fields’ as if out on their own illegal lock-down jaunt, creating pauses of joy and still amongst the frantic business of doing nothing.

Full of amusing mental meanderings, ‘Cauliflowers through the cat-flap and other tales of a solitary lockdown’ will bring your own memories and experiences of the pandemic flooding back as a shared but separate experience. It is highly recommended!

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