Paradise Lodge

Paradise Lodge

Book - 2016
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This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in an old people's home in Leicestershire in the 1970s. The place is in chaos and it's not really a suitable job for a schoolgirl: she'd only gone for the job because she wanted a new phase and it seemed too exhausting to commit to being a full-time girlfriend or a punk. Lizzie has some knowledge of old people (they're not suited to granary bread, and you mustn't compare them to toddlers) but she doesn't know there's a right way to get someone out of the bath, or what to do when someone dies. When a rival old people's home with better parking and daily chairobics threatens to take all their patients, Paradise Lodge's cast of staff and helpers, from the assertively shy Nurse who only communicates through little grunts to the son of the Chinese takeaway manager who's renowned for his erotic handholding techniques, have to come together to save the home before it's too late. This is a story of being very young, and very old, and the laughter, and the tears, in between.
Publisher: [United Kingdom] : 2016. Penguin,
ISBN: 9780241240250
Branch Call Number: AF STIB

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Stibbe’s young heroine Lizzie Vogel comes of age, contending with ‘comfort rounds’ and commodes in an elderly care home.


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Jan 05, 2017

A rather odd coming of age story for 15 year old Lizzie. It's a toss between focusing on school or stepping out in the world according to the Paradise Lodge with its unusual elderly. On taking an emergency call from Nurse Hilary: "It had been strange being phoned at home and it not being one of my friends saying they hated their dad's guts or did I want to go into town for chips.... It was a coming-of -age call. I stood in the hall and pondered on that for a while and then had to run for the school bus." The plot did not thicken if there was a clear one. The story did come together neatly at the end. English charm plus odd-ball residents among crazy teens makes for a joy ride.

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