When young Charles Benson arrives in Toftham, a sleepy Norfolk market town, on a miserable Sunday afternoon in January 1952, he has only the vaguest idea what Fate has in store for him. It is at the hands of the editor of the Toftham and Wettleford Journal, Mr Juby, that Charles is introduced to local reporting and Norfolk ways.
Charles finds himself steering a perilous course through a minefield of WI meetings, funerals, fêtes, local dramatics, council shenanigans and point-to-points, floundering his way through a succession of debacles on his way to becoming a real journalist…and a real man of Norfolk.
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funny and sad.
staring in 1951 and finishing in 1953 this story tells of city boy Charles getting a reporters job in rural Norfolk, even though he knows nothing about being a reporter. Charles learns how to be a reporter, about people, not always sure if they are pulling his leg, and helping where he can.
loved david Thorpe's performance of the book, especially the accents. found myself trying to do the accents too
five stars because I feel I could listen to this again and enjoy it as much even though I know the ending.
- Mrs. K. I. Richards
A light, amusing and entertaining tale.
Funny, Elegant and Effective
The growth of the main character, Charles, from an inexperienced city boy at the start of the book, making embarrassing errors much to amusement of his boss, gradually learning a few life lessons along the way.
A fantastic narration by David Thorpe. Having heard other books read by him, his ability to not only read male and female parts, sometimes in accents, but his comic timing is spot on too.
The book has many ups, a few downs and plenty of silly humour.
It's a shame John Timpson didn't write any more books of this ilk. From the very first scene this book gently meanders along with tales aplenty to keep it entertaining.