Paradise Lodge

  • by Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by Helen Baxendale
  • 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in a ramshackle old people's home in the English suburbs. It is the late 1970s and the place is in chaos - there's a much swisher old people's home nearer the supermarket with better parking which is taking all the best patients; Matron seems to be utterly without qualifications, and Lizzie has no idea what she's doing.
But, the longer Lizzie stays the more she discovers about the patients and the staff - she uncovers a love affair and a plot to kidnap one of the patients, as well as discovering how not to wash false teeth or give an old lady a bath. Very funny, tender and wonderfully gripping, Paradise Lodge is a celebration of chaos, love and old people.

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absolute Paradise

this is a lovely novel - basically about a 15 years old who works in a 1970's nursing/convalescent home with elderly ladies, gents and a variety of nurses when she should be at school. That's it. It's her story and it is funny and moving in equal measure. It helps that I am from that part of the world and understand the phrasing, the verbal short-cuts and the slang. The places are familiar even down to the roads. The accent is only slightly Leicester more Brummie so it is a joy to listen to for me as come from half way between the two but I will allow it might grate on some. Its voice is very much the 1970's but it is not a nostalgia piece - just listen - its worth it.
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- Alexis

Funny and sweet, a perfect summer holiday book

Relaxing and enjoyable, this is a tender but unsentimental account of fifteen year old Lizzie working at an old people's home when really she should have been at school. Her eccentric family, the irascible staff and the diverse characters who make up the inmates combine to form a lovely and warmhearted novel with a neat happy ending. My only slight reservation is that I think that the listener does need to be able to remember the 1970s in order to fully appreciate the humour - it is a super picture of that decade and I was reminded of many things such as Lincoln biscuits, Tio Pepe sherry, Marc Bolan and other emblems of the time that made the story very amusing!
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- Alex Morrison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-06-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House UK