The Sunshine Cruise Company

  • by John Niven
  • Narrated by Maggie Ollerenshaw
  • 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Susan Frobisher and Julie Wickham are turning 60. They live in a small Dorset town and have been friends since school. On the surface Susan has it all - a lovely house and a long marriage to accountant Barry. Life has not been so kind to Julie, but now, with several failed businesses and bad relationships behind her, she has found stability: living in a council flat and working in an old people's home.
Then Susan's world is ripped apart when Barry is found dead in a secret flat - or, rather, a sex dungeon. It turns out Barry has been leading a double life as a swinger. He's run up a fortune in debts, and now the bank is going to take Susan's home.
Until, under the influence of an octogenarian gangster named Nails, the women decide that, rather than let the bank take everything Susan has, they're going to take the bank. With the help of Nails and the thrill-crazy, wheelchair-bound Ethel, they pull off the daring robbery but soon find that getting away with it is not so easy.
The Sunshine Cruise Company is a sharp satire of friendship, ageing, the English middle classes, and the housing bubble from one of Britain's sharpest and funniest writers.

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Where does The Sunshine Cruise Company rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed every minute of this book. I place it at the top.


What did you like best about this story?

Brilliant characters, great unique story, great ending and, of course, the humour.


What does Maggie Ollerenshaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Maggie Ollerenshaw if one of my favourite narrators. She can do the cockney accent to perfection.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I don't care about the tag line... call it whatever you like... just please, please, please make this book into a film. I can just imagine some of the brilliant British older actors and actresses starring in it. Just make sure it's a British film with British actors!


Any additional comments?

Message to John Niven: more books like this one please.

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- Panny

Funniest book I have read for ages.

I found myself laughing out loud on the train which got me some very strange looks. Although there is quite a lot of swearing and some potentially horrific scenes, they are written in such a way that you forget what you are r listening to because of the way it is written. Deafly going to look out for his other books.
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- MISS

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-08-2015
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks (UK)