When Curmudgeon Avenue introduces sisters Edna and Edith Payne, their presence is not welcomed by the proud, yet grouchy Victorian terrace.
Widowed Edith is looking for love and dates one of Edna’s ex-boyfriends, Maurice.
This does not end well, especially for the cat.
Edna is heartbroken after her long term partner moved to France and is now unhappily cohabiting with her idiot sister.
Edith’s son Ricky Ricketts permanently hangs around Curmudgeon Avenue with his on/off girlfriend Wantha, her sister Toonan and all the tomfoolery they bring.
The sisters decide to advertise for a lodger, and the notable Harold Goatshed moves in.
He is yet another of Edna’s exes.
Still vulnerable from the Maurice incident, Edith falls for his charms.
This delightful social satire tells of the quarrels, romances and dramas of the intertwined lives of Curmudgeon Avenue’s residents.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in return for an honest review.
This is a quirky story about a house and its occupants in the North West of England. The house at number one Curmudgeon Avenue is gossipy, opinionated and snobby. Drawn into a strange world of family drama, romance and secrets, the reader is treated to a unique insight into life within the walls of Curmudgeon Avenue.
The story has lots of characters brought to life by the narrator. Sensual imagery makes listening to this story an inclusive experience, though there are some scenes you wish were described less well.
The humour is plentiful and quintessentially English, I loved it. Irreverence and satire lift the story out of the everyday into something special.
The narration is professional and makes the story an addictive listening experience.
The next book in the series previews at the end of the audiobook and that sounds just as good.
Samantha Henthorn was born in 1970something in Bury, England. She has had short stories and poetry published in magazines. Her books include the Curmudgeon Avenue series (The Terraced House Diaries and The Harold and Edith adventures). ‘1962’, ‘Quirky Tales to Make Your Day’ and ‘Piccalilly’
She has two cats, one dog, one gorgeous grown up daughter and one husband. When not reading or writing, she is listening to heavy metal and would be thrilled to bits if someone read her books.