Aug 29, 2015

Book Review: The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick Aged 81 by J.B Morrison

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Review by Suze

Frank Derrick is 81 years old when a milk float runs over him. His injuries are quite severe, so it isn't easy for Frank to do the things he normally does. His arm is in a cast and he has trouble walking. To make things a bit easier his daughter hires a carer. Before the accident Frank's life used to be pretty simple. His wife has passed away and he's been living on his own ever since. His best friend has MS and he regularly visits him at the home he's living in. He loves to go to the charity shop to buy things he doesn't need and he's passionate about films. He eats tinned spaghetti and always goes to the same stores. He also likes talking to his cat.

Frank's carer, Kelly, is there to help him to take care of himself while his arm is in a cast. Even though she's only there for Frank for a very short time each week she changes his life completely. Frank has found a will to live again, to experience new (and old) things. Unfortunately to keep Kelly his cat has to go. Every week he's preparing for her visit for several days and Kelly helps him to get out of the house as soon as he's able to again. Frank goes out of his way to make her like him and to prove he isn't a sad old man who can't do anything by himself. When he's with her Frank thinks he can conquer the world.

Frank Derrick is a lonely man, he only has one friend, his wife has passed away many years ago and his daughter is living in a different country. She hardly ever comes to visit him, but Frank loves her and he thinks the world of her. Frank is such a sweet man. He's quirky and funny and I really enjoyed reading the descriptions of the way he looked and how he felt. I read this book with a big smile on my face and sometimes a few tears in my eyes. Frank is fantastic and I loved him immediately. He's so endearing. He's also naive and not very smart in some ways, but he's inventive and he tries everything to get what he wants. That doesn't always work out, but it keeps him active and it was such fun reading material. Kelly is cheerful and wonderful to Frank, but caring is also her job. Frank sometimes forgets that, which is quite cute. I liked this book a lot and Frank will always have a special place in my heart.


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