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Cuckoo in the Nest

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Keep your enemies close, your family less so...

Last year Nat found herself with nowhere to live. She considered sleeping on the bus and washing in the rain but inevitably ended up on her parents' doorstep. It was only for a month, she assured them, if that.. She repeated this phrase a lot over the next six months, while the housing market stagnated like a spoilt kid's fi

Paperback, 258 pages
Published 2013 by Hodder (first published April 1st 2012)
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Jun 14, 2012 Ash rated it it was amazing
Perhaps 5 stars is too generous a score. (Definitely a '4' I'm still experiencing the post consumption glow, so it's hard to tell.) But I'm surprised at the low scores on here. Personally I thought this book was hilarious and ploughed through it in a couple of nights.
I guess it helps that I'm in a very similar position - indeed this is why I picked the book up in the first place. (28 and back with Mum and the dream.)

I would liken this book to Bill Bryson's work (with less travellin
Reading this book has been very therapeutic as Nat's experience is very close to home.We have had a son returned to the nest for 2 years and the book helped me a) get some perspective back and b) appreciate my son's feelings more, c)laugh a lot especially at passages that could have been us, and d)laugh out loud at some of Nat's more colourful recollections and comments. Here's a little pun intended... " Mum hated Blackpool, from the first moment she saw a woman eat chips with gravy ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Annalie rated it it was ok
I bought this because of the high score and great reviews on amazon, I personally didn't find the book that funny and instead felt annoyed and irritated as she is describing what feels like my own parents in the book (That isn't her fault). Personally I felt a lot of Nats traits were very childish for a 28 year old and a little unbelievable at times, I initially thought the topic was quite funny and there was the odd snigger, but overall I found it wasn't very well written and a bit boring as ...more
Apr 23, 2016 Selina rated it really liked it
Not sure if someone could sustain a book this long for what turns out six months of parent-child nightmare, but Nat pulls it off.
I want to put it down to the eccentricity of the English, but, her mother shows worrying signs of pathological narcissism and I fear for the daughter. As for Watford, I didn't know there was such a place. Maybe happiness is in your own backyard after all, I mean London pfft. Who wants to live there??
Jun 11, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it
In my early twenties, I read a lot of "real-life" comedy books, by Danny Wallace, Dave Gorman and so on, where an author writes about their hilarious real life, while we laugh along and wonder how much of this crazy stuff was planned for the later book. Cuckoo In The Nest has a similar chatty comedy style to those, but with added plausibility, which can only be a good thing.

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May 08, 2012 Cherish rated it liked it
I first found out about this person on woman's hour and was quite intrigued about hearing about what has happened to her. As a result of this I thought I'd loan the book from my local library. There were some parts where I did laugh, but once I reached the 16th chapter, I got a bit bored, I couldn't read on.
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Nov 17, 2012 Neil Larrisey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious account, with large points of recognizable details. To anyone who finds themselves in the enviable position of having to move back in with your parents, buy this book and you'll see not only yourself, but also that your parents aren't that bad....
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Dec 28, 2012 Haley Hill rated it really liked it
Very funny in the classic self-depreciating way. It is clear how she is a stand up success.

The sort of girl i'd love to have a drink with.
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Nat Luurtsema is a BAFTA-nominated screenwriter, a BAFTA Rocliffe alumni, stand-up comic, author, actor and a third of sketch group Jigsaw.

She has just finished directing WYRDOES, a comedy feminist ‘Macbeth’, with backing from Film London, Film4 and the British Arts Council. It will be a part of the Shakespeare Lives worldwide tour, which will play to an audience of 500 million.

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