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Utter Folly

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Utter Folly is a wicked comedy about an English country house weekend.

When a young man visits a well-to-do friend’s family he learns some harsh lessons about love, loyalty, and the landed gentry, as his friend’s barely-legal sister tried to seduce him, he becomes a suspect in the efforts of a deranged policeman to nail a local retired rock star for drug trafficking, and ends u
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Paul Bassett Davies
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Elliott Downing
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like the English country houses in which much of its action is set, Utter Folly is a large and rather sprawling creation, filled with odd little nooks containing interesting things and side passages leading off to places you hadn't expected to find yourself. It feels a tiny bit overstuffed, but in a comfortable-chair sort of way, where a reduction wouldn't necessarily have constituted an improvement. The cast of major and minor characters is quite large, and nearly every one of them gets at leas ...more
Kate Rae
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Good Fun Filled Romp

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the storyline had enough interest to make it hard to put down and the characters were brilliantly written (in fact I’m pretty sure I’ve met a few of them as I grew up on a rural country estate)
Gemma Purple
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Could have done with some heavy editing!
Grace Harwood
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm a bit ambivalent about this book - I really, really enjoyed the first fifty pages which made me laugh a lot. Full of witty one liners and seemingly great characters, I was really looking forward to reading the rest.

However, the next 150 pages or so seemed to limp along somehow. I really struggled to get through them. The characters who had all seemed so promising in their brilliant setting, suddenly palled somehow. I liked James, but during the time he is obsessed with the utterl
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Did start thinking that this book was Utter B******s but I stuck with it and in the end it was OK. A bit too stereotypical of the upper class (especially after watching things like Blandings) and the end was all too conveniently wrapped up with everyone having a scret revealed. On the whole it passed a few hours in the sunshine and was probably worth the 99p I paid to download it!
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Clearly part of the 'dotty upper class family in country pile' genre. Very enjoyable romp through all manner of eccentricity with some assorted craziness of plt thrown in. Enjoyed the Miss Marple type denouement at the end - or maybe that should be anti-denoument?

Will look out for his next......
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Crazy story

James what a guy to be put through all that.
I really liked him and his perspective on life he seemed clueless to begin with but you realise how much he hides inside himself like most of us do.
Richie Brown
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I remembered really enjoying this book and wanted to read it again. It's still a very funny farce, packed with well-formed characters. Some time after the immense fun of the village fete it takes a slight dive and doesn't recover fully by the end, but a great read (twice) nonetheless.
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“James was disturbed by the way the computers quietly went about their business, running the network of trains, unconcerned about whether anyone was there to see them or not. It made him feel, as he left the room, that he was closing the door on a parallel universe with an entirely independent existence.” 1 likes
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