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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A comedy so black that you’d have to eat a lot of carrots to know whether George’s adventures are actually visible.

The Radio centres around the decline of the lovable, yet hapless George Poppleton, a middle-aged, henpecked father and husband who stumbles across an old transistor radio in his loft. His obsession with listening to the radio drives him on an unexpected journe
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published April 8th 2013 by Matador
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Liz Barnsley
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So we come to “The Radio” perhaps a book I wouldnt normally pick up but it was wonderful. Thank you so much to Mr Lee!

Meet George Poppleton. Henpecked husband and father and one of the most loveable characters you are ever likely to meet,one day he finds an old transister radio in his loft. As it becomes a bit of an obsession, we learn about his life, whilst in the background daughter Sam and Wife Sheila plan a wedding….

This book made me laugh so much, I’m glad I didnt have stitches anywhere bec
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was expecting good things from this book when I started it, but never expected it to be as good as it was!

We meet George who is a loveable father figure who is just a little eccentric, and his wife Shelia and daughter Sam. They are a fairly typical family with their fair share of dysfunctional attributes! George, the downtrodden husband finds an old radio that he starts tinkering around with while his wife and daughter go out and have fun while he looks after his grand daughter. The tinkering
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
This popped up on the new page of the library website, looked so charming I had to give it a go. Found the first 50 or so pages a little ropey at times but it really settled into itself.

Beautiful novel about real life, very humble but yet not afraid of the hard truths. Kind of book you should read just to remind yourself how many talented authors there are and to clear your palette from the 'usual stuff'.
Rob Johnson
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really really enjoyed this one. Great true to life characters which we've all met in our lives. Brilliant mix of heartwarming comedy and bittersweet tragedy. Superb twist. Cannot wait for the follow up to see what happens to poor old George. ...more
Rosie Amber
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The radio is British black humour through and through. It follows the ups and downs of a family as they deal with everyday issues. An old radio is rediscovered and plays an important role in the storyline. This book will appeal to those who enjoy this type of humour.
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know what exactly to expect when I started The Radio, but I'd really enjoyed three other novels by M. Jonathan Lee - 337, Broken Branches and (my favourite) Drift Stumble Fall, so I was excited to go back and read his debut novel, The Radio. It's not a book I'd usually have been drawn to, necessarily, but I'm really glad I read it as it struck a perfect chord between being entertaining and darkly funny, and also poignant.

The characters in The Radio are really what made the novel for me.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
That was a weird book.

To try to explain why let me put it this way: there's a literary novel here about a family coping with tragedy and how the ripples of it can still be felt years after. That's about 10% of the book. The other 90% is a Terry-and-June, 70s-sitcom-cum-farce about a hen-pecked husband and how his wife and daughter are planning an engagement party for said daughter. Meanwhile he's becoming more and more eccentric the more he listens to this old radio he found.

So as you can imagin
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sad, funny, alarming, and compelling. Didn't see the ending coming. Looking forward to Part 2! ...more
Ashley Woodrow
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant stuff!

This book will have you grinning then snivelling and then grinning again all in the space of a few pages!

There's a host of well developed characters and it's a testament to JL's skill that you develop such familiarity and such a range of feelings toward them despite it being a relatively short book.

You're sure to love George and Mollie from the outset but I found that I actually can't stand Sheila and Sam. Basically they're both just awful, awful people! At times I was actually
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this ... Funny. The ending was a bit abrupt - room for another book there. But with books it is all about the journey and I enjoyed it
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M Jonathan Lee is a nationally shortlisted author who was born Yorkshire where he still lives today with twins, James and Annabel.

His debut novel, The Radio was shortlisted for The Novel Prize 2012. He has spoken in schools, colleges, prisons and universities about creative writing and storytelling and appeared at various literary festivals including Sheffield’s Off the Shelf and Doncaster’s Turn

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