The phone hasn’t rung for months. Suzy Marshall is discovering that work can be sluggish for an actress over sixty—even for the star of a wildly popular 1980s TV series. So when her agent offers her the plum rol ...more
Suzy Marshall is an out of work actress that finds that jobs get harder and harder to obtain now that she is in her sixties despite being on popular programs years before. When her agent contacts her with an opportunity she immediately gets excited thinking she will finally have something to pay ...more
*Thanks to the Publishers for a paperback review copy in exchange for an honest review.*
It's all about a Cruise!!
Get ready to get on an adventure because where there are ladies, it's always fun!!!
The story revolves around Suzy Marshall, a popular 80s actress who's no longer getting any work in the industry. One day her agent gets her a job but due to certain circumstances the play is canceled and she is left unemp ...more
The opening section was great fun and I read the first 100 or so pages really quickly, it was all just the right side of camp and theatrical.
However, by the final 100 pages I was ready to throw myself overboard as I found myself stuck on this ship with a melodramatic plotline being laboriously dragged out for far longer than necessary. It all seemed to sort of lose sense of what it wanted to be - farcical comedy? Why then throw in themes of a much ...more
A light-hearted, fun farce based around the antics of a couple of 60 ish women who both find themselves on a cruise ship for different reasons that lead their lives to be linked together. I liked Imrie's style of writing, obviously dipping into her vast theatrical background and using her great sense of humour to deliver an enjoyable fun read.
Lots happening in this book; likeable characters that w ...more
*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*
This, for me was the perfect summer read. Set on a cruise ship, exploring the world and enjoying the sun.
I really enjoyed this book, and most of everything about it.
I really liked the characters and they seemed real with real problems and easy to relate to.
The story was fun and easy to follow as well and I enjoyed it a lt. There were quite the few laugh out loud moments in the boo...more
I enjoyed reading yet another book with elderly heroines. Am realising that this is the new genre for fiction and films, just as romantic fiction featuring tired middle-aged divorcees appeared circa twenty years ago. Will I await fiction featuring 80 year olds in the 2030's?
I’ve never been on a cruise ship but I almost feel like I have after reading Sail Away. I expected a fun, light summer read and was not disappointed. I didn’t see the twists coming and was surprised to learn how the characters were ultimately interconnected.
Sail Away is the story of two older British women who each ends up on the same three week cruise ship. It is an entertaining read with some amusing characters and a few laugh ts along the way. There are a few twists ...more
* The setting was fun, on a cruise ship and I practically felt I was on one while reading this
* I liked the little trivia I learnt about actors and what goes on behind the scenes.
* Was a tad slow but really picked up towards the last half. The plot was great and a thriller set on a cruise ship made this extra delicious.
* Seemed a little dragged on in the middle.
(from inside cover)
Suzy is discovering that work can be sluggish for an actress over sixty - and when her latest play is abruptly cancelled, she is forced to take a job on a cruise ship to get home.
Meanwhile, Amanda finds herself homeless in rainy Clapham. When she spots an advertisement for an Atlantic cruise, she realises three weeks on-board might just kee ...more
Full Steam Ahead for an Enjoyable Voyage
The plotline of the novel centres around two contrasting women in late middle age. The first, Suzy, surely owes much of her experience and quite a bit of her character to Celia Imrie, her creator. She is an experienced actor, a confident and resourceful woman who is clearly attractive to others and fun to be with. The other, Amanda, differs completely. She has been cheated on by her husband, and is repeatedly used and ignored in turn by her unpleasant, gro ...more
The story is visualized beautifully. Celia pays attention to small details when creating a scene, which makes for easy visualization. And she does that perfectly well, without really harping on the minutest details; givi ...more
Meets at on Tuesday, monthly, 4th, 12:00-13:00
We meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month, in the Art Gallery space at Shevington Library. We like to tackle all sorts of literature, and follow it up with discussions of our likes and dislikes. We are friendly and open to new members. Come along and Join us.
Our set book for this month was "Sail Away." by Celia Imrie. It was much enjoyed by the group Why not read some of their thoughts about this tit ...more
Amanda Herbert finds herself suddenly homeless when the purchase of her new apartment falls through, and discovers that spending a few weeks onboard an Atlantic cruiseship will be less costly than other alternatives until her hou ...more
It was well written and initially entertaining but really began to drag. It became ridiculously and unnecessarily complicated. It wasn't funny, let alone hilarious, although I could see it adapted into an amusing if farcical film, with Celia Imrie and Imelda Staunton.