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PorterGirl by Lucy Brazier
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really liked it
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Read 2 times. Last read April 27, 2017 to May 19, 2017.


Really enjoyed this so much!

I’ve had PorterGirl on my must read radar for some time. For three reasons, one it’s set in Cambridge, (and I live in Cambridge too,) and two I have enjoyed reading Lucy’s blog Porter Girl and following her.
Also, my youngest daughter works part-time as a waitress in one of the colleges in Cambridge so I hear all about college life from her, and all about the sumptuous food....

So my impressions of PorterGirl... I really enjoyed PG. It's one of those books that lifts your spirits up and puts you in a fantastic mood. It prompts you to put the kettle on and eat lots of forbidden biscuits! Lol... Porter G's experience as the first female porter of a prestigious Cambridge University college is a lively riot from start to finish, full of humour, tea, and jokes about eating fabulous food when and wherever PorterGirl can... Being a foodie, this constant ambition to raid the fridges and steal food from under her colleagues' hungry noses had me in stitches, as did crazy but ever so serious tasks such as PorterGirl rescuing a most important College cat via a precarious punting escapade. There's never a dull moment, but a dollop of rising fear ensues as PorterGirl discovers murders are being committed in Old College. She begins to fear for her life, but PorterGirl is no coward, (a former copper,) she manages to keep herself safe, until.... it gets a bit hot under the bowler hat. Even so, her bowler hat remains proudly on top of her head, never to be removed not even in the most dire, calamitous of circumstance!

My recommendation: 4 stars. A favourite read that will make you smile a lot - and smiling is one of my favourite pastimes. Lucy has a pleasing writing style that makes you feel as if you know her personally. But, this novel should come with a health warning: This will make you laugh so much that you will splutter out your tea and biscuits! I reckon our friends across the water will find the copious amount of tea drinking that is a signature style of PorterGirl exceedingly amusing!

Pop over to my blog to see my full review including my opinion section on why I rated this a four star rather than five star review.
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Reading Progress

April 27, 2017 – Started Reading (Paperback Edition)
April 27, 2017 – Started Reading
April 27, 2017 – Shelved (Paperback Edition)
April 27, 2017 – Shelved
May 19, 2017 – Shelved as: favorites
May 19, 2017 – Finished Reading
June 8, 2017 – Finished Reading (Paperback Edition)

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