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Stairlift to Heaven: Growing Old Disgracefully [Kindle Edition]

Terry Ravenscroft
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The 2012 Paralympic Games are still six years away but already the sixty-five year old Terry Ravenscroft is putting together a team for the Throwing the Zimmer (Walking) Frame competition - should such an event be included. And when he has time to fit it in, of course. For this is a man who has many other diversions to fill his waking hours (of which he has more to fill than most people, thanks to the troublesome prostate gland that wakes him up in urgent need of a pee a least six times every night ).
Stairlift to Heaven, the journal of an old age pensioner, is an irreverent, hilarious look at one man’s life after retirement. Although written by an old age pensioner, non-coffin dodgers should not be put off by this. Everyone will be old one day, and there are many valuable lessons in coping with advancing age to be learned within its pages (including the aforementioned prostate gland problem and the countless bladder examinations it brings with it); you will learn how to cope with increasing forgetfulness; how to become adept at dealing with junk mail; how not to go about capturing a Christmas goose; how to deal with the increasing forgetfulness....sorry, I forgot, I already mentioned that; discover why you might be well advised to avoid swimming lessons; why you would do well to give faith healers the widest of wide berths; learn how to deal with neighbours from hell; along with many more tips to help you through the minefield that comes with old age. But most of all you will learn how you can have lots of FUN whilst you’re doing it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Razzamatazz Publications (Jan. 12 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058NXFVU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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If I had to sum up this book in one sentence I would say "British comedy at it's best"

I have never read any of this author's books before and I was very impressed.

Stairlift to Heaven is a diary of an OAP, the accounts are all true with a little bit of exaggeration added here and there.

Terry lives with his wife 'the trouble' as he has nicknamed her, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their relationship.  I am not going to say his 'long suffering wife' because she can certainly hold her own and I would say their marriage is equal.  Terry and his wife are a very entertaining couple and I was in hysterics reading about them.

He also talks about his very good friend Atkins, the parts in the book which involved Atkins and Terry were my favourite and the tears were rolling down my checks as I was reading about them.  The things they get up to we're almost like what a couple of naughty schoolboys do behind their mum's backs.

A selection of my favourite parts of the book were when Terry went into a barbers shop quizzing him about his advertised prices, the part with the duck in the restaurant, the bit where he jumps the canal and the charity shop trip in York.

This book doesn't hold back at all and reminds me of the older British comedy which I have always enjoyed.  The added bonus for me was that it mentions a lot of familiar places to me as it is set near where I live and I recognised a lot of the places, pubs and restaurants mentioned.

I have read a few of the reviews and a lot recommend this book for the over 50's, I disagree and would recommend it to anybody with a good sense of humour.  I am mid 30's and I loved it.

I am definitely going to read more of the author's work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Humour Feb. 23 2013
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This book is very funny, but I didn't finish it. I found the humour to be more like that discussed amongst a group of men having a "pint or two" at the local pub - and it was not for me.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stairlift to Heaven-a great highly energized, blend of truth and wit with constantly on-target punch lines Feb. 26 2012
By Norm Goldman - Published on
Author: Terry Ravenscroft
ISBN: 978-1-908895-02-8

If you are a Brit, please excuse my ignorance if I never heard of such well-known BBC comedy shows as Les Dawson, The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise, Alas Smith and Jones, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Dave Allen, Frankie Howerd, Ken Dodd, and Ray Hudd. These are some of the shows that Terry Ravenscroft wrote the scripts for and if they were as hilarious as his recent journal, Stairlift to Heaven, they must have been a blast!

In the Forward to Stairlift to Heaven Ravenscroft informs us that the day before his sixty-fifth birthday he decided to keep a journal chronicling the first five years of his life as an old age pensioner. And incidentally, he doesn't like to use the term 'Senior Citizen' explaining that people his age are old and draw a pension, neither something to be ashamed of-why call ourselves senior citizens?

His piercing curmudgeon humour concerning problems faced by those of us who are getting along in years could best be described as a blend of the late legendary American television writer Andy Rooney, who appeared regularly on the CBS News program 60 Minutes and Larry David, co-creator of the well-known American television series Seinfeld and creator of Curb Your Enthusiasm. A word of caution, his graphic take on his medical problems pertaining to hidden parts of his anatomy are best enjoyed by those who are not easily put off by his raw and crude descriptions. Yet, you still have to admit, after reading some of his essays, that he is very funny man and his perceptions are right on, particularly if you have reached the age where trips to the doctor for a variety of tests concerning your derrière or bladder become part of your medical routine.

And as for some of the wacko shenanigans he has pulled off with his neighbour Atkins, all I can say is that I am surprised that both of them have never been locked up and the key thrown away for their lunacy. Moreover, I don't know how his wife Delma, whom he calls "The Trouble" because she has a habit, when addressing him, of beginning her sentences with the words 'The trouble with you is....,' puts up with him.

Perhaps the best feature of Ravenscroft's writing is his unique creativity in the way he approaches solutions to some problems. For example, it can be quite annoying if you live in a small town with an open countryside where horses defecate on your street. Ravenscroft's quick fix is that just as responsible dog owners carry a poop scoop and a plastic bag, horse owners should be obliged to do the same. No doubt, as Ravenscroft reminds us, this would probably require a couple of bags, and granted, the filled bags would be quite heavy. But as Ravenscroft states, so what, you could hang them either side of their horse like saddlebags. In fact, he is seriously thinking of starting a national campaign to implement his idea.

If you are wondering why Ravenscroft entitled his tome Stairlift to Heaven, he explains that it is a metaphorical stairlift on which he rides-as yet he has no need of the real thing, and sincerely hopes he never will. But, as he states, "at my time of life I am certainly on it, sat at the bottom with St. Peter and the Pearly Gates awaiting me at the top." With this in mind, he invites his readers to join him on his ride on his Stairlift to Heaven-a great highly energized, blend of truth and wit with constantly on-target punch lines, and if you want a book that will keep you in stitches, this is the one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Side Splittingly Funny Sept. 15 2011
By EJ Harrigan - Published on
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This is the second book by this author I have read so I had an idea it would be funny. I approached with trepidation though as the subject was aging and I wondered how one could treat this with the kind of wonderful irreverence I had come to expect. I should not have worried. Mr Ravenscroft mixes humour with sage advice and a brilliant sarky skewed view of the world to deliver a laugh out loud work that the reader is genuinely sad to finish. If you like classic English comedy you will find here echoes of the very best of it. It seems to me the golden age of bbc/itv comedy was the seventies and I now know why if authors such as this were at the peak of their powers at the time. I'm glad that this screenwriting talent has now been transferred to book form. It is highly embarrassing to have a laughing fit in public places - I blame this book for much embarrassment over the last few weeks. Anyone who wants to brighten their day BUY IT, NOW.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes the cake! April 13 2012
By barbara silkstone - Published on
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I laughed so hard while reading this book, my neighbors became worried.

The day before his sixty-fifth birthday, Terry Ravenscroft - somewhat retired writer for major BBC comedy shows, decided to keep a journal of his first five years as a pensioner. The result is an absolute howl.

Ravenscroft's boon buddy, Atkins, a retired Inland Revenue (IRS) agent encourages him in the most off-beat mischief two curmudgeons could ever dream up. The author is no slouch at inventing his own mind-bending stunts. My favorite is the abandoned Zimmer Frame which I understood was a British name for a walker. Without spoiling the reveal, the author invents an Olympic sport for Paralympics (Throwing the Zimmer Frame) and gets a gaggle of followers to naively join him in training. I will laugh about the visual this created at least once each day for the rest of my life. This man is truly an equal opportunity offender.

Throughout the book he refers to his wife as "The Trouble" because she has a habit of beginning her sentences with "the trouble with you, Terence, is..."

I thought I knew comedy but this book takes the cake. Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and funny, I laughed out loud Jan. 18 2012
By Kinalau - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I admit it, I laughed out loud, disturbing my family and earning quizzical looks from my oldest son while I was reading Stairlift to Heaven by Terry Ravenscroft.

This is a wonderful collection of vignettes from the life of the author and focuses on growing old. The snippets in themselves are humorous and entertaining, but the best part of the book is how the characters are revealed through the narrative. While the things each character does and says could be cliche, they aren't because they are so real.

I have always been a big fan of classic British comedy and this novel lives up to those greats, perhaps because the author was actually a script writer for many of them. As an American who spent time in Australia, many of the reference to things British were very familiar, but a little understanding of British society would be a definite plus when reading the book. However, even if a reader doesn't understand some of those cultural references, the humor still works.

I absolutely loved this book and the humor was truly laugh-out-loud. I highly recommend Stairlift to Heaven to anyone who likes to take a light-hearted view of the world.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading July 25 2014
By LAS Reviewer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Bodies fall apart when people get old. Eventually they stop working altogether. You can’t stop it, but you sure can laugh while it’s happening!

Mr. Ravenscroft has a incredibly dry, British sense of humour that relies heavily on irony and sarcasm to get his point across. This works particularly well when he’s discussing all of the body parts that have betrayed him over the past few years and what he’s done to attempt to fix them. What I liked most about his take on the world is that he is just as likely to make fun of himself as he was to use other people as ammunition for his anecdotes.

There were a few times when I thought that the author went too far in his descriptions of certain conversations with his wife. Most of their interactions were really funny, but some of his comments about her appearance came across as unnecessarily snide to me. I suspect that I would have had a far different reaction to these scenes had they been part of a stand-up routine or some other form of comedy that also relies on tone of voice and body language. After all, the exact same string of words can be affectionate or snarky depending on how they’re delivered!

By far the best part of this book for me was the discussion about how everyone magically becomes a wonderful person as soon as they die. In this scene Terry attends the funeral of someone who was known to be incorrigibly mean-spirited and prejudiced when he was alive, but who was made out to be a saint at his burial. There is a lot of truth to this observation, and it was thought-provoking and funny to wonder why people do this.

Stairlift to Heaven kept me grinning from beginning to end. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoy British humor.

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