Satire At Its Finest
So Last Century by Charles Nevin is an extremely entertaining and unique look at the twentieth century events.
This is satire at its finest. The book is split into several sections, looking at key events in the last century.
Facts blend perfectly with fiction, literally, as we bump into characters from well known fiction. I knew I was in for a real treat as I started the book and immediately got to know and follow characters from My Fair Lady.
Following each section there are a few pages talking about what actually happened at the time and where the fictional characters came from.
The whole book will have you chortling throughout. It is all very cleverly constructed and executed.
I thoroughly enjoyed So Last Century. I do have a favourite tale – it just has to be the opening one as I adored seeing the characters from My Fair Lady. Have a read and see which one you like best.
I received a free copy via Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
So Last Century: Stories 1900-2000
Sherlock Holmes, Butch Cassidy, Margaret Thatcher’s bloomers and a racehorse strongly resembling Shergar feature in SO LAST CENTURY, the new collection of whimsically witty stories from award-winning journalist and writer Charles Nevin. SO LAST CENTURY begins with Edward VII on a tricky country house visit and ends with one of the first national lottery winners struggling with fame, fortune and romance. On the way you will also meet two music hall comedians in the First World War and two remarkable double agents in the Second, get raided in a 1920s London night club, take part in some lively Coronation celebrations and discover what really might have happened when the World Cup was stolen in 1966. SO LAST CENTURY follows the format of Nevin’s last book, the widely praised SOMETIMES IN BATH, providing an afterword for each story which separates fiction from fact and provides fascinating background to those breakneck, tumultuous times. And be warned: after this, you will never view the Twentieth Century in quite the same way ever again.
Purchase Link – https://bit.ly/3M5oXHr
Author Bio –
CHARLES NEVIN has written for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Sunday Times,The New York Times and many others. So Last Century follows his acclaimed Sometimes In Bath, featuring stories happy and sad throughout the city’s history. He has also published three non-fiction books, including the highly popular tribute to the overlooked romance of his native county, Lancashire, Where Women Die of Love.
Social Media Links – www.charlesnevin.co.uk