Chin Up Britain .... Restoring Common Sense to the Nation by Jenny Eclair (with a bit of help from Judith Holder) is the perfect antidote to the general miserableness that I feel at the beginning of Autumn.
Jenny Eclair always makes me laugh, whether she's being a Grumpy Old Woman, roughing it on I'm A Celebrity or trying to cook on Masterchef.
I remember reading her first novel Camberwell Beauty, well over ten years ago now, and laughing so hard and so loud. I was delighted to come across Chin Up Britain and I would now like to adopt it as my personal bible. I've been training to be a Grumpy Old Woman for many years now although I'm sure that most people just think I'm a bit of a sarky bitch.
Jenny Eclair calls her book 'part manifesto, part guidebook, part call to arms .... a book for people who want to see some sense restored to society.' Yes, let's bring back common sense, I am fed up with sighing so much every time I watch the news, or go to the Co-op, or even open my post.
Chapters include; Cheap Chic, The Chin Up Guide to Gatecrashing and Some Ideas To Make You Feel Richer - I laughed, I nodded, I snorted ...... I seriously considered actually doing some of these.
One of my very favourite tips from the book is under the Home Economics section - How to Feed A Family of Four Without Spending Any Money:
"Simply arrive at people's houses at mealtimes; they'll be far too embarrassed not to ask you to join them. Yum, yum - tuck in."
The perfect pick-you-up, I loved reading this book. Jenny Eclair is extremely funny, and always right!!