First I have to gush about how lovely looking and feeling this book actually is. The cloth binding makes the book feel really old and just that little bit special. It fits perfectly in your hands as you flip through the pages, This book is certainly not ugly looking.
I flew through the pages as I settled in the garden with my gin in the sunshine. I am fairly sure my neighbours thought I was a little on the crazy side as I chuckled away to myself. There is certainly a whole raft of laugh out loud moments to enjoy.
Everybody that reads this book will fall in love with the character of Ange. She’s a one time beauty queen but over the years her weight has rocketed as well as the wrinkles but deep inside she is ever the Diva. She is glorious and the author painted her so well, that I can still picture her now in my mind. The rolls of fat pouring over her delicate little shoes.
Ange, very reluctantly is forced to join in with a reunion. The group of friends have not seen each other in 40 years and the years have been kind to no-one but they find themselves slipping back into the old camaraderie, especially after the gin is flowing rather too freely.
The relationship between Ange and Elizabeth is brilliant. The friends say it like it is, no holding back. Each offends each other at a ridiculous pace and takes the punches on the chin. Despite the unkind words it’s clear that this is a friendship that will always stand the test of time.
Ange is aghast at seeing Spencer again. He married her friend Elizabeth but there is a dark past between the two and it’s not long before Ange is plotting is murder.
Although this book is very light hearted and comical there is a slightly darker element, It’s quite clear that Ange is depressed. Her numerous husbands and lovers have dragged her down over the years, before discarding her, claiming that they could no longer deal with her increasing demands. Deep inside all Ange wants is to be loved.
I really hope that the author is able to deliver more from these characters as I would love to find out what escapades the get up to next.
This is a wonderful book and I would like to thank Behind the Hat Press for my copy in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.
Author: C L Moir
Publisher: Behind the Hat Press
Publication Date: 15th June 2020
In 1973, teenagers Ange and Elizabeth are persuaded to enter the Miss Sladport-on-Sea Beauty Pageant by local entrepreneur, Spencer. When Ange is crowned the most beautiful woman in Sladport, Spencer promises her a life of fame and fortune – which he delivers. Within months, Ange is crowned The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.
Forty years later, Ange is unexpectedly invited to a reunion of old friends: Elizabeth – now married to Spencer – and the three school friends who stormed the pageant, throwing flour bombs and insults in protest at its objectification of women.
Ange has been invited to a reunion…
Old and Ugly is the story of that reunion – and the story of Ange’s life. Hilarious and laughable, conceited and fearful, feisty and (some might say) a fool for the admiratio of men. Ange must finally confront the truth about her fantastical life of glamour and good fortune to be freed from it’s secrets – and freed from the man who made her, then broke her.
Irreverent and moving, disturbing and joyful, you’ve probably never read anything quite like it…