I’m in Heaven by Terry Ravenscroft

 

I'm in Heaven

I’m in Heaven

 

I’m in Heaven by Terry Ravenscroft

I’m in Heaven is about a man who doesn’t believe in God who dies and goes to heaven. However the heaven depicted in I’m in Heaven is far from being most people’s vision of heaven – all sweetness and light and lazing about on a white cloud with angels playing harps – but something far, far different. Oh, and the Beatles are there. All of them, not just John and George. And Sir Michael Caine too. And Robert de Niro. And Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t like it at all. 


Some Amazon Customer Reviewers have given I’m in Heaven 5 Stars, which you can read below. However what follows is a 3 Star review, would you believe. 

M. G. Chisholm “chiefengineer3” 
I’ve read four of his books now and they all have some excruciatingly funny observations on modern life – particularly his latest Stairlift to Heaven, possibly the funniest thing I’ve ever read. However this book has a more serious edge to it. Certainly it’s a funny book and highly enjoyable, but there is a definite point and direction this is going and it’s squarely aimed at anyone who has extreme views or is a bit PC. Now the two may seem mutually dissimilar but if you ever as a middle aged bloke find yourself in the local with your mates venting your spleen as the state of the UK, then pick up a Terry Ravenscroft book because he does it better than you and much funnier. He’s also unique amongst humorists today in that I think he may not me a huge fan of our recent Labour government so be warned. So we have a main character that dies early and ends up in heaven with all his shattered dreams answered. There of course has to be a downside to follow and it does – all done with some biting wit and observation. I won’t spoil it but it is satire if the first order. I didn’t give it five stars simply because there are other books that Terry Ravenscroft has recently put out that are so damn funny nothing comes close. Compared to pretty much anyone else in the humorist’s genre he beats them into a cocked hat.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 Nov 2011
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I am currently in the process of reading all of TR’s books but this has to be one of the best.I’m In Heaven gives you one mans perspective on what happens once we reach the end of the road. The first section is dedicated to being in Heaven which made me laugh out loud a lot! The second part focuses on what happens in Hell. This for me was the best part of the book. Terry Ravenscroft’s version of Hell is something that needs to be read.

4.0 out of 5 stars I hope it’s all true 11 Mar 2012
By Jaydee
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I’m a great fan of Terry Ravenscroft – He always seems able to make you smile about any subject. This book is about dying a horrible death – I almost didn’t buy it as I have problems with people who turn suffering into a joke. I’m so glad that I overcame my reservations as this book had me smiling from cover-to-cover. I only hope that Mr Ravenscroft has had a bit of ‘insider information’ and that it is all true!
3.0 out of 5 stars Humour Mixed with Politics? 25 Oct 2011
By M. G. Chisholm TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Terry Ravescroft being a script writer at a time when the BBC created great comedy (2 Ronnies etc) is well placed to deliver books that are funny and clever. I’ve read four of his books now and they all have some excruciatingly funny observations on modern life – particularly his latest Stairlift to Heaven, possibly the funniest thing I’ve ever read. However this book has a more serious edge to it. And I use edge because there is a bit of sharpness there. Certainly it’s a funny book and highly enjoyable, but there is a definite point and direction this is going and it’s squarely aimed at anyone who has extreme views or is a bit PC. Now the two may seem mutually dissimilar but if you ever as a middle aged bloke find yourself in the local with your mates venting your spleen as the state of the UK, then pick up a Terry Ravenscroft book because he does it better than you and much funnier. He’s also unique amongst humourists today in that I think he may not me a huge fan of our recent Labour government so be warned.So we have a main character that dies early and ends up in heaven with all his shattered dreams answered. There of course has to be a downside to follow and it does – all done with some biting wit and observation. I won’t spoil it but it satire if the first order.

I didn’t give it five stars simply because there are other books that Terry Ravenscroft has recently put out that are so damn funny nothing comes close. Compared to pretty much anyone else in the humourist’s genre he beats them into a cocked hat.

4.0 out of 5 stars Original and Funny 4 April 2012
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I found this book to be very original and funny. It is the first of Terry’s books I have read, but I will definitely be reading more after this.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent satire! 26 April 2012
By ElaineG TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This isn’t a book that will have you rolling on the floor laughing your ass off, I think some reviewers are exaggerating a bit there, but it is a very good book indeed and there are a few chuckles in there, as well as some sad moments and, indeed, many things that will get you thinking about life and death.In particular, I found the first half of the book quite moving at times. The book is split into four parts, the first dealing with Norman’s reaction to the diagonosis of terminal cancer and the treatment he is given. It also includes a lot of reflection on his life which turned out to be quite sad, for me. That part for me, anyway, was one of the main messages of the book – you had a main character who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness looking back over his life, and the message clearly was that, due to personal circumstances, he hadn’t actually started to live yet and in order for him to do so he had to die and go to heaven. One of the most poignant passages is when he is thinking about all the “the 101 things to do before you die” lists and realises that its a waste of time because he can’t actually afford to do any of them.

His time in heaven is detailed in the second part of the book and I have to say, I quite hope that heaven IS as it is portrayed here! It was really nice reading about how Norman finally got the life he should have been able to live on earth. It would have been wonderful to leave Norman having such a wonderful time there but the author (and the devil) had a few tricks up his sleeve and the story is a long way from being over, but to say more would really spoil the plot.

It is a very well written story, at times sad, happy, witty and sarcastic and Norman is a character you really grow to love, like the archetypal underdog who everyone roots for and wants to win in the end. A fantastic little book that I can really recommend to anyone.

4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual subject matter 15 May 2014
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Good easy read with humour from possibly the most difficult subject to deal with.! Death and the hereafter. Makes one think if only!
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Well written!! 5 May 2014
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A great story that really makes you think about the next life!! Funny & very British. Ravenscrofts descriptions transport you to other levels… loved the role Ant & Dec took on

Terry Ravenscroft

Biography

The day after Terry Ravenscroft threw in his mundane factory job to become a television comedy scriptwriter he was involved in a car accident which left him unable to turn his head. Since then he has never looked back.
Before they took him away he wrote scripts for Les Dawson, The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise, Alas Smith and Jones, Not the Nine O’Clock News, Ken Dodd, Roy Hudd, and several others. He also wrote the award-winning BBC radio series Star Terk Two. He now writes humorous books, fifteen thus far with no signs of letting up.
Born in New Mills, Derbyshire, in 1938, he still lives there with his wife Delma and his mistress Divine Bottom (in his dreams).

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