Stairlift to Heaven
115 Five Star Amazon Reader’s Reviews.
Although Stairlift to Heaven is written by an old age pensioner, non-coffin dodgers should not be put off by this. Everyone will be old someday, if they’re lucky, and there are valuable lessons in coping with old age to be learned here. Read about the author’s teenage affair with Marilyn Monroe, be advised on how to cope with a variety of the complaints that bedevil old age (including the almost inevitable prostate gland problem and the accompanying bladder examination), 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, why you might be well advised to avoid swimming lessons, why you might like to give faith healers a wide berth, and how to deal with the neighbours from hell. But most of all learn how you can have lots of FUN whilst you’re doing all this.
In a review of Stairlift to Heaven one Amazon Reader said: ‘ It’s a long time since I laughed out loud whilst reading.
I started reading this book, got to the part about Marilyn Monroe and nearly wet myself laughing. Got some very strange looks from my wife and was told that my kindle would be taken from me if I didn’t stop chuckling. I ended up having to put the book down because my sides were hurting so much.
Another reader said: ‘I haven’t read anything by Terry Ravencroft before, however I now plan to read everything he’s ever written! This man is comedy genius – I laughed so much I couldn’t read through the tears! His hints and tips on how to deal with telesales and junk mail made me smile – I deploy similar tactics myself – however the best stories are; paralympic zimmer frame, new year goose and swimming lessons! I would recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humour.’
By Norm Goldman on February 26, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-908895-02-8If 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.Read more ›
By barbara silkstone on April 13, 2012
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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!
By EJ Harrigan on September 15, 2011
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By Loretta Gilbert on January 18, 2012
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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.