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How to Survive Family Holidays: The hilarious Sunday Times bestseller from the stars of Travels with my Father

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Josh points out how time away can actually fuel existing difficulties in a relationship: “The burden of domestic work is rarely distributed equally, which can be amplified on holiday”, he says, “If relationships are unequal, they can become more so under stress or change.

Let everyone know ahead of time that you take your children to the park after lunch every day or that the planned holiday movie isn’t appropriate for your kids. Not only did he make me laugh out loud I must say the conclusion really made me love this book all the more and made you realise how much you could be missing. a splendidly effervescent and enjoyable book' Daily MailOne part Lonely Planet, one part tell-all family memoir, this is the definitive and hilarious guide on how to survive family holidays.Holidays with family can be like an awful and protracted dinner with your complicated uncle on one hand and challenging aunty on the other. The more information you share beforehand about what you need for your family, the less conflict there will be. You aren’t going to convince Uncle Charlie to vote for a Democrat and he isn’t going to convince you to switch sides either. Alert your guests to standing appointments that you will attend, such as your choir practice, so they can plan accordingly.

Teenagers might want to do their own thing while grandparents want to do another and either way, we have to contend with the realities of who we’re spending time with.

Indeed they’ve been allowing us a window to their escapades for the past five years in the hit Netflix show ‘Travels with my Father’ and in this hilarious book they have now decided to pool their advice for fellow travellers. If you enjoyed Jack Whitehall’s Netflix show Travels with my Father, this is a spin-off literary version of the show. We are told to approach family holidays with a degree of cynicism, low expectations and if at all possible, not see the family prior to going away, easier if you are at boarding school as a child, and if you have moved home as an adult, whilst airing old family grievances before helps in lessening their impact when they come up on holiday.

All the topics that you usually avoid rear their heads until the only relief you can possibly find is at the end of a cigarette outside the restaurant. Although it's not the type of book I normally read, it was enjoyable and definitely worth five stars! They inflame all your existing tensions into a conflagration of logistics and competing desires, all fanned by the impossible pressure of having the most amazing and relaxing time. Jack Whitehall, of whom I had no prior knowledge before listening to this book, and his family are so weird and endearing that I'll probably listen to another book. If you know of Jack Whitehall—comedian, actor, and all-around cheeky Brit—you probably know what kind of tales will be served in this holiday-themed, family-told memoir.p>Read about how we’ll protect and use your data in our Privacy Notice. There are the perils of eating abroad, particularly at Michelin starred restaurants and the Chernobyl canteen, and what can get lost in translation as with the term thongs in Australia, whilst Hilary regales us with Scrabblegate on her honeymoon. It covers pretty much every step of the journey, including the good, the bad and the downright embarrassing. You have just volunteered to spend a week in close proximity with the people who know you best and who will never EVER let you forget a f***up.

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