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Thursday, 8 July 2021

#BlogTour ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR by CAROLINE HULSE #BookReview @Tr4cyF3nt0n


Delighted to be with you today as part of the Blog Tour for the fabulous ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR by CAROLINE HULSE. My thanks to the author, publisher and Tracy of Compulsive Readers for letting me be part of it all and sharing my thoughts!!


It's 1996, summer is coming, and eleven-year-old Fiona Larson is determined to make this her best year yet...

'Completely hilarious' LUCY VINE
'Incredibly poignant' BETH O'LEARY
'The new Adrian Mole' NICOLA MOSTYN

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The Fair is the only good thing that happens every year. And Fiona Larson is the only person in town who's never been.

She's pretended to go - but she's never been allowed. Because, before Fiona was even born, her sister died there.

This year, everything will be different.

Fiona is about to turn twelve - older than her sister was. This summer, Fiona will save some money, make new friends, and finally have some fun at The Fair.

But what she'll actually do is:
- Find a mysterious bag in a bush
- Spy on everyone
- Lose her only friend
- Make a lot of lists
- Learn the truth about what happened at The Fair...

Fresh and hilarious, All the Fun of the Fair is a deeply poignant coming-of-age novel from sensational talent Caroline Hulse.

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'Fresh, unique, powerful... and, of course, hilarious too! Fiona will no doubt capture many hearts' BETH O'LEARY

'Fiona Larson is one of the most memorable characters I've read for a long time. If you liked Adrian Mole or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time then you'll love this' EMMA COOPER

'Sheer joy from the first page to the last' CATHY BRAMLEY

'Quirky, original and charming ... I could not love Fiona more' Sarah Turner, aka THE UNMUMSY MUM

'An absolute JOY ... The hilarious, beleaguered protagonist, Fiona Larson, is the new Adrian Mole' NICOLA MOSTYN

'One of my books of 2021. I can't recommend it enough' LUCY VINE





Caroline Hulse lives in Manchester with her husband and a small controlling dog. Her books have been published in fourteen languages and optioned for television. All The Fun of The Fair is her third novel.


This is one of those books that blends the emotional and the hilarious with ease, and in Fiona the author has created a wonderful little character who we can all relate to, despair at and connect with on many levels, and I loved how this story just transports you effortlessly to a different place and time - and you don't want to leave!!

Fiona is 11 and the only one in town who has never been allowed to go the local fair when it is in town.  She's never been told why but thinks it has something to do with her sister who died there before she was born..   All she wants is to be given the chance to go and see what she's missing out on. Her parents are having none of it.

So feisty Fiona sets out on a journey to go! She's a lover of making lists - a girl after my own heart! - and she devises a way she will make her wish happen.  Add to the mix the goings on at her school where she is picked on because she's different, and her relationship with her parents who idolise her late sister - poor Fiona is never gets a look in.  

Fiona is a young girl with lots of questions but no answers.  You just sense her desperation for some straight talking and the truth, but it's not coming so she is forced into detective mode to try and find out what she wants to know.

At the heart of the story is a very sad tale of a family grieving and struggling to move on, but the lighter touches with Fiona and her 'thoughts and actions' really does lift this book to a wonderful coming of age story!


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