Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Review: Miss Daisy Conquers Britain

Book: Miss Daisy Conquers Britain by Pamela Hunt

Source: Borrowed from Publisher/NetGalley for an honest review

Publication: Available now


Miss Daisy, the curmudgeonly 1934 Austin, returns with another tale of exasperation and embarrassment as she reluctantly yet resolutely carries Her Ladyship and her dog Oscar, better known as The Asthmatic Barking Dog, all the way to John O’Groats, before turning south again. Her Ladyship tries to convince her that once they’ve reached there, the difficult part will be over, but Miss Daisy is unconvinced. If the next ten days are anything like her previous experiences of such trips, then she may as well go and get herself a one-way ticket to the scrapyard.

‘It’s downhill from then on Old Girl, all the way to Land’s End!’

Each day gets worse than the one before and as her ebullient owner relishes every mile, stopping occasionally to give a lift to a succession of oddball hitchhikers, Miss Daisy wonders why on earth such a simple everyday 200-mile journey has to be fraught with such catastrophe.

Rating: 2 stars (Did Not Finish)


At first I was a bit confused who Miss Daisy was but it turns out she's Her Ladyship's car. Just imagine, if your car could think and feel but it wasn't able to speak. This book is told from Miss Daisy's point of view as she deals with her crazy owner Her Ladyship and Her Ladyship's annoying dog. Her Ladyship has plans for her and Miss Daisy, she wants to embark on a trip to John O'Groats then head all the way to Land's End or as she calls it JOGLE.

I tried as best as I could but I could not connect with this story. Some of the parts that I read were amusing but after a while the writing felt a little repetitive. I do think Her Ladyship and Miss Daisy are wonderfully kooky but the story just wasn't that interesting.

Overall, this just wasn't for me.

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