My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Derek’s Good Relations continues the humorous adventures of Derek Toozlethwaite, in the Derek series. A single child brought up by his Gran and Grandad, Derek is suddenly surrounded by relatives. Re-united with his Mum, he’s also discovered his Dad and he’s found he has a sister too.
Derek’s been trying to write a book for years and now he’s been successful with his book on rock group Rabid Revenge. Publicity for the book takes him away from home as his wife goes into labour at the same time as his sister, but there are enough female relatives to hold the fort.
In fact the female relatives all form the Newingsworth Mafia: Ladies section. They welcome Josephine, Derek’s publicist’s representative into their group unknowing that she is the voluptuous Sophie Clerkenwell-Brown in disguise.
The book is selling like hot cakes until one reader contacts Derek, complaining aggressively about some of the material. in fact Derek finds himself under physical threat from the reader until he’s saved by his mum.
The future is beginning to look rosy until a late birthday celebration has Derek returning to some controversial dressing habits, but its a trip to London for a boxing match which has Sally walking out on Derek once more.
Poor Derek, he really is an unfortunate chap as you’ll see in this fourth book in the Derek series. British comedy still shining through in this latest episode in the life of Derek.
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