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Stairlift to Heaven: Growing Old Disgracefully, by Terry Ravenscroft
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216 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 57 reviews

"This is the second book by this author I have read so I had an idea it would be funny. I approached with trepidation though as the subject was aging and I wondered how one could treat this with the kind of wonderful irreverence I had come to expect. I should not have worried. Mr Ravenscroft mixes humour with sage advice and a brilliant sarky skewed view of the world to deliver a laugh out loud work that the reader is genuinely sad to finish. If you like classic English comedy you will find here echoes of the very best of it. It seems to me the golden age of bbc/itv comedy was the seventies and I now know why if authors such as this were at the peak of their powers at the time. I'm glad that this screenwriting talent has now been transferred to book form. It is highly embarrassing to have a laughing fit in public places - I blame this book for much embarrassment over the last few weeks. Anyone who wants to brighten their day BUY IT, NOW." -- E.J. Harrigan, Amazon reviewer
The 2012 Paralympic Games are still six years away but already the sixty-five year old Terry Ravenscroft is putting together a team for the Throwing the Zimmer (Walking) Frame competition - should such an event be included. And when he has time to fit it in, of course. For this is a man who has many other things that fill his waking hours (of which he has more to fill than most people, thanks to the troublesome prostate gland which wakes him up for a pee a least six times every night ).
Stairlift to Heaven, the journal of an old age pensioner, is an irreverent, hilarious look at one man's life after retirement. Although written by an old age pensioner, non-coffin dodgers should not be put off by this. Everyone will be old someday, and there are valuable lessons in coping with old age to be learned here. Stairlift to Heaven ill advise you on how to cope with the multitude of maladies that accompany advancing years (including the aforementioned prostate gland problem and the countless bladder examinations it brings with it); 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; how to cope with increasing forgetfulness....sorry, I forgot I already mentioned that: discover why you might be well advised to avoid swimming lessons; why you might like to give faith healers the widest of a wide berths; 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 it.

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Meet the Author

The day after Terry Ravenscroft threw in his mundane factory job to become a television comedy scriptwriter he was involved in a car accident that left him unable to turn his head. Since then he has never looked back. Before they took him away he wrote scripts for Les Dawson, The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise, Alas Smith and Jones, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Ken Dodd, Roy Hudd, and several others. He also wrote the award-winning BBC radio series Star Terk Two. He now writes humorous books, eighteen thus far with no signs of letting up. Three of them, Stairlift to Heaven, Dear Coca-Cola and Dear Air 2000 were in the top ten of the Kindle Best Sellers list at the same time. Born in New Mills, Derbyshire, England in 1938, he still lives there with his wife Delma and his mistress Divine Bottom (in his dreams).

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