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Warm and touching comic tale with a message for all - good works can only succeed if their given first to God
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Andy Kind's 'The Unfortunate Adventures of Tom Hillingthwaite' might just be the funniest book to have come out of Christendom. It's certainly the first in a new line of comedy novels to arise from the growing number of active Christians on the UK comedy circuit.
In this book, you'll meet Tom; a faithful and totally hapless Community Builder. Most of us will recognise both his sense of hopefulness and his social awkardness, and laugh and cry with him along the journey as Tom tries his hardest to bless his neighbours and sow seeds in a spiritual waste ground.
But this is a book that avoids the potential pitfalls of cheesiness and tweeness of so-called Christian comedy. It's more 'Rev' than 'Vicar of Dibley'. Here, you will find no easy fix, no Deus ex Machina. 'The Unfortunate Adventures of Tom Hillingthwaite' is a work of fiction that will feel incredibly real to many.
This is an exciting, unexpected and pioneering novel which merges Andy Kind's skills from a decade on the comedy circuit with his knowledge of a decade as a Christian. Standing on the shoulders of the great Adrian Plass, and influence also by the likes of Evelyn Waugh and P.G. Wodehouse, this book might well be ushering in a new era for comedy writing within the Christian world.
The Unfortunate Adventures of Tom Hillingthwaite by Andy Kind was published by Lion Hudson Plc in March 2015 and is our 5932nd best seller. The ISBN for The Unfortunate Adventures of Tom Hillingthwaite is 9780857214324.
To what extent is "The unfortunate Adventures of Tom Hillingtwaite Product" suitable reading for a 10 year old boy, with a good reading age? I have the impression the book is mainly for adult reading, but the cover cartoonpicture suggests a youger audience. Please advise. Just a comment: it is always useful to include a suggested reading age range in the information about a book.
Meet Tom Hillingthwaite the newest employee of Jesus4All (formerly the Turn or Burn Gospel Coalition).
Leaving his cushy, well-to-do life, Tom relocates to a rough estate in the urban sprawl of Bruton, in the south of England, to take up a job as "Community Builder".
There's only one problem: Tom's ability to build community is overshadowed by his far greater ability to create utter chaos. How will Tom's middle-class pretensions cope with his new hostile environment? How can he expect to tell anyone about God when, some of the time, saying his own name proves beyond him? And - who is the strange shadowy man in the background?
With his wife and daughter relying on him to provide for them, and his bosses demanding backsides on seats in the Kingdom, Tom needs to adapt, and fast. So begin The Unfortunate Adventures of Tom Hillingthwaite.
Praise for Andy Kind's previous books:
'Totally unputdownable, and our book of the year!' Sorted Magazine
'Funny and very moving, I laughed out loud.' David Nobbs, creator of Reginald Perrin
'I love his bouncy, refreshingly accessible writing style. Everyone is talking about this book.' Adrian Plass
|Author / Artist||Andy Kind|
|Publisher||Lion Hudson Plc (March 2015)|
|Number of Pages||240|
|Page last updated||16th February 2019|