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Today I’m on the ‘Edna and Genevieve Escape from Curmudgeon Avenue’ blogtour, organised by Random Things Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, Samantha Henthorn, but b
About the Author :
Samantha Henthorn was born in 1970something in Bury, England. She has had short stories and poetry published in magazines. Her books include the Curmudgeon Avenue series (The Terraced House Diaries and The Harold and Edith adventures). ‘1962’, ‘Quirky Tales to Make Your Day’ and ‘Piccalilly’
She has two cats, one dog, one gorgeous grown up daughter and one husband. When not reading or writing, she is listening to heavy metal and would be thrilled to bits if someone read her books.
• Paperback: 236 pages
• Publisher: Independently published (7 Feb. 2019)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1790417325
• ISBN-13: 978-1790417322
When Genevieve Dubois returned to Curmudgeon Avenue, this opened up the opportunity for Edna to realise her long held dream of escaping to France. But as Edna embraces all things European, Genevieve appears to shy away from her French roots. Meanwhile, we return to Curmudgeon Avenue for the third time, the wind had blown in the truth about the tall, handsome stranger and although Harold and Edith had been relieved to discover that he is neither an elephant detective, nor a fraud investigator, Toonan had been a little disappointed that he was not interested in her either. Matteo Dubois was looking for his mother, Genevieve Dubois, and although he did not find her on Curmudgeon Avenue, you have probably guessed that he is about to cause a disturbance- FINALLY! There is hope that the set of nincompoops that live here currently will move out, and leave me in peace! Edna had already escaped with Genevieve to France, which was a real shame for us because Edna was one of the less annoying ones. This delightful comedy romance is the third book in the Curmudgeon Avenue will make you smile.
Guest Post :
A Dream Cast for The Characters in Edna and Genevieve Escape From Curmudgeon Avenue.
Genevieve Dubois would of course be played by the exuberant and beautiful Joanna Lumley. Already familiar with comedy acting, from her Absolutely Fabulous days, Joanna Lumley has all the right ingredients to portray the lying, plot twisting protagonist of this book. Genevieve Dubois even gets mixed up with Joanna Lumley in the book (involving a police wanted poster in France).
Edna Payne: I think Courtney Love would be a great match for her. Edna Payne is not the most likeable character in the world; she loves herself and thinks everyone else is an idiot. I think Courtney Love is a very talented woman and a versatile actress (think of her role in The People Vs Larry Flynt). Courtney Love has had her fair share of difficult times in her life I think she would be able to identify with Edna’s character- a woman who does not take fools gladly but her series of unlucky chapters in the book would make anyone’s nostrils flare, surely! At times, when I was writing Edna and Genevieve Escape From Curmudgeon Avenue I was often on ‘team Edna’. Put a dark wig on Courtney Love, maybe a couple of extra stones in weight, dress her in a turtleneck, give her a Manchester accent and allow her to give her best ever look of disdain and there you have Edna Payne.
Mr and Mrs Bove: The Scottish couple who settled in a chateau in France and welcome Edna and Genevieve into their home. I think Arabella Weir and Alex Norton would fit the bill, they double up as a married couple already in the BBC sitcom Two Doors Down . They both have great ‘sympathy’ faces (required for the book!). I apologise, I could not find a royalty-free image, here is a link to the BBC website for the show : https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b072wv8z .
Wantha Rose is the forlorn woman named after a (non-existent) flower by her bohemian mother, Patchouli. In the Curmudgeon Avenue Series it is time to set her sights high. Beyonce Knowles has what is needed to portray Wantha Rose. Everything except a Manchester accent and hair so blonde it has turned yellow that is. (Wantha is compared to Beyonce in book four, coming soon!)
Toonan Rose: Also named after a pretend flower by her mother, Toonan is most likely the most down to earth of Curmudgeon Avenue’s characters. Kathy Burke in her Kevin and Perry days would make the perfect shell suit wearing androgynous Mancunian, transformed by a love story in Edna and Genevieve Escape From Curmudgeon Avenue.
Patchouli Rose: Dame Maggie Smith. Imagine the Hogwarts professor as a bohemian rock chick shoplifting from the nearest posh shop whilst consoling Edith about her long suffering marriage to Harold and cheering up her daughter Wantha after her on off boyfriend Ricky Ricketts cheats on her.
Gil Von Black: Patchouli’s rich ex-rock star new love interest. He has little to say in Edna and Genevieve Escape From Curmudgeon Avenue. Alice Cooper would make a great Gil Von Black.
Harold Goatshed: Steve Coogan’s portrayal of Alan Partridge in his BBC sitcom is very cringey, so is Harold. Perfect match.
Edith Goatshed: Lesley Manville is a skilled enough actress to portray the hard-done-to Edith. I am particularly thinking of her role as Mary in the Mike Leigh film Another Year. Edith is also the type of person who would get lost driving her new car to a party, just so Edith!
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