Thursday 31 January 2019

Blog Tour ~ Oh I Do Like To Be by Marie Phillips

Jaffareadstoo is delighted to be hosting today's final stop on the 

Oh I Do Like To Be Blog Tour

24 January 2019

My thanks to the publishers and also to Anne at Random Things Tours for my copy of the book
and the invitation to be part of this blog tour

Shakespeare clone and would-be playwright Billy has just arrived in an English seaside town with his sister Sally, who was cloned from a hair found on the back of a bus seat. All Billy wants is a cheap B&B, an ice cream and a huge hit in the West End. Little does he know that their fellow clones Bill and Sal are also residents of this town. Things are about to get confusing - cue professional rivalry, marital discord and a family reunion like no other.

This modern update of The Comedy of Errors is what you get when Gods Behaving Badly author Marie Phillips decides to write an important, scholarly work about the life of William Shakespeare, reads the complete works, including the long poems nobody likes, and then decides to turn it into a witty, delightful romp that you can probably finish reading in an afternoon with two tea breaks.

My thoughts about it..

I'm not really sure how to describe Oh I Do Like To Be without giving too much away except to say that it's quirkily different. Set in an English seaside town, the story flits between two lots of crazy characters and is at first a little confusing until you work out just which of characters are taking centre stage.

Oh I Do Like To Be is a light hearted romp, which gives more than a shout out to Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, and if you keep in your head the fact that, Billy and Bill,  the two male leads are clones of the great bard William Shakespeare then the story all starts to make perfect sense.It's a comfortable 159 pages long, so it's perfectly possible to read the story over the space of an afternoon and whilst I was reading I was reminded of those farce like comedies which were so popular once on television, the ones with multiple characters running round like headless chickens always just slightly out of sync with each other.

Oh I Do Like To Be is fun and frivolous, charmingly written and  doesn't take itself too seriously and that's what I enjoyed the most about reading it.

About the Author

Marie Phillips is the author of the international bestseller Gods Behaving Badly and The Table of Less Valued Knights, which was long listed for the Baileys Prize. With Robert Hudson, she wrote the BBC Radio 4 series. 

Warhorses of Letters and Some Hay in a Manger. Under the name Vanessa Parody, she co-wrote Fifty Shelves of Grey, a spoof of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Twitter @mpphillips #OhIDoLikeToBe




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