Friday 16 November 2012

Review - Inconceivable by Ben Elton

InconceivableInconceivable by Ben Elton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time Taken To Read - 3 days

Blurb From Goodreads

Lucy desperately wants a baby. Sam is determined to write a hit movie. The problem is that both their efforts seem to be unfruitful. And given that the average IVF cycle has about a one in five chance of going into full production, Lucy's chances of getting what she wants are considerably better than Sam's.

What Sam and Lucy are about to go through is absolutely inconceivable. The question is, can their love survive?

Inconcievable confirms Ben Elton as one of Britain's most significant, entertaining and provocative writers.

My Review

This is a story about a happily married couple who want a baby. The book isn't in chapters but rather diary entries. Lucy writes hers as Dear Penny, a childhood friend whilst Sam goes with dear book or sometimes without title. The entries follow their journey from hitting 5 years of trying for a baby but now seriously looking at why they aren't pregnant and investigating it.

For me the book reminded me of Bridget Jones diary, not just in format but in that there is a lot of humour involved. You can empathize with both characters and you get to see the same story from two view points. Despite the serious nature of the main issue there is a lot of humour involved in the book, there is also a lot of crass and crude language throughout, so not for the easily offended.

The book covers some serious issues and despite it being a fairly humourous book I did learn a bit about the IVF process and what couples have to go through when facing difficulties in trying for a baby. Funny, sad, emotional and a bit of a rollercoaster I did enjoy this and wasn't too sure how it would end which is always a plus, 3/5 for me this time and I would read Ben Elton again (I have read one or two of his before).

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  1. This sound like an interesting read, especially since it deals with the IVF process.

  2. Ben Elton is an author I can never make up my mind if I like his style of writing or not. I have read three previously but none for the last six years, which might be why I do not think I will add this to the wishlist. Although your comment about it reminding you of Bridget Jones Diary, did make me think twice. Oh well never say never. :)

  3. Ben Elton never really appeals to me...I think I tried reading one of his books years ago and didn't get on with it. Can't remember which one now though. His new one does sound good though.

  4. A fan of him as a stand-up comic, I'm just not too sure of him as an author. Though I know my husband has read several of his books I have yet to do so.

  5. I’ve only read one Ben Elton book (Gridlock) and wasn't entirely keen but this one sounds interesting, so I might give it a go. Thanks for the review.


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