But not everything goes as expected This book is a good and well tho Colin Griggs is a farmer who tires of all the red tape and paperwork involved with traditional farming and decides to embark on a new venture - hole farming. This book is a good and well thought out farce in the mould of Tom Sharpe.
There are misunderstandings and assumptions galore with a cast of characters designed to cause maximum friction between their personalities. The central concept - farming holes - means that no part of this can be taken seriously and is a delightfully surreal basis for the rest of the story to hang off of. The book is essentially in three sections; the first concerns the setting up of Griggs Hole Farming and the golf course contract.
Following this there are various accusations of attempted murder introducing the characters of the local reporter and various members of the police force.
The third section involves the arrival of aristocracy to return the local stately home to its former glory, which requires several holes to be provided for the ornamental ponds. I found the first and last thirds of the book humourous and witty, plenty of laugh out loud jokes and cringeworthy moments as befits a farce. The middle third I didn't enjoy anywhere near as much.
I suspect this was mostly because people being arrested for attempted murder is not a very funny concept, even if the charges are obvouisly completely ridiculous and follow a bizarre series of events and assumptions. But once this part is over the third part returns to the form of the first with some terrific class snobbery and social climbing, the staple of many classic British comedies. Overall this is an enjoyable book with plenty to recommend it.
The middle section dropped a few marks for me and there are a higher than average number of spelling mistakes and incorrect words so I can't really justify 5 stars. Mar 19, D. Morrese rated it liked it. There are some very silly people living in and around Harpsden.
Colin Griggs and his wife, Izzy, are no exception. They are struggling rural farmers. His first contract, to make holes for the local golf course, goes astray. He uses rab There are some very silly people living in and around Harpsden. He uses rabbits in a complex cage system to build the holes, and the rodents overachieve with humorous consequences.
Their mishaps and misinterpretations make for a slapstick comedy of errors with a certain charming innocence. I must admit, that was a bit difficult for me. The hole farming thing was just a bit too silly, even for a farce like this. The prose is well done, although it could benefit from a smattering of well-placed commas and additional paragraph breaks. The characters are clowns to be laughed at more than they are heroes to be identified with, and it does have some quite funny scenes.
I can recommend it for readers looking for an absurd farce that, unlike many in this genre, does not rely on people being drunk or crude to create a humorous situation.
Jun 22, Fiona Thrust rated it it was amazing. His business mind instantly comes up with a brainwave - the world needs holes, so why not make a living making them? One might think that this unlikely business idea might not get off the ground, but when they apply to the bank manager, he is more interested in his retirement instead of looking for problems, and so he generously funds the idea.
Consequently, the golf course ends up becoming something more like a minefield as they dig a huge warren under the immaculate green. James Minter has a knack for allowing his eccentric and humorously drawn characters to develop their own farcical storylines - I enjoyed the light touches and it is a funny read. Jan 20, Georgia Rose rated it it was amazing. This is a book from a genre I would not usually choose but it just goes to show that you should always keep an open mind. It is far-fetched, obviously, this is a work of farce after all but it is carried off throughout with great ease and enthusiasm.
The fully rounded characterisations are solid and stereotypical - just as they should be in this sort of story - you could picture each and every one brilliantly. This is a fun, light hearted book to read or listen to filled with misunderstandings and entertaining situations that involve the whole village, golf club, nearby country house, pub, bank Finally I thought the narration of the book by Pete Nottage was excellent, he has done a very good job and I was really impressed by this presentation of the book.
May 22, Beverley Watts rated it it was amazing.
First of all I will say that this is not usually my kind of book at all but after looking it in the Kindle store, I fancied giving it a go. Why, I'm not sure - I think perhaps the blurb reminded me a little bit of the old James Herriot books that I used to love so much with its take on British rural life. Anyway, whatever my reason for buying, I'm so very glad I did. Although it took me a little while to get into it - as another reviewer said, it does feel a little far fetched at the beginning, o First of all I will say that this is not usually my kind of book at all but after looking it in the Kindle store, I fancied giving it a go.
Although it took me a little while to get into it - as another reviewer said, it does feel a little far fetched at the beginning, once I stopped wondering where the plot was going to go and just enjoyed the story, I absolutely loved it. It made me laugh out loud on several occasions and loved the eccentricities of the many characters - so very British and very funny. Will definitely be downloading the sequel. May 30, Mark Tilbury rated it really liked it.
Colin and Izzy Griggs are in financial trouble with their farm and the story centers around their funny and unusual methods to make money. This is a British farce that works well because of the well thought out characters and witty dialogue. The characters personalities come across as believable and the story flows from one accident prone venture to the next. A very funny and entertaining farce that is reminiscent of the comedy of Tom Sharpe. I was gifted this audio book from the author with the understanding that I would give an honest review. Well I really enjoyed this audio book it was fun and different.
A very interesting story line. I found my self laughing out loud and smiling through out the book. I would recommend this book just be careful if you listen to it in public :. I kept listening to see what other trouble Collin can get himself into. He didn't fail to deliver and took most of the village with him.
The narration was well done. The characters were excellently portrayed. Sep 14, Alberto G. Best if this book is the evolution of personality of the characters. Izzy seems typical English farmer wife and Collin, the joke of the village but they're much more. Oct 01, David Proffitt rated it really liked it.
OK, this might be just me but can anyone else the link between the title, the author and a distinctly shaped mint? Just me then. This is the first part of a self-published "Hole" trilogy by James Minter, in which we are introduced to the eclectic, and at times eccentric characters who inhabit the rural village of Henslow. Very much at the centre of the hole business no, that's not an error, you'll get the joke in a moment is Colin Griggs and his wife Izzy.
Frustrated with the red tape that OK, this might be just me but can anyone else the link between the title, the author and a distinctly shaped mint? Frustrated with the red tape that threatens to permanently tie up small modern farmers, Colin decides to leave behind several generations of traditional farming and establish his new business: Hole Farming. No, don't even try to work it out. It makes absolutely no sense, which is very much at the heart of why the book works so well.
The idea of farming holes feeds very well into Colin's ineptitude. He means well and has all very good intentions, but a mixture of circumstances, misunderstandings and an overzealous local reporter result in a series of unexpected and inexplicable events that would have made Tom Sharpe proud.
The chaos begins when Colin gets the contract to supply the local Golf Club with 18 holes for their newly refurbished course. Why they have found themselves with no holes on the greens just a week from the official opening is one of those questions you shouldn't ask. Being new to the whole hole farming business Colin decides to employ a warren of rabbits to dig the holes for him.
There is just one small problem: rabbits are very good at digging holes, but no one has told them when to stop. What follows is as inevitable as it is hilarious. And that is just the beginning. The Hole Opportunity is a farcical look at rural life in an old English county. It is clever and very funny.
Editorial Reviews. Review hilarious from start to finish. The double entendres had me in The Hole Opportunity (The Hole Trilogy Book 1) by [Minter, James]. irelytuqypov.ml: The Hole Opportunity: The Hole Trilogy, Book 1 (Audible Audio Edition): James Minter, Pete Nottage: Books.
The characters are perfectly matched to the situations they find themselves in, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole mixed up adventure. My only criticism, and it is only a minor point really, is that it would benefit from a once-over by a good editor. There are some sudden leaps in narrative and a few points where the story loses some of its natural flow. But these are minor points and don't distract from the humour and fun of the story. It is a great book and I look forward to reading the further adventures of Colin and Izzy Griggs.
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