Not read them but shall perhaps have to

The family emigrated to Wairakei in New Zealand when Louise was 15, much to her distress. Rather than go to school she lay in the back garden, where violent geothermal activity caused trees to shake. After a few weeks her parents gave in and dispatched her to Yorkshire to stay with her grandmother. On a brief return to the Antipodes she became pregnant “out of sheer boredom”. The baby was given up for adoption and Louise Rennison eventually flew back to Britain.

Has to be said my New Zealand cousins all come from large families.

Louise Rennison, the author, who has died aged 64, was the creator of Georgia Nicolson, the 14-year-old protagonist of such young adult novels as Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and Startled by his Furry Shorts
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Much of the time, the dominant emotion was embarrassment – as when Georgia gatecrashed a party dressed as a stuffed olive, or accidentally shaved off her eyebrows.

Luuurve is a Many Trousered Thing (2007) and Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? (2009). Withering Tights, the first in a series starring Georgia’s equally eccentric cousin Tallulah Casey, won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2010.

Male and female teenage years are not exactly and precisely the same. But that incredible embarrassment of never quite getting anything at all right is common to both.

4 thoughts on “Not read them but shall perhaps have to”

  1. They won’t be on the syllabus of English Literature courses any time soon.

    Then again, maybe they will.

  2. And I call bullshit about the geothermal activity. Wairakei was the first big Geothermal power station and it more or less robbed all the local geothermal areas of much of their activity. Probably the roar from the pipes and stuff to do with the power station…but doesn’t sound so “romantic’ does it.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Rather than go to school she lay in the back garden, where violent geothermal activity caused trees to shake. …. On a brief return to the Antipodes she became pregnant “out of sheer boredom”.

    Yes. Sounds like an excellent role model for young people these days. Just what you want your daughter to be reading. Maybe even your servants.

    It is no wonder the country is so f**ked up. My theory is that sexual perverts realised they could go to prison for talking to teenage girls about the chances of oral sex. So they invented a genre of literature “young adult fiction” so they could talk to teenage girls about the benefits of oral sex – and get paid! It is brilliant if you think about it.

  4. I lived in Wairakei in the 80s. Was her dad a power plant worker? I never noticed that degree of geothermal activity in the village itself but of course the steamfields were very active.

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