So says Tom Grey, a man who has been on a down for as long as her cares, or dares, to remember. But as his 50th birthday approaches, he feels a burning need to experience an up again, to feel like he is living, not existing; to make a memory.
He needs an adventure, but if he is to achieve all that he wants to, this can't be any old adventure. It has to be the proverbial 'big one', or perhaps, even, the actual Big One.
The feel-good factor rides high in this gentle, young-at-heart, British comedy about the misadventures of four friends who are old enough to know better, but who refuse to grow up; unless they can do it without growing old, as they embark on a day trip from Weston-super-Mare to Blackpool in the hope of finding their lost youth at the top of one of Europe's tallest white-knuckle rollercoaster rides.
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This reads like a humorous British "road movie" in book form. It's a book of two halves; the first half is slower, although there are some priceless one liners, as the characters are set up and established. Then the journey itself gets underway, and features a series of 'set-piece' comical scenarios, as the four main characters embark on a race to find a very tall rollercoaster, and to rediscover their lost youth in the process. Witten in a flowing, easy-to-read style, you'll find you'll start off aiming to read a few pages, and can find you've read 20 or 30 before you even know it. Very enjoyable.