NiceCelia Imrie, the British actress who played Madge in the two Marigold Hotel movies, as well as acting in many other television shows, plays and movies including Calendar Girls, has written a book. I didn’t realize she was also an author until I caught her guesting on BBC Canada’s The Graham Norton Show the other night. When she described the book as being about women of a certain age (Boomers) relocating to Nice, France to escape their ungrateful offspring and the dreariness of London, it sounded like something right up my alley.

Not Quite Nice is a delightful read—targeted at our age group, not quite a mystery but more than a travelogue. Think of it as a more eccentric, spiced-up My Life in Provence. For anyone who is fortunate enough to have ever been to the south of France, you’ll love the descriptions of Old Town in Nice, the narrow, ancient streets, the brasseries, harbours and turquoise Mediterranean views. When Theresa Simmons loses her job in a solicitor’s office in London, she decides a complete change of scenery is in order. Her ex-husband had left her for their children’s nanny several years earlier, her daughter is an ungrateful bitch and she dislikes her obnoxious grandchildren, whom she babysits in her spare time. In order to make ends meet in her new location, Theresa starts a cooking club to earn a few extra Euros. Not only does she immediately become part of the British expat community in the small coastal village of Belle-sur-Mer but she unwittingly becomes part of their Keystone cops shenanigans. And a few of her simple recipes are thrown in for good measure.

The book wasn’t available to download from my library, perhaps because it’s still relatively new, but I was fortunate to find it on for only $6.76 for downloading to my Kindle. It was well worth the investment. In the meantime, three new books I’d been waiting-listed for at the library became available all the same time, so I’m going to be busy. One of them is Donna Tartt’s The Secret History (she wrote The Goldfinch) which is five hundred and seventy-six pages so that should keep me busy. Another is Martin John, a current best seller that I’m dying to dig into. I’ll let you know how it goes.


Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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