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Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam
  

Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator

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One of our Books of the Year 2016.

A beautifully quirky, yet at the same time completely logical love story (well it is logical once you've realised that you too, have fallen in love with an alligator). ‘Carrying Albert Home’ is a nine part tale, detailing an odyssey that took place during the 1930’s, interspersed with snappy little introductions to each part of the story by the author. As Homer (the elder) and Elsie his wife, adventure their way down the east coast from West Virgina to Florida, with Albert the alligator and the Rooster, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Homer Hickam (the younger and author) is telling the ‘somewhat true’ story of the early years of his parents marriage, surely this is the most fantastical tale ever told! I believe that John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway would remember their parts in this tale with glee, who wouldn't want to have been introduced to the charming and rather glorious Albert? I quite simply devoured this enchanting book in one sitting, and I will want to read it again and again. ~ Liz Robinson

One of our Books of the Year 2015.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Richard Coe - 'Give it a go, it really is a delightful and charming book that is very easy to read.'
  • Suze - 'A fantastic book about two people who are travelling through America to carry home their alligator Albert...For me this is one of the best books I’ve read this year.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'I loved reading Carrying Albert Home, for apart from a great book, it reminded me of all the adventure stories I devoured as a child, This is one for any age, adults, teens, heck even children will love this book!!!'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'I loved reading Carrying Albert Home...the story is a journey is like no other.'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'A truly brilliant and funny book that has the reader laughing throughout.'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'a book with a difference.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'What is unique about the story is the fact it is written in the style of a biography with Homer the son writing of the journey of a life time of his parents.'
  • Doreen McKeown - I found it highly entertaining, very amusing in parts and quite moving and poignant in others - I enjoyed it very much.'
  • Cathy Small - 'A story of Homer as he travels to return Albert his alligator to his true home whilst we see his marriage trials and the adventures of the journey.'
  • Annie Day - 'An unconventional tale of a road trip filled with love, adventure ... and an alligator!'
  • Emma Smith - 'A journey across America with plenty of quirky characters and humorous adventures along the way.'
  • Nicola Edwards - 'A charming and adorable tale of the journey of a husband, wife and alligator across America during the Great Depression...I absolutely loved it!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The book also contains wonderful photographs of the people mentioned in the book.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'Funny and heart-warming, this memorable and wonderfully madcap adventure will bring a little bit of joy into your life... I loved this book so much, it far exceeded all of my expectations.'
  • Bev Farningham - 'This will make you laugh and cry - truly original.'
  • Lynne Morgan  - 'I found this book charming and compelling, both funny and sad and very cleverly written.'

Synopsis

Carrying Albert Home The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator by Homer Hickam

'Must-read...A funny yet tragic tale of a husband and wife's car journey across the US with Albert the alligator in tow. Yes, really.' Marie Claire A journey of a thousand miles. With an alligator on the back seat. And John Steinbeck as a passenger. This is a tale where everything is true,except the bits that are made up.

In 1930s America, the Great Depression made everyone's horizons smaller, and Elsie Lavender found herself back where she began, in the coalfields of West Virginia. She had just one memento of her halcyon days - a baby alligator named Albert. Then one day, her husband's stoical patience snapped and Elsie had to choose between Homer and Albert. She decided that there was only one thing to do: they would carry Albert home to Florida. And so began their odyssey - a journey like no other, where Elsie, Homer and Albert encountered everything from movie stars and revolutionaries to Ernest Hemingway and hurricanes in their struggle to find love, redemption, and a place to call home. From the bestselling author of Rocket Boys-the basis of the movie October Sky-comes a long-awaited prequel. Big Fish meets The Notebook in this novel about a man, a woman, and their alligator.

Reviews

'An absolute delight'
Woman

& Home 'crazy, quirky, loveable
The Pool

'It's utterly charming'
The Scotsman

'Hickam's novel blends fact and fiction in a delightful tall tale'
Mail on Sunday

's Event Magazine 'Must-read... A funny yet tragic tale of a husband and wife's car journey across the US with Albert the alligator in tow. Yes, really.'
Marie Claire

'This charmingly quirky book is a must-read'
Essentials Magazine

'quirky, charming'
Fabulous Magazine

About the Author

Homer Hickam

Homer Hickam is the bestselling and award-winning author of many books, including the #1 New York Times memoir Rocket Boys, which was adapted into the film October Sky. He is a Vietnam combat veteran and has also been a coal miner, scuba instructor, palaeontologist and NASA engineer.

Author photo © Linda Hickham

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Book Info

Publication date

30th June 2016

Author

Homer Hickam

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Literary Fiction
Reading Groups
Romantic Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Memoirs

ISBN

9780008154240

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