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

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Hardback 416 Pages / Published: 19/11/2015
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`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.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008154219
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 227 x 159 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`An absolute delight' Woman & Home

`This offbeat tale about a man, his wife and her pet alligator Albert going on a road trip has been likened to Forrest Gump and Big Fish - but we think it's far more loveable.' Heat

`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

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“A book of great charm”

Carrying Albert Home is a wonderful, warm novel. It is also downright odd but I don’t hold that against it since I positively enjoy the quirkier side of reading. I’ve worked my way through the Hundred Year Old Man,... More

Hardback edition
6 similar books recommended
8th November 2015
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“The story of taking one alligator to California turned into one of the best book's I've ever read.”

I happened to pick up the reading copy that was delivered to our branch on a whim; I am a sucker for stories that involve reptiles of any sort. I did not expect to adore this book as wholeheartedly as I did.

The... More

Hardback edition
16th October 2015
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“A great story that is a blend of fact and fiction”

Review by ireadnovels.wordpress.com
I loved reading Carrying Albert Home. The story is a blend of fact and fiction about a man and his wife and her alligator. This book has already got publishers around the world... More

Hardback edition
30th September 2015
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