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Happy Families: The heart-warming and hilarious winner of Richard & Judy's Search for a Bestseller 2020

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I enjoyed the Asian background of this novel and the insight into the racism that the characters had experienced.

I love books that feature a large family with lots of different characters and personalities and this one had the added interest that it was based around a Chinese family! Feeling nostalgic reading these as an adult, and really wish there was a full 20 book set to purchase. By the time I'd won the competition the publishers had decided that the book was good to go out and I didn't have any kickback about the switching.

I’d seen a bit of a buzz about Happy Families by Julie Ma recently, so I picked up a copy from Sainsbury’s.

As it is the story probably tries to do too much with its complete overview of the family history and it doesn’t succeed in achieving anything other than being a forgettable family drama that lacks impetus. All of the reviews i read beforehand complained that it was slow and boring and not what they were expecting. Innovative, funny and moving, his work encompasses storybooks, picture books, easy readers, joke books and novels as well as poems.

There were so many layers to this story, and so many characters all deftly woven together, but it never felt overly complicated or confusing to read which I am always grateful for with multigenerational stories. Poor Daisy doesn't know whether she's coming or going, whether she's rich or poor - until everything changes . Did you meet any obstructions or have any doubts in having the phonetic writing and translation of Cantonese, for example in including such phrases like ‘sei gweilo sing’ which you have translated as ‘bloody western ways’? But then Ah Goong collapses in the street and time is running out if Amy wants to play happy families before it’s too late.

It follows the story of Amy and her extended Chinese family who live in a small town in Wales and run a Chinese takeaway. Encouraging readers to see what jobs people do and to learn about the relationships between people, they offer a delightfully comic and upbeat snapshot of family life. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Really enjoyed the first half, the writing simple, and funny, with an insight into first, second and third generation Chinese families in Wales.Many of his books were collaborations with his wife, Janet, an illustrator, and they quickly became one of Britain’s leading author/illustrator teams. Ex-library book with stamps on the first page, it is also likely to have a small shelf number sticker on the spine.

As the story reveals itself we are given snippets of life for Ah Goong when he first arrived in the UK. For me there’s a parallel that when you're 18, you want to go away, and you’re supposed to go out and get a better job. Classic characters like Burglar Bill and The Jolly Postman have become firm favourites with a generation of children who are now reading them to their own offspring. I remember watching Ronny Chieng: International Student and in episode one Ronnie talks about his mum and her insistence on getting his humours right and everything by eating the right things and I was like “That’s its - it’s not just us, it's everybody!

Nevertheless it's still great that Richard and Judy have used their status to bring this to a wider audience, Julie Ma herself taken over the family takeaway business in 2008 brings to life types of people abd their lives of which I don't normally tend to read about. And that is a beautiful, moving tale of the family behind the local takeaway and what they bring to the community, but mostly what they mean to each other. Based on the classic 'Happy Families' card game, this highly entertaining series is ideal for reading and sharing at home or at school.

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