Texts From Dad: The Coronavirus Chronicles by Peter Barber – Blog Tour Book Review
Posted by kirstyes
About the Book
Hilarious account detailing 57 days of Coronavirus lockdown by ways of daily texts to his daughter that ended up going viral.
Bringing a smile by taking a different view. Introducing humour and leading the reader through a slow realisation that we have all been affected in the funniest ways if only we would stop to think about it.
After the first page a smile will creep across your face, by page two you will be hooked.
Written by a technophobic old fart that has trouble programming a dishwasher who was pushed into writing a blog using modern technology during forced isolation. Funny or insane? You decide.
Laugh at him, or with him. Either way, you will probably end up laughing at yourself too.
About the Author
Peter is a Carnivore with vegetarian tendencies (sometimes meat needs a garnish). BBQ enthusiast, father to a wayward daughter, husband to a fiery Greek philosopher and muse. Owner of two unfit overweight dogs, part time writer and full-time couch potato.
What I Thought
First things first the title and cover are slight misnomers. Rather than actual text messages these 57 entries are more like blog posts (or at least they are very long texts hence the author’s complaints of tired thumbs!). They detail musings on the first days of lockdown from Boris’ Blunders to The Tribulations of Trump, each accompanied by a pencil sketch which I assume the author drew. Nb. It was his daughter Charly – see her comment below.
Thankfully the author shares similar views to me on Brexit and how the government has handled the pandemic response otherwise I think I would have struggled to connect with this. There were a couple of comments re China that maybe could be considered non PC but on the whole I got and understood the humour.
There are even a few more serious moments/reflections touched on but due to the end date this didn’t reach the BLM movement and instead has more hopeful references to seeing a reduction in racism etc at the start of lockdown.
I was a little surprised that there was no mention of the weekly clap for keyworkers as that was such a striking part of my own experience but this is one person’s account and a generally lighthearted one at that.
I do wish that more careful editing had taken place to transition from the ‘text’/blog format to the finished book.
This account will definitely kick start reminiscences now and in future. It takes us from 24th March to 18th May so does focus mainly on the early stages of lockdown and the humour to be found in that situation. And there is a lot of humour in it. Very British humour at that – including a fart joke or two. I did find myself chuckling along but then I do enjoy a dad joke and a pun.
I was gifted a copy for the purposes of an honest review.