Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Adventures in the Ordinary
By Rebecca Front
Warm, funny and (mostly) true stories about the oddities of everyday life, the follow-up to Curious.
People are odd. Even the most predictable of us sometimes defy expectations. Add to that the tricks that life plays on us and the world suddenly seems full of impossible things.
As an award-winning actor and writer, Rebecca Front has always been fascinated by life's little quirks. Impossible Things Before Breakfast is a collection of true stories about surprising turns of events, bizarre misunderstandings and improbable life lessons. We learn, among other things, how gazing at the stars can help you communicate with teenagers, how a mushroom can undermine an ancient ritual, and why everyone should wear a cape.
Combining elegant writing, wry humour and genuine insight, this brilliant collection prises open the lid on ordinary life and feasts on the impossible.
Rebecca Front is a BAFTA-winning actress and the author of Curious and Impossible Things Before Breakfast. She is best known for her work on television, both in comedies such as The Thick of It, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, Nighty Night and The Day Today, and in such dramas as Lewis, War and Peace and Queers. With her brother Jeremy she stars in BBC Radio 4's Incredible Women, and she is a frequent panellist on The News Quiz. Her columns have appeared in the Guardian, Sunday Times and many other publications. Born and raised in East London, she read English at Oxford and was the first female president of the Oxford Revue.
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13 Jun 2019
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I was completely captivated by it — David Sedaris
The vignettes in this book often begin with peculiar snatches of overheard conversation, which Front then spins into more thoughtful observations on modern life. She covers her dad's hilarious DIY disasters, her attachment to Jewish rituals, the cape she wore as a teenager and stargazing with her son — Helen Brown, Daily Mail
In the introduction of Impossible Things she writes, "I love misunderstandings, embarrassment and confusion" - and there are plenty of those in her tales of life's absurdities that explore the solace and humour to be found in the awkward and incidental — Hannah Shaddock, Radio Times
Hilarious ... Rebecca Front is an affecting and elegant writer with a gift for making the ordinary seem extraordinary ... [H]er acute observations and sharp humour lift these experiences from the mundane to the refreshingly different. She is an extremely perceptive observer of people - in particular her family - as well as being aware of her own foibles, all of which imbues her writing with a warm authenticity ... The book is not only fun but in places deeply moving ... [A]ttention to body language, omissions and detail in general, infuses her writing throughout this delightful book — Sipora Levy, Jewish Chronicle
Bursting with tales of human quirks, misunderstandings and unexpected events - from school fairs to disastrous dinner parties - Rebecca highlights how one seemingly small incident can shine light on something much bigger. Insightful, witty and relatable, the collection is packed with characters you will recognise from your own life - something that makes it all the more enjoyable — White Company Blog
Hilarious — The Times