I admit it, I laughed out loud, disturbing my family and earning quizzical looks from my oldest son while I was reading Stairlift to Heaven by Terry Ravenscroft.
This is a wonderful collection of vignettes from the life of the author and focuses on growing old. The snippets in themselves are humorous and entertaining, but the best part of the book is how the characters are revealed through the narrative. While the things each character does and says could be cliche, they aren't because they are so real.
I have always been a big fan of classic British comedy and this novel lives up to those greats, perhaps because the author was actually a script writer for many of them. As an American who spent time in Australia, many of the reference to things British were very familiar, but a little understanding of British society would be a definite plus when reading the book. However, even if a reader doesn't understand some of those cultural references, the humor still works.
I absolutely loved this book and the humor was truly laugh-out-loud. I highly recommend Stairlift to Heaven to anyone who likes to take a light-hearted view of the world.