Grumpies on board



Grumpies On Board

Genre: humour, non-fiction

Release Date: 21st May 2015

Publisher: Safkhet

A "book it" list like no other, with humorous suggestions for extreme active ageing trips and why grumpies should not go snuffle trunting


Fancy a holiday with a difference? Then pack your bags and get ready for some extreme active ageing. Us 'older' folk are heading away from the traditional hotel holiday and at last, having fun!

This humorous guide, compiled by Mr and Mrs Grumpy, offers alternatives to the usual holiday—from sensible to outrageous—to suit every grumpy guts.

Learn about Arctic boot camps, ayurvedic retreats, drumming holidays, ice blokarting, motoring experiences, skijorking, tubing, Vespa excursions, voodoo trips and discover why Mr Grumpy will never go truffle hunting again.

With over 300 suggestions of how to get the best out of your vacation and live life to the maximum, this book aims to inspire and entertain.

Read it and put some choices on your "book it" list. After all, you only live once!

“An excellently researched insight into the world of the truly grumpy traveller. Youngsters beware..!” Nigel Vardy AKA Mr. Fostbite. Record breaking mountaineer, author and inspirational speaker.





Carol E. Wyer was born in Munster, Germany in 1960. She began her working life in Casablanca where she taught English and French in Language Schools and for companies. used to race around the streets on a clapped out VéloSoleX bike, avoiding donkeys. She changed career to become a fitness instructor in her forties and appeared in Zest magazine as a ‘success story’. No longer able to touch her toes with her hands, she has now become a full-time writer. Having written a series of educational yet amusing books for children, she turned her attention to the adult market in 2010 when her son flew from the nest.


Her first two novels Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines and Surfing in Stilettos won several awards for humour and much attention from the media. Since then, she has won the people’s Book Prize Award with Grumpy Old Menopause and has appeared on over fifty BBC radio stations, several international radio stations, Sky News, NBC television and BBC Breakfast television discussing age-related subjects such as ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Grumpy Old Menopause’. Her writing style has been described frequently by the media as 'witty' or 'humorous' and has even been compared to the acerbic wit of Jeremy Clarkson and the humour of Robin Williams.


Carol has written articles for and featured in several national women’s magazines including Take A BreakChoice, Woman’s Weekly and Woman's Own who also wrote about her journey to becoming a best-selling author.


Currently writing a series of novels and articles aimed at the ‘older’ woman and man, Carol is also engaged in writing by-line articles and posts for magazines and websites including Silver Travel Advisor and the Huffington Post. 


Carol is also a regular Loud Mouth on BBC Radio Derby.


Last year, she took a crash course in stand-up comedy and is currently doing a comedy tour entitled Smile While You Still have Teeth to sell-out audiences, proving you’re never too old to try a new experience. 





1st Prize – copy of the book (uk winner a signed paperback / non UK an ecopy)

2nd Prize – Grumpy old git / cow travel mug


My Review

This is not a novel but a selection of places to go and things to do once you reach a certain age. Of course, it is all done in Carol Wyer’s inimitable style and will have you chuckling aloud. I love her ‘can-do’ attitude coupled with the ‘not blooming likely’ response of her Grumpy. Whatever your age, this book will encourage you to seize the moment and do something memorable – hopefully for all the right reasons. Arranged alphabetically there are loads of places that I’ve now added to my ‘wish list’ (I refuse to call it a bucket list). Whilst many are the stuff of which dreams are made – how I envy you at times Carol – there are plenty of things to suit every taste and budget. Nice to find quite a few that are not run of the mill. If you don’t fancy white water rafting, how about a safari or hot air balloon ride? If the worst comes to the worst, you can always leave your own Grumpy at home and take me.



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Matt Ward | Reply 21.09.2015 20.05

Like all Carol's books it is well worth reading and extremely humerous.

joanna lambert | Reply 21.09.2015 15.52

My review comes Wednesday Julie but agree, this book has been a real tonic. Many laugh out loud moments....

Carol E Wyer | Reply 21.09.2015 11.13

Thank you ever so much for this super post and review. I hoped the book would inspire and entertain. The Grumpy One enjoyed some of the experiences :)

Julie Ryan 21.09.2015 11.22

Well it certainly gave me a boot where it was neded. Life's too short and all that. Not sure about the volcano boarding experience but there's a lot more there

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