Cuckoo in the Nest
28 and back home with mum and dad. Living the dream...
By Nat Luurtsema
A brilliantly funny memoir from comic Nat Luurtsema, about her time moving back in with her parents at the grand old age of 28
Keep your enemies close, your family less so...
Last year Nat found herself with nowhere to live. She considered sleeping on the bus and washing in the rain but inevitably ended up on her parents' doorstep. It was only for a month, she assured them, if that.. She repeated this phrase a lot over the next six months, while the housing market stagnated like a spoilt kid's fish tank, and her life followed suit. While her friends pursued normal adult lives, Nat was taking packed lunches to gigs and being treated to lectures on "Why It's Nice When All The Tins Face Forwards In The Cupboard." ("So we can see what they all are at a glance!")
Nat wouldn't say she and those like her were the real victims of the recession, but it would be nice if you did. Then she would do a tiny, brave smile.
A book for anyone who's been forced back to the family nest, parents who can't shake off their adult kids, or anyone who's ever excused themselves from a family gathering for a quick scream into a pile of towels.
Nat won the Chortle Best Newcomer award after just eight months of doing stand-up. She has taken two shows to the Edinburgh Festival, and has written scripts for Channel 4 and Radio 4. She lives in a rented flat in London. Finally.
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12 Apr 2012
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Hodder & Stoughton
Disgustingly talented. — The Guardian
Wincingly funny. — The Observer
Nat Luurtsema is definitely an original thinker. Her inventive, witty routines demonstrate a wonderfully warped logic, taken to the limits of imagination. — Chortle
Nat's hilarious account of life with the folks will strike a chord with parents and their offspring everywhere! — Star
Utterly unique, ludicrously funny — GQ
Laugh-out-loud observational comedy... Fast, frenetic and scatologically funny, Nat's memoir keeps the jokes coming. — Marie Claire
Side-splitting memoir — U magazine