Who could drown a goldfish or talk directly to God? Use a jigsaw as a template for china restoration? End up in the village millpond? Who planned for future blindness with military precision and sampled many of the different religions?
The answer to all these questions was Giddy Aunt Lillian.
She made a bank manager carry her money to a rival bank and then checked on their security. She created a pets’ graveyard in the back garden, from which she wanted to start a new business. Fairies ‘really did exist’ at the bottom of her garden and she was the bane of all the churches in the vicinity. She was every child’s dream relative but every family’s nightmare. Great-aunt Lillian was blissfully unaware of the chaos she left in her wake and was the talk of the village who found her adventures a constant source of gossip.
Oh My Giddy Aunt!
is set in a gentler time, before the onslaught of health and safety rules and regulations or political correctness. It was a time when eccentricity was celebrated and social services was in its infancy. Today Lillian would be investigated and declared insane – and the family probably would have been advised to put her away. Her niece Jojo was much beleaguered by her unconventional aunt and was often innocently drawn into her schemes, but the magic stayed with Jojo as she went on to write this book – it is narrated from her point of view.
The book is a laugh-out-loud read that will appeal to readers over 45 and resonate with anyone who has a quirky relative themselves.