Monday, May 14, 2018

Yes, Really!


I ended up reading Kate Turkington’s new book ‘Yes, Really! – A Life’ by accident. It was on a table, I picked it up, and before I knew it, I was 100 pages in.

I have always been aware of Kate Turkington, the legendary radio personality and keen traveller, but I didn’t know much about her very interesting life. From the get-go, I was struck by the way she embraces adventure and her innate fearlessness. It is admirable.

It’s an unusual memoir. The book is quite fragmented and reads like an afternoon tea conversation with Kate, as she follows the various tangents her memory sends her on.  The stories are woven together with the type of wit that only an octogenarian can muster. She pieces together bits of her childhood, her travels and her romances and, I must warn you, very few details are spared.

I got to the end of the book, which has an unexpected twist, and found myself wishing that she had split it into two books – one about her life, family and relationships, and another about her adventurous travels. 

If you absolutely adore Kate or enjoy a good adventure, you’ll probably derive some pleasure from this book.

Yes, Really! – A Life by Kate Turkington (Tafelberg Publishers, 2018)