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Riotous Retirement

Price: $25.00

Burnside is where people go to retire, socialise and appreciate peace and quiet — WRONG!

It’s where over 55 year olds go who are bored, who enjoy a good fight, hate authority, argue like hell, question every rule and regulation, love to interfere in the lives of others and, of course, it is where those who write stories about such people live!

Gabriel bossed others about in a former life and is never satisfied unless he is the centre of attention but he is continually frustrated! Helga is employed by the village operators but must also heed the wishes and interests of the residents and all this while juggling everything to first and foremost fulfill her own ambitions. Alex is the caretaker who does his level best to satisfy everyone. He never succeeds!

This book has women who drive fast cars and fast scooters, men who tell great tales, some who are arch plotters and schemers and many who don’t know what the hell they are doing. They all exist together in the ferment that is Burnside Retirement Village.

Riotous Retirement (in CD form read by Brian Robertson)

Price: $35.00

Burnside is where people go to retire, socialise and appreciate peace and quiet — WRONG!

It’s where over 55 year olds go who are bored, who enjoy a good fight, hate authority, argue like hell, question every rule and regulation, love to interfere in the lives of others and, of course, it is where those who write stories about such people live!

Gabriel bossed others about in a former life and is never satisfied unless he is the centre of attention but he is continually frustrated! Helga is employed by the village operators but must also heed the wishes and interests of the residents and all this while juggling everything to first and foremost fulfill her own ambitions. Alex is the caretaker who does his level best to satisfy everyone. He never succeeds!

This book has women who drive fast cars and fast scooters, men who tell great tales, some who are arch plotters and schemers and many who don’t know what the hell they are doing. They all exist together in the ferment that is Burnside Retirement Village.

Reviews

 
Riotous Retirement

Slam !! Bang !! oops—sigh………. A smile a minute fun read as an outburst of chaotic humour abounds when newly retired over 55’s adapt to a new lifestyle and different friends when downsizing to “Burnside Retirement Village”, all under the eagle eye of Manager Helga (they do not know what they are in for). Hilarious cartoons, eye catching cover and end of chapter limericks bring the stories to life. Brian and Ron deserve a courage medal for this pearl. Independent review 1st March 2014 Mary Campbell.

Mary Campbell
Queensland
02 Mar 2014

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Press Kit

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Description of the Book

Want to know what life is really like in a retirement village? Find out in the book Riotous Retirement. It is a collection of fifteen short stories each illustrating some aspect of life in a community for the retired.

You would think that over 55 year olds who have so many of life’s luxuries at hand—from bowling greens and craft rooms to swimming pools and gyms, would be mature enough to agree to live together in harmony. Granted they live in closer proximity to each other than in regular suburbia, but a little space is not much to sacrifice for such amenity and convenience.

If you thought like this you would be wrong of course! The stories in Riotous Retirement prove that the exact opposite is the case. Groups of retirement village residents just never agree about anything!

When people buy into a retirement village they become part of a community. This requires that they contribute collectively to decisions concerning the management of all this luxury. Invariably there are many who are not used to such compromise. They believe that only they are right. Not a good start in a communal living environment!

These differences of opinion are always blown up out of all proportion and if not by the participants, then certainly by the time the stories have been told a few times. The two authors of Riotous Retirement have, shamelessly, taken advantage of each and every such situation!

(Or the introduction on the home page of this website offers an alternative book description.)

Reviews

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Media Coverage

Listen to a favourable review of "Riotous Retirement" on the 612 ABC Brisbane "Breakfast" radio show with Spencer Howson which aired on 20th June 2014. The segment about "Riotous Retirement" starts about 2:50.

Press Releases

February 2014: 2014-01-04-Riotous-Retirement-Press-Release.pdf (253 KB)
February 2014: 2014-01-04-Riotous-Retirement-Alternate-Press-Release.pdf (257 KB)

About the Authors

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Author Contact Information

Website: https://riotousretirement.com

Brian Robertson
Phone: 07 38794195
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Ron Smallwood
Phone: 0490 059 500
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Riotous Retirement authors

Brian Robertson (left) and Ron Smallwood (right).

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Publisher Contact Information

This is Pamela Lamb, phone 07 3818 7540, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the principal at Agneau Press, Bellbird Park, Ipswich, publishers of Riotous Retirement and other books many of which Pamela also authored.

Pamela Lamb Publisher

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Book Cover

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Back cover synopsis in PDF format:  Riotous-Retirement-Synopsis.pdf (43 KB)

Videos

The direct link to the video featured on the front page of the website is as follows:

Persuading Gabriel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4SLvrCKDPE

About the Authors

 

Meet the Authors

Brian Robertson and Ron Smallwood are now both retired, in the sense that neither must work for anyone. They can now do just whatever they like—so long as wives agree that is. Brian and wife Marjorie live in a retirement village and Ron and wife Denise have worked in many retirement villages. Now they do exactly what they want to do.

In Brian’s case this is writing books, Digger’s Story before Riotous Retirement and textbooks for South Pacific schools before that. His next book will probably be about his time spent as a National Serviceman in the Gordon Highlanders

Ron is more recently retired and still works for fun occasionally, with a mate who does house renovations and repairs. He and Denise are also still involved with people in retirement villages. You can contact Ron and Brian below.

If they had titles for their division of labour in this partnership, which they don’t, Ron would be Chief Marketing Officer, and Brian Chief Production Officer.

More Contact Details

For details on Digger’s story go to https://warstory.com.au

For details on other books written by Brian go to https://pngschoolbooks.com

Ron’s email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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