Susan Frobisher and Julie Wickham are turning sixty. They live in a small Dorset town and have been friends since school. On the surface Susan has it all - a lovely house and a long marriage to accountant Barry. Life has not been so kind to Julie, but now, with several failed businesses and bad marriages behind her, she has found stability: living in a council flat and working in an old people's home. Then Susan's world is ripped apart when Barry is found dead in a secret flat - or rather, a porn dungeon. It turns out Barry has been leading a fantastical double life as a swinger. He's run up a fortune in debts. The bank is going to take Susan's house and she'll lose everything she's never worked for. Until, under the influence of an octogenarian gangster named Nails, the women decide that, rather than let the bank take the house, they're going to take the bank. With the help of several thrill-crazy, wheelchair-bound friends they pull off the daring robbery, but soon find that getting away with it is not so easy. Setting off across Europe, the team pick up a teenage hitchhiker, get entangled with Interpol and the Russian Mafia, and discover that, far from winding down, their lives are only just beginning. The Sunshine Cruise Company is a sharp satire on friendship, ageing, the English middle-classes, the housing bubble and group sex: Thelma and Louise meets the Lavender Hill Mob , written and directed by Tarantino.
" A hearty bloodstained handshake, then, for John Niven's The Sunshine Cruise Company , in which a group of women aged from their mid-teens to advanced eighties get to behave in a thoroughly disreputable fashion...This new novel, Niven's seventh, breaks with his usual habit of laying bare the male psyche, but retains his celebrated strengths: sparky, unfussy writing; a fast-moving plot; and, most notably, an ability to be thoroughly outspoken about matters sexual and scatological whilst retaining a surprising degree of empathy for the human trials of his characters ...Comic fiction that reduces all its personnel to mere caricatures can be a trial to read, but this book, for all the amped-up extremity of the events it portrays, works because its characters get a grounding in emotional reality as well as a bunch of outrageous events with which to contend... Engaging, utterly accessible and boundary-bending : middle-aged chick lit that follows none of the conventions of middle-aged chick lit; lad lit that features no lads. In other words, it's for pretty much anyone , provided they can stomach Ethel's vocabulary and the unsavoury details of Barry's exit from life... It would be a major thrill to see a story like this in movie form . Might the ladies of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel be persuaded to consider a slightly racier residence...?" Independent
John Niven, geb. in Ayrshire im Südwesten Schottlands, spielte in den Achtzigern Gitarre bei der Indieband 'The Wishing Stones', studierte dann Englische Literatur in Glasgow und arbeitete schließlich in den Neunzigern als A&R-Manager einer Plattenfirma, bevor er sich 2002 dem Schreiben zuwandte. 2006 erschien sein erstes Buch, eine halbfiktionale Novelle. John Niven schreibt außerdem Drehbücher und Romane. Er lebt derzeit in Buckinghamshire, England.