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  • Published: 15 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9780091926793
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

The Tent, the Bucket and Me

Pack your suitcases, we’re off! The bestselling and hilarious Seventies childhood memoir of wet, windy and utterly disastrous family camping trips, now in massmarket paperback

For the Seventies child, summer holidays didn’t mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves.

For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went. Whether it was being swept away by a force ten gale on the Welsh coast or suffering copious amounts of food poisoning on a brave trip to the south of France, family holidays always left them battered and bruised.

But they never gave up. Emma’s memoir, The Tent, The Bucket and Me, is a painfully funny reminder of just what it was like to spend your summer holidays cold, damp but with sand between your toes.

  • Published: 15 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9780091926793
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Emma Kennedy

Emma Kennedy is a bestselling author, TV writer, actress and presenter. She has written ten books including her bestselling memoirs, The Tent the Bucket and Me and I Left My Tent in San Francisco. She wrote the Wilma Tenderfoot series for children and has also adapted The Tent the Bucket and Me for the BBC, renamed The Kennedys. The Time of Our Lives is Emma’s second adult novel.

As an actress Emma has appeared in many award-winning comedies including Goodness Gracious Me, People Like Us and Miranda. Emma won Celebrity Masterchef in 2012 and is a Guinness World Record holder.

Emma lives in Surrey with her wife and their dogs, and is hard at work on her next novel. You can follow her on Twitter @EmmaKennedy.

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Praise for The Tent, the Bucket and Me

Frighteningly hilarious


An invigorating, warm-hearted and often hysterial read ... Brilliant

Time Out

I love her writing


Offers all you could ask for in terms of lovingly remembered period details, comical pratfalls and well-justified swearing

Daily Mail

Jaw achingly funny from cover to cover ... it will strike a chord with seasoned campers everywhere

Caravan, Motorhome and Camping Mart

I love camping! Relive the experience with Emma et al - you can almost taste the smell of the damp canvas


Laugh-out-loud funny




You really ought to take Emma Kennedy on holiday with you. In book-form only. Never, ever, in person


It's sly descriptions of chaotic familys are a shrewd commentary on family life

Sainsbury's magazine

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