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Inconceivable is a novel by Ben Elton, following a childless couple’s efforts to conceive. The story is told in the form of journal entries by the two principal. Inconceivable [Ben Elton] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The international bestseller that inspired the movie Maybe Baby. Birds do it. The hilarious and poignant new novel from one of Britain’s most entertaining and provocative writers.

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The Problem is that they might be infertile. The inconcsivable is set up as the two main characters’ diaries as they pursue fertility treatment. The characters were awful people, neither of them had a single redeeming quality. Except, then, no, there’s no further evidence that that’s what was intended at all. My husband finished the book in 2 nights hahah and bounced back to me with loads of question relating to Dlton Lucy and Sam trying to get pregnant.

The diary style narrative I mentioned earlier does actually work really well and is later used as inconceivabel plot device so I don’t see that as a negative anymore. There’s nothing really wrong with it, just nothing all that right either. This is a topic which could be fraught with danger but Elton has handled it with humour, and compassion. Ben Elton perfectly captures their voices – the laddish and insensitive Sam and the desperate and hormonal Lucy.

Review – Inconceivable by Ben Elton

Like all Ben Elton books I’ve read the ending was tinged with sad ending, one of his strengths is finding a balance between the two. Successful, happy and in love. Inconcievable confirms Ben Elton as one of Britain’s most significant, entertaining and provocative writers.

Reader Reviews Why not your own Review for this book? That’s when you risk losing what you have. Diese inconceivabble weitere Rezensionen findet ihr auf meinem Blog: So, while the story moves along with great speed and has some really funny moments, there are also parts that are a bit cliched.


The book does warm-up after a while and I found myself reading more and feeling sorry for Ebn in a way. Besonders Lucy ist fast schon besessen von dem Gedanken, endlich Mutter zu sein.

But about half way through something bad happens and the rest of the novel never recovers the lightness and humour of the first half. In a book about infertility, I’m sure you are supposed to root for the characters to get pregnant, but I found myself eternally grateful that they couldn’t reproduce. Lucy wants a baby. I would recomend this to anyone and although i have read most of Ben Elton’s books and have found them all enjoyable, this remains my favourite.

This is what irritated me even more However, I did find that the actual flow of the book was somewhat impeded by the Diary Entry form of the book. Hitchins rated it really liked it.

Pretty much the only thing Lucy does is whinge on about wanting a baby, her entire point in life being having a baby, having wanted a baby since she was one herself, desiring nothing be The first and biggest thing that irritated me about this book, told through dual consecutive diary entries written by husband and wife, was the voice of Lucy. I’m not sure what turned me off the first time, possibly the diary style first person narrative of the book.

But the main storyline is overwrought, overcomplicated, and for a supposedly comedic novel, not very funny. Open Preview See a Problem?

Inconceivable by Ben Elton

Each character also has their own private battles. What was also really well done was a plot twist that you could see coming as the reader by design I believebut which the characters themselves couldn’t. Feb 06, Christine Blachford rated it liked it. His career as both performer and writer encompasses some of the most memo Ben Elton was born on 3 Mayin Catford, South London. Lucy wants to have sex at every opportunity.

Website developed and built by Ultimate Database Ltd. Elton has picked a sensitive subject to cover and having read one of his books before, I know that his style is to make fun of people and things so I wasn’t sure how he could make this topic funny. Lucy wants to be a mother, but there’s only one problem. But what I love about Ben Elton This is one of my favourite books and i have gone back to it time and again, because the characters, especially Sam are so endearing.


This was a good idea but does become repetitive and annoying.

A great read, despite the earthy language. However, he doesn’t manage to completely break the stereotypical gender moulds – the man who app Alternating diary entries from a couple who are dealing with the inability to produce a baby together – that’s how this book is written. The hilarious and poignant new novel from one of Britain’s most entertaining and provocate writers.


Das macht Sam aber wieder wett, denn der inconeivable herrlich sarkastisch und oft unfreiwillig lustig, weil er auch noch so viel Pech hat, der Arme! Elton lives in Perth with his Aussie wife Sophie and three children. Das inconceivablr dann Stellen, an denen man einfach laut loslachen muss. Lucy desperately wants a baby. For example, while Lucy deals with the constant ‘probing’ of doctors with stoic pragmatism, Sam dreads the looming ‘legal tug’ he has been practising for since puberty as only a man can.

At first I must admit to finding this a little difficult to get into – I’ve never been a bit fan of prolonged monologui Ben Elton’s sixth book “Inconceivable” is the story of married couple Sam and Lucy and their attempts to have a baby.