The MacLosers

Rated 3.25/5 based on 12 reviews
An unemployed architect thinks his prayers have been answered when he inherits a Scottish village. But when he takes his dysfunctional family to the Highlands, he finds the place in shambles, the locals standoffish, and the cunning caretaker determined to steal the property out from under him. More
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About Paul Moxham

Paul Moxham hails from Melbourne, Australia. He's best known for his children's mystery series which follows Joe, Amy, Sarah, and Will as they have adventures in 1950's Britain.

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Willow Webster reviewed on Oct. 23, 2013

I found it highly entertaining.
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Tanya Dennings reviewed on May 21, 2013

I tried to read The Maclosers to give it an honest review, but I just couldn't. There were a few funny moments, but overall I found the book to be boring. I don't think I got past page 50 and I was forcing myself to read that much.
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Cindy Holdmann reviewed on May 7, 2013

I received this book for an honest review. It is a short story about a man who inherits a castle and town in Scotland. When he moves his family there with the intent of refurbishing it and selling it, others claim ownership. It is supposed to be humorous and at times it was but I found the writing rushed, flat, and the characters unmemorable.
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Davros10 reviewed on April 5, 2013

Written for teens, this book also has a lot to offer oldies like me too, especially if you think you'd like the humour of Compton MacKenzie's Highland novels told in a slapstick manner.

The plot itself is nothing new: heir moves back to ancestral home, finds something amiss - in this case it's falling down and ready to be demolished - but is determined to make it work, but can only overcome the machinations of the local "baddie" if he/she can get family and/or locals to back him/her.

The author here has made it fresh by injecting a lot of humour, much of it slapstick, into all the characters and their interactions. A good read, enhanced by the fact that at only 27,000 words it doesn't overstay its welcome.

Recommended, particularly for younger readers.
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R. Bruce Macdonald reviewed on March 22, 2013

An enjoyable and humorous quick read about what happens when two cultures clash while hopes and dreams are dashed and then brought back to life. Interesting characters that develop quickly as the book progresses.
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Frances Bott reviewed on March 19, 2013

Ever met someone that seems like Murphy’s Law follows them everywhere they go? Well get ready to meet a family that Murphy follows.
The MacLosers by Paul Moxham is based on a true story. Robert Diobair, an architect that is out of work when he and his family inherit a Scottish Village. Thinking this will solve all his problems, off to Scotland they go, and Murphy follows them.
This story is hilarious as so many things go wrong for the family. But unbeknown to them, part of it is sabotage. Someone wants their property and will do anything to get it.
If you are ready for a good laugh and love to see the underdog win, here’s a book that gives you both.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Carolyn Scott reviewed on March 8, 2013

This an enjoyable short novella about an American family who inherit a run-down castle and village in the Scottish highlands and being down on their luck decide to take on the job of renovating it. I enjoyed the book as it's very funny in places, has some interesting characters and a strong story line. It was very readable and I felt would have worked very well as a children's book. However, as an adult novel it felt underdone and unsatisfying. The characters, while interesting were a bit too stereotypical. I would have liked to see more of the wife and children's personalities, particularly how they change over the book. For example how did the daughter change from a classic, lazy teenager caring only about her phone and her nails to a rugby playing harridan? The ending is also very rapid with the transformation of the castle and the village completed seemingly without effort or any funding - there's a whole other story in there waiting to be told.
I think this could be a really funny full-sized novel with further development of plot and characters and I'd love to see more writing from this author. I can also see the story working really well as a TV series with episodes in there about the feud between the two villages, the American kids and their exploits in this strange place and the renovation of the village and castle.

I received this book via LibraryThing as a free member give-away in exchange for a review.
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Tabby reviewed on March 4, 2013

A quick and easy read for adults. The story starts off a little slow, but about a third of the way through, the flow of the writing is much better. Then you just have to finish it to see what happens to the villagers. Also, the second half is more family-friendly, while the first half seems to be geared more for adults only. Maybe the author should write two versions! Overall, funny novella with some memorable Scottish characters.

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Narlen & Eveline Evans reviewed on Oct. 1, 2012

Lost interest after the first chapter.The story line sounded promising but it was all narrative.
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njmom3 reviewed on Sep. 11, 2012

Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-maclosers.html

The MacLosers is the story of the Diobair family - Roger and Samantha and their children Alex and Jess. Roger is an out-of-work architect who can't seem to escape the disasters of his last job. The financial and emotional troubles of being out of work are piling up. Then, out of the blue, they receive an inheritance - a village in Scotland.

Being out of options, the family moves to a dilapidated castle with an interesting cast of village characters. Some friendly, and some definitely not. People expect Roger to quit; yet he does not. Along the way is a feud with a neighboring village, some long forgotten history, and a winner take all wager. All the makings of a fun tale.

Overall, the book was a very quick, very easy read. It was a fun story. Throughout, my thought was that with some revisions and editing to make the language and content more kid-friendly, this would make a fun children's movie - the tried and true plot family in trouble to a family taking on a new adventure to a family coming together.

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(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
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