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Lisa Armstrong became a journalist after graduating from Bristol University. She has worked on newspapers and magazines, and was Fashion Features Director of Vogue before becoming Style Editor at the Times. She lives in North London with her husband and two daughters.
When youâ€™re in a perfect marriage (only sans sex) and running the perfect home with a nanny and a cleaner, a part-time job just seals the package. Then across the road your university boyfriend of 20 years previously moves in with his perfectly perfect wife â€“ Trouble! This is a funny, acutely observed tale of modern manners reminiscent of early Wendy Holden.Comparisons: Wendy Holden, Jilly Cooper, Lou Wakefield.Similar this month: Jessica Adams, Julian Fellowes.
Struggling for air in a Darwinian shark pond at work and a house that is falling to pieces around her ears, single mother Cat McGinty dreams of a new job, a new home and a new life of rural bliss. Jess, her unpredictable, sexually hyperactive au pair and Lily, her ten- going on seventeen- year-old daughter would quite like to come with her. When Cat unexpectedly inherits a run down health farm in the glorious Dorset countryside, miles from memories of her feckless ex and the demands of her disapproving feminist mother, it seems their prayers have been answered. Unfortunately Butely is damper than the English channel, its patients tighter than a bad facelift and she has to share its ownership with a reclusive stranger who looks at Cat as if she were a particularly nasty strain of foot and mouth. But Cat can never resist a challenge, especially when Toby Marks, the world's Most Handsome Man, is the one offering it. And that's just the start of her problems.
Janie Pember gave up work to look after her children, but when her unreliable husband decides to take time out in South America to find himself, she has to find herself a job. Janie's lost most of her contacts since she quit work, but her best friend Cassie, the owner of a model agency, quickly fixes her up with an interview for the job of fashion editor on the International Gazette. Janie's sure she won't get it, and then when she does, sure she won't enjoy it, but she soon finds out that five years makes not a bit of difference in the fashion industry. And though she'd much rather be gardening (and trying to get her husband back), Janie finds herself insidiously drawn back into the senseless world of fashion.