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Gemma Burgess grew up in various cities in Australia and Asia, mostly Hong Kong. Her love of reading and writing probably came from being taught at home by her English teacher mother for the first few months of every move.
She went to university in Sydney, where indecision led her to a triple major Bachelor of Arts in English, History and Theatre, followed by a Journalism course.
Gemma moved to London when she was 22 with not much more than £400 and the address of a hostel in Bayswater. She started working as a copywriter, writing for one of Microsoft's agencies, where she would hide in the toilets and cry because she couldn't understand the technical stuff she was writing. Over time, Gemma moved to better and more exciting agencies, until she finally had the experience to become a freelancer and - more importantly - the confidence to write her own stuff.
This, of course, wasn't the point of her 20s: the point was to have as much fun as possible without going over her overdraft. Gemma also had her heart broken more times than is worth reporting, and more bad dates than she cares to admit. Finally, at 3am in a bad nightclub in Chelsea, Gemma met a tall, loud Irish guy who she married in April 2010. He makes her laugh so much that she is in constant danger of incontinence. Which just shows that any club that will play S Club 7 without irony isn't all bad.
A Girl Like You is the second book from Gemma Burgess. Her first novel, The Dating Detox, was published in 2010 to rave reviews. This latest one is laugh out loud funny, smart, plotty and funny! If you liked Bridget Jones you'll love this.
Coco has always been the 'good one'. But when she catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she decides it's time to break bad. Coco swiftly goes from spending all her time baking and reading to working in (and dancing on) a bar, and falling in and out of love. Meanwhile Coco's best friends are suddenly plunged into break-ups, break-downs, big breaks, and before long the group is on the verge of quitting New York City altogether. Is Coco strong enough to keep them all together - and find herself at the same time?
Broke. Broken-hearted. Bored. (Not necessarily in that order.) WELCOME TO NEW YORK CITY. Angie James is lost. A regular poster girl for Generation Screwed, being 22 isn't what she expected. What happens when having fun isn't, you know, fun? In the Brooklyn townhouse she shares with her best friends, Angie wants to figure out what to do with her life. But wild parties, bad dates, dead-end jobs, demanding fashionistas and even true love just keep getting in the way... Who knew adulthood would be so damn grown-up?
If you can't date anyone nice, don't date anyone at all... Dating is a dangerous sport. So after her sixth successive failed relationship, romantically-challenged 20-something Sass decides she's had enough. The Dating Detox is born. No men, no break-ups, no problem. The result? Her life - usually joyfully/traumatically occupied with dates, clothes and vodka - is finally easy. Chastity rocks. No wonder nuns are always singing. Everything falls at her feet. Especially men. Will Sass break the rules? Why does fate keep throwing her in the path of the irritatingly amusing - and gorgeous - Jake? Will she ever roll the dice and play again? Or is a love-free life too good to risk losing? For the post-Carrie Bradshaw, post-Bridget Jones, post-credit crunch generation of singles, life isn't beautiful, a bitch, or a beach. It's a party.