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Lucy Robinson is the author of The Greatest Love Story of All Time, A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger and The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me. Lucy worked in theatre and then television documentaries before starting a blog for Marie Claire about her laughably unsuccessful foray into the world of online dating. She did not meet a man during this time but she did become a novelist: every cloud has a silver lining. She now lives in Bristol with her partner, The Man, whom she met when she took off to Buenos Aires to become a bohemian writer in 2010.
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April 2015 Book of the Month. A hugely enjoyable romance with the horsey world of thee-day eventing as its backdrop overshadowed by a creepy tale of a power freak and his outrageous and devastating behaviour. So through both a romance, light-hearted and often humorous, and a thriller, dark and powerful, we follow a tale of fear and love, of horses and relationships. This is very good indeed. Chic-lit with bite and a great twist.
July 2014 Book of the Month. Sally and Fiona, cousins but brought up together so more like sisters, move to London and later New York. Fiona falls in with a bad lot. Sally has a beautiful voice she chooses to hide. This is typical chic lit stuff. Lots of ups and downs in the pursuit of true love, lots of setbacks and one large slice of tragedy but in true style all works out in the end. It is getting there that is such fun … only this one is perhaps just a tad too long in the middle!
April 2012 Debut of the Month. Poor jilted TV producer, Fran, is persuaded by her cameraman friend Dave, to go on eight dates in the three month split that her old boyfriend requested they have. Well, it is certainly more interesting than sitting about moping so we join the trials and tribulations for the ensuing muddle as Mr Right is sought and inevitably found ... I'm not telling you who he is but you'll guess pretty early on. Finding out how they discover each other is always fun in such books. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... 'Novels that are genuinely funny are a rare find, and terms like ‘laugh-out-loud’ and ‘hilarious’ are bandied around so often they tend to lose their currency. It means that when a novel like The Greatest Love Story of All Time comes along that really does make you snort and howl with laughter, you’re stymied when it comes to finding new adjectives to describe it. Lucy Robinson has created a genius character in Fran – she’s human, she’s a little bit grubby around the edges, she has a malicious cat, she loves drinking gin and she’s just had her heart broken, very badly indeed. Fortunately, she’s also got some terrific friends who shove her back into the dating game when she’d rather be eating suspect pieces of cheese under the duvet in her misery.I hope you believe me when I tell you The Greatest Love Story of All Time has one of the most exciting and fresh voices I’ve come across in a very, very long time. There’s no doubt Lucy is a significant young talent and for that reason I wanted to write this letter to pick her out from the crowd – and you’ll just have to take me at my word when I tell you this novel is laugh-out-loud funny. Honestly.' Mari Evans, Fiction Publisher, Penguin Books
Sally is an incredible singer but she'd rather join a nudist colony than sing in public. That is until she ventures to New York where a wild summer of love and loss changes her forever. Sally returns home to London, but as she's about to embark on her new life, a beautiful man turns up on Sally's doorstep. Does he hold the truth to what happened in New York? And, with him back on the scene, will she still have the courage to step into the spotlight?
Sometimes you fall in love when you least expect it . . . Charley has worked hard to create a perfect life - she has The Flat. The Job. The Wardrobe. Best of all, her boss has asked her out after seven years' hard flirting and a covert fumble in a mop cupboard. But then she breaks her leg in three places, watches her boss propose to someone else and is forced to hand over her job to her nasty deputy. Workaholic Charley thinks she will soon go mad. Dangerously bored and desperate for something to do, she discovers a talent for helping people who are talentless at internet dating. Then William arrives in her inbox and rocks her world. Helpless, she watches herself fall in love with him and discovers that perhaps she't not exactly who she thought she was. But is she brave enough to turn her back on her old life? And for a total stranger? Fans of Marian Keyes, Rosie Walsh and Sophie Kinsella will love this hilariously funny and gorgeously romantic story. Praise for Lucy Robinson 'The new Marian Keyes . . . romantic and laugh-out-loud hilarious' Cosmopolitan 'We laughed, we cried, we fell in love' Heat 'Fans of Marian Keyes will love Lucy Robinson's giggle-inducing humour and relatable characters' Glamour 'You'll be laughing one minute and crying the next' Lucy Diamond
Available in paperback for the first time, his book demonstrates how the personal became political in post-war Britain, and argues that attention to gay activism can help us to fundamentally rethink the nature of post-war politics. While the Left were fighting among themselves and the reformists were struggling with the limits of law reform, gay men started organising for themselves, first individually within existing organisations and later rejecting formal political structures altogether. Culture, performance and identity took over from economics and class struggle, as gay men worked to change the world through the politics of sexuality. Throughout the post-war years, the new cult of the teenager in the 1950s, CND and the counter-culture of the 1960s, gay liberation, feminism, the Punk movement and the miners' strike of 1984 all helped to build a politics of identity. There is an assumption among many of today's politicians that young people are apathetic and disengaged. This book argues that these politicians are looking in the wrong place. People now feel that they can impact the world through the way in which they live, shop, have sex and organise their private lives. Robinson shows that gay men and their politics have been central to this change in the post-war world. -- .