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Laura Kemp - Author

About the Author

Laura Kemp started writing to get out of doing a real job. A journalist for 15 years, she turned freelance after having a baby because she couldn't get out of the house, washed and dressed, until lunchtime at the earliest. A columnist and contributor, she regularly writes for national newspapers and magazines, such as the Daily Mail, and spends too much time on Twitter (@laurajanekemp). Mums Like Us is her first novel, which she hopes will strike a chord with exhausted mums who don't iron either. Married with a son and a neurotic cat, Laura lives in the provinces, where she goes about her business ignorant of what's on-trend until it reaches her town, by which time it's out of fashion. She is currently working on her next novel, Mums On Strike, due out in 2014. To find out more visit her website at www.laura-kemp.com

Featured books by Laura Kemp

Mums on Strike

Mums on Strike

Author: Laura Kemp Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

From the author of Mums Like Us comes a fun, witty novel about what it's like when an ordinary mum has had enough. It is perfect for fans of Pedigree Mum and The Mummyfesto. It was just a squashed grape on the kitchen floor. Hardly a reason to get upset, right? But six years of motherhood has left Lisa Stratton feeling like a skivvy. Every morning before she's opened her eyes, she starts her mental inventory of jobs to do. And just like yesterday, the day before and every day since she became a mum, she's woken up knackered. So when her husband deliberately steps over the grape because it's 'her responsibility' to run the house, it tips her over the edge. He wasn't always like this - they used to share everything. Then the kids came along and he saw it as an excuse to sit back. But this time things are going to change. Lisa has made a decision. She's going on strike.

Mums Like Us

Mums Like Us

Author: Laura Kemp Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Attention, all lardies! Are you sick to death of mum-upmanship at the school gates? Have you had your fill of Mother Superiors who lose their baby weight in six weeks while you're still carrying yours years later? Do you crave the company of like-minded mums who will admit motherhood smells not of roses but of dirty nappies? Well, look no further than Mums Like Us , a weekly group where knackered mums can let rip about kids, husbands and work. So join our rejection of perfection, and fight for 'good enough' parenting. And drink. And lots of cake. Stella Smith Mums Like Us Chairwoman.

Other books by Laura Kemp

Bring Me Sunshine

Bring Me Sunshine

Author: Laura Kemp Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Charlotte Bold is nothing like her name - she is shy and timid and just wants a quiet life. When her job doing the traffic news on the radio in London is relocated to Sunshine FM in Mumbles, she jumps at the chance for a new start in Wales. But when she arrives she discovers that she's not there to do the travel news - she's there to front the graveyard evening show. And she's not sure she can do it. Thrust into the limelight, she must find her voice and a way to cope. And soon she realises that she's not the only person who finds life hard - out there her listeners are lonely too. And her show is the one keeping them going. Can Charlotte seize the day and make the most of her new home? And will she be able to breathe new life into the tiny radio station too...?

The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness

The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness

Author: Laura Kemp Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

'Witty, Warm, and Wonderful. I loved it!' Milly Johnson Sometimes all it takes to make the world a better place is a small act of kindness... 'A truly wonderful and heartwarming read' Heidi Swain 'I loved it' Clare Mackintosh The perfect feel-good read for fans of Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan When Ceri Price arrives in the small seaside village in West Wales, she only means to stay for a couple of nights - long enough to scatter her mother's ashes, and then go back to her life as a successful make-up entrepreneur.But when a case of mistaken identities means she lands a job as the barmaid in the local pub, she unexpectedly finds friendship, and perhaps a chance at love. But when the plans for a new housing estate put the local woodland under threat, she fears the way of life here could disappear. Then mysterious acts of kindness start springing up around the village - a string of bunting adorns the streets, a new village signpost appears out of nowhere and someone provides paint to spruce up the houses on the seafront. Who is behind these acts of kindness and can they help in the race to save the village from the faceless developers...? Welcome to the Village of Love. Where friendship flourishes and love blossoms... ********* Readers are loving this gorgeously feel-good uplifting novel: 'An absolute joy. Five stars' Isabelle Broom, Heat 'Heartwarming, wise, funny and romantic...this is a delight' Rachael Lucas, bestselling author of Wildflower Bay 'A truly wonderful and heartwarming read' Heidi Swain, Sunday Times bestselling author of Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair 'I absolutely loved it!' Cathy Bramley, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Lemon Tree Cafe 'A perfect feel-good read that will lift your spirits no end' The Sun 'An adorable life-affirming book' Rowan Coleman 'This wonderfully warm, funny and inspirational story from Laura Kemp will have you cheering from first page to last. It's the kind of book that rekindles your hope in good things. I loved it!' Miranda Dickinson 'I have completely and utterly fallen in love with this book; with the characters, the setting and the wonderfully written story. Beautifully brilliant. I love this book. Five stars'. Anne, Random Things Through My Letterbox 'This really is a wonderful book. With fabulous characters and a beautiful setting. This book will make you want to spread your own acts of kindness and make the lives of people that you meet just that little bit better. Absolutely loved it. Five stars.' Karen, Goodreads reviewer 'A beautiful book...I loved it...you can't help but feel better about life once you have read it. It puts a smile on your face. It is uplifting, shares the best of human kindness and makes you appreciate that life is so much more than material possessions. It really is a feel-good book, that is perfect for those cold winter evenings. Five stars.' Jo, Goodreads reviewer 'A very entertaining, page-turning book, that was just that little bit different character-wise, and with a lovely ending. Very enjoyable.' Claire, Goodreads reviewer 'I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it as a cosy sit by the fire with a cuppa read, and I defy you to try reading it without the sound of the lovely welsh voices in your head.' Lorraine, Goodreads reviewer

Whatever Happened to Vicky Hope's Back Up Man?

Whatever Happened to Vicky Hope's Back Up Man?

Author: Laura Kemp Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2017

'Read this book while on holiday - and loved it! I would highly recommend!' RACHEL ABBOTT. A funny, feel-good coming-of-age novel which asks if the past can ever be part of your future. Twenty-one and insecure, Vicky Hope comes up with a plan on the eve of travelling the world with her high-flying friend, Kat Lloyd: if she isn't married by the time she's thirty, she'll marry her geeky best mate Mikey Murphy. Fast-forward eight-and-a-bit years, Vicky, now Vee wakes up on her thirtieth birthday in Brighton, expecting a proposal of marriage from her arty boyfriend Jez. Instead he tells her their relationship is over and she has no choice but to return to her parents' home. Devastated and alone in her childhood bedroom, she decides she has nothing to lose and tracks down her two old mates. With shock, she discovers Mikey, now Murphy, is a successful app designer driven by his tragic upbringing. Kat, or Kate, never made it - but she hides a devastating secret, which threatens the happiness of all three. What people are saying about WHAT HAPPENED TO VICKY HOPE'S BACK UP MAN? 'Gorgeous! Funny, clever, romantic and real, it's brilliant' RACHAEL LUCAS 'A delightful story of lasting friendship & first love' 'I enjoyed every page' 'A read full of love, laughter and tears. The kind of book that lingers in the mind' 'Get a cuppa, get on the sofa, and settle down to a good old entertaining story!'

Late Blossoming of Frankie Green

Late Blossoming of Frankie Green

Author: Laura Kemp Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

'Witty, warm and wise with the funniest one-liners - totally loved every page. Laura Kemp delivers another winner' MILLY JOHNSON. 'Warm, funny, sweet *and* spicy, what a fab read' LUCY DIAMOND. 'A warm-hearted, laugh-out-loud story of the things we do (or don't do) in pursuit of love. Sexy, witty and wise, with moments that will steal your heart, prepare to fall for Frankie Green!' MIRANDA DICKINSON. A laugh-out-loud, feel good, romantic comedy, which will take you on an enlightening emotional rollercoaster. Perfect for the fans of Sophie Kinsella and Jane Costello. Frankie Green's happy ever after is put on hold when her childhood sweetheart husband complains things are boring in bed. When he asks for some space, she sets out to win him back by getting herself a sex education. Little does she know that her hilarious, tender and embarrassing journey of enlightenment is going to change everything... A story full of humour, heartache and happiness, of friendship, coming of age and overcoming insecurity. What readers are saying about The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green: 'One of the most funniest books I have ever read' 'An easy, light-hearted, perfect summer read that you won't want to put down' 'Grabbed my attention from the start' 'Chick lit at its best ... definitely worth reading' Laura Kemp's latest novel, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VICKY HOPE'S BACK UP MAN? is out now! Search: 9781784977009.

Mums on Strike

Mums on Strike

Author: Laura Kemp Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

From the author of Mums Like Us comes a fun, witty novel about what it's like when an ordinary mum has had enough. It is perfect for fans of Pedigree Mum and The Mummyfesto. It was just a squashed grape on the kitchen floor. Hardly a reason to get upset, right? But six years of motherhood has left Lisa Stratton feeling like a skivvy. Every morning before she's opened her eyes, she starts her mental inventory of jobs to do. And just like yesterday, the day before and every day since she became a mum, she's woken up knackered. So when her husband deliberately steps over the grape because it's 'her responsibility' to run the house, it tips her over the edge. He wasn't always like this - they used to share everything. Then the kids came along and he saw it as an excuse to sit back. But this time things are going to change. Lisa has made a decision. She's going on strike.

Mums Like Us

Mums Like Us

Author: Laura Kemp Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Attention, all lardies! Are you sick to death of mum-upmanship at the school gates? Have you had your fill of Mother Superiors who lose their baby weight in six weeks while you're still carrying yours years later? Do you crave the company of like-minded mums who will admit motherhood smells not of roses but of dirty nappies? Well, look no further than Mums Like Us , a weekly group where knackered mums can let rip about kids, husbands and work. So join our rejection of perfection, and fight for 'good enough' parenting. And drink. And lots of cake. Stella Smith Mums Like Us Chairwoman.