Bella Pollen was brought up in the USA before moving to England. Formerly a fashion designer, she now writes full time and lives in London with her husband and four children. Pan published her first novel, All About Men, in 1998. B Movies, Blue Love is Bella's second novel.
May 2011 Book of the Month. A compelling and moving story yet one that is a wonderfully written part spy-thriller and part ghost story. Shifting between East and West Germany and the Outer Hebrides the story of coming to terms with loss is narrated by each character in turn, including the bear!
I like her style, her wit and her pace. The ending was a bit of a cop-out (see what you think) but it was certainly worth getting there. Arizona, illegal immigrants, an English family in the middle of nowhere, lots of emotional entanglements and full of the unexpected. I enjoyed it a lot. Her Hunting Unicorns was one of the early Richard and Judy Book Club choices, also highly recommended.Similar this month: None but try Adrienne Dines.Comparison: Leif Enger, Nicholas Evans, Joshilyn Jackson.
Bella shot to fame when Richard and Judy chose her Hunting Unicorns as one of their Book Club titles last year. This has the same lovely writing but is very different being about a girl who manages a cinema, has an actor boyfriend whose suddenly doing well and suffering from lack of confidence. Itâ€™s a fun read for film buffs as well as romantics.Comparison: Lisa Jewell, Susan Fletcher, Isla Dewar.Similar this month: Sarah Jackman, Jill Mansell.
Growing up the middle child of transatlantic parents-her English Rose mother and cowboy boot-loving father-Bella Pollen never quite figured out how to belong. Restlessly crossing back and forth between the boundaries of family and freedom, England and America, home and away, she has sought but generally failed to contain an adventurous spirit within the confines of conventional living. When she awakes one morning in an existential panic, Pollen grudgingly concludes that in order to move forward, she needs to take a good look at her past. In Meet Me in the In-Between, Pollen takes us on the uproarious journey of a life, from her privileged, unorthodox childhood in Upper Manhattan through early marriage to a son of an alluring Mafioso, to the dusty border towns of Mexico where she embarks on a border crossing with some Pink Floyd-loving smugglers. Throughout all, Bella grapples intently with relationships, motherhood, career ups and downs, and a pathological fear of being boxed in. Interwoven with exquisite original illustrations by the award-winning Kate Boxer, this is a tender, funny, and poignantly honest story of one woman's quest to keep looking for the extraordinary in an ordinary life. Reminiscent of Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and Pam Houston's Cowboys are my Weakness, novelist Bella Pollen has created an endearingly naughty and intoxicatingly humorous, dead-on look at what it means to be a modern woman.
American Maggie Monroe is a journalist for New York's hard-hitting current affairs show Newsline. Independent and fearless, the more cutting-edge the story, the happier she is. But when her next assignment turns out to be an in-depth documentary on the decline of England's ruling classes, she's furious at being sent to cover a bloody tea party. Meet the Earl and Countess of Bevan, eccentric, maddening and with family secrets to hide. Meet Daniel Bevan - their eldest son. Funny, attractive and hopelessly alcoholic. Meet Daniel's responsible brother Rory - angry, self-mocking and strictly teetotal. When Maggie discovers Rory to be an uninvited chaperone on the first stop of her journey the two look set to clash. Maggie finds herself torn between her journalist ideals and coming to terms with a greater understanding. This unlikely romantic comedy paints an endearing portrait of a family, which like so many others, holds itself together despite its evident frailties. 'Hilariously accurate . . . A gifted writer with a pithy, poetic style' Wendy Holden, Daily Mail