Bella Pollen - Author

About the Author

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.
 

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Meet Me in the In-Between

Meet Me in the In-Between

Author: Bella Pollen Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2018

Driven by curiosity and possibility, writer Bella Pollen has always maintained a double life, navigating between a fierce love of family and the yearning for escape until one day, a strange encounter changes everything . . . What does it take to work out who you really are and where you truly belong? From mafia-in-laws to fashion failures to neighbours from hell, Pollen's search for answers is a dazzling and powerful odyssey through the conflicting desires and roles of women in today's confusing world. Interwoven with passages of graphic art by award-winning illustrator Kate Boxer, Meet Me in the In-between is a renegade memoir that takes readers all over the world before bringing them back home again.

Meet Me in the In-Between

Meet Me in the In-Between

Author: Bella Pollen Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2017

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.

Meet Me in the In-Between

Meet Me in the In-Between

Author: Bella Pollen Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2017

Interwoven with exquisite passages of graphic memoir, Meet Me in the In-Between is bestselling author Bella Pollen's surprisingly tender, frequently funny and achingly poignant quest to keep on looking for the extraordinary in an ordinary life. Growing up the middle child of transatlantic parents, Bella Pollen never quite learnt how to belong. Restlessly criss-crossing the boundaries of family and freedom, safety and danger, home and away, she has sought but generally failed to contain an adventurous spirit within the narrow lines of convention - until, finding herself stymied in the in-between, she reluctantly concludes that to move forwards, she must take a good look at her past. Cue a bewitching journey, from her very English childhood in upper Manhattan, through an early marriage to the son of an alluring Italian Godfather, to the dusty border towns of Mexico where she falls in with a band of Pink Floyd-loving smugglers. Throughout all, Pollen grapples with relationships, motherhood, career ups and downs and a pathological fear of being boxed in.

Hunting Unicorns

Hunting Unicorns

Author: Bella Pollen Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2014

Hunting Unicorns is a stylish, screamingly funny, razor-sharp look at the British aristocracy in decline, from Bella Pollen.Adrift in a rapidly changing world, the Bevans cling to tradition while wrestling with taxes, tree blight, and the need to keep the family skeleton firmly in the cupboard.The Earl and Countess of Bevan--charming, mad, and emotionally abbreviated. Daniel, their eldest son--funny, clever, but a hopeless alcoholic. Rory, his younger brother--sometimes moody, often cross, but mostly furious.Enter Maggie, an opinionated and occasionally ferocious American journalist for CBS's hard-hitting current affairs show Newsline. Far happier sending back dispatches from the trenches of war-torn anywhere, Maggie is none too pleased at being forced to research a documentary on the decline and fall of England's upper classes. When these two worlds collide, no one is prepared for the fallout.The story of two brothers with inextricable attachments and one woman with none, Hunting Unicorns is an unlikely romantic comedy that explores loyalty and loss and, ultimately, having the courage to risk everything in the pursuit of what really counts.

The Summer of the Bear A Novel

The Summer of the Bear A Novel

Author: Bella Pollen Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/2012

Best-selling author Bella Pollen's imaginative new novel received stellar reviews in hardcover and was chosen as a Richard & Judy Book Club title. In 1980 Germany, Cold War tensions are once again escalating and a mole is suspected in the British Embassy. So when the clever diplomat Nicky Fleming dies suddenly and suspiciously, it's convenient to brand him the traitor. But was his death an accident, murder, or suicide? As the government investigates Nicky's death, his wife relocates with their three children to a remote Scottish island hoping to save what remains of their family. But the isolated shores of her childhood retreat only intensify their distance between them, and it is the brilliant and peculiar youngest child, Jamie, who alone holds on to the one thing he's sure of: his father has promised to return and he was a man who never broke a promise. When Jamie sets off to explore the island with his teenage sisters, they discover a tamed grizzly bear has been marooned on shore, hiding somewhere among the seaside caves. Jamie believes the bear may have a strange connection to his father, and as he seeks the truth, Nicky's story begins revealing itself in unexpected ways.

Hunting Unicorns

Hunting Unicorns

Author: Bella Pollen Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

The patrician Bevan family clings to British tradition while wrestling with taxes, tree blight, and family skeletons. Rory, the youngest son, runs a business that rents out mansions for weddings and tours to help the owners pay upkeep on their dilapidated estates. Enter Maggie, an American TV journalist hoping to find something disreputable to write home about. Sent to London to do an expose on the aristocracy, she hires Rory to get her access to the most private families. The two immediately clash, bickering until a romance springs up where it seemed least likely. A delightfully funny love story exploring loyalty and family, Hunting Unicorns is ultimately about having the courage to risk everything in the pursuit of what really counts.

Hunting Unicorns

Hunting Unicorns

Author: Bella Pollen Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2004

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

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