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Kathy Lette is a celebrated and outspoken comic writer who has an inimitable take on serious current issues. She is one of the pioneering voices of contemporary feminism, paving the way for Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham.
She first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major film and a TV mini-series. After several years as a newspaper columnist and TV sitcom writer in America and Australia, she’s written 11 international bestsellers in her characteristic witty voice, including Mad Cows, How to Kill Your Husband - and Other Handy Household Hints (staged by the Victorian opera) and The Boy Who Fell to Earth. She is known for her regular appearances on BBC and Sky news programmes. She is an ambassador for Women and Children First, Plan International, the White Ribbon Alliance and the NAS.
Kathy Lette lives in London with her husband, her autistic son (the actor Julius Robertson) and daughter, and can often be found at The Savoy drinking a cocktail named after her. Kathy is an autodidact (a word she taught herself), but has honorary doctorates from Southampton Solent and Wollongong Universities and a Senior Fellowship from Regent’s College.
Author photo © Neil Cooper, Good Housekeeping
Gosh, what a funny, emotional, romp of a story this is. Lucy begins her tale with the moment she gets arrested for picking up an undercover police officer while trying to find a prostitute for her 20 year old autistic son, her story puffs up hill, and races down dale from there. Kathy Lette has the ability to touch the parts of your heart you didn't even know existed, while tickling your ribs and smacking your opinions at the same time. Lucy’s son Merlin is a delight, his aching vulnerability, paired with his ability to run verbal rings round most people provoked snorts and thoughts. This is deceptively readable, I simply raced through it, however there were times when I stopped and sat in quiet contemplation. I can thoroughly recommend ‘Best Laid Plans’, with pussycat quick wit and playfulness, this is actually a roaring lion of a read. ~ Liz Robinson
In court, Tilly finds herself up against Jack Cassidy, the smooth-talking, politically incorrect, legal love god who broke her heart at law school. Jack is fluent in three languages - English, sarcasm and flirtation...but if he's so loathsome, then why is she committing Acute Lust in the 3rd degree? When a case lands on the doorstep that threatens to change all their lives, Tilly finds herself dangerously close to taking the law into her own hands...Will Jack's cunning ways and expertise in emotional break and enter derail her quest for justice? Or will the women take on the boys...and win?
Tilly has the day from hell when she's sacked from her barristers' chambers in the morning, then finds her husband in bed with her former best friend in the afternoon. She escapes to her mother, Roxy - a sassy solicitor whose outrageous take on men, work and family life is the despair of her more conventional daughter. Roxy comes up with a radical plan for their future - they'll set up an all-female law firm which will only champion women who have been cheated, put upon, attacked, ripped off or ruined by the men in their lives. In court, Tilly finds herself up against Jack Cassidy, the smooth-talking, politically incorrect, legal love god who broke her heart at law school. Jack is fluent in three languages - English, sarcasm and flirtation ...but if he's so loathsome, then why is she committing Acute Lust in the 3rd degree? When a case lands on the doorstep that threatens to change all their lives, Tilly finds herself dangerously close to taking the law into her own hands...Will Jack's cunning ways and expertise in emotional break and enter derail her quest for justice? Or will the women take on the boys ...and win?
Meet Merlin. He's Lucy's bright, beautiful son - who just happens to be autistic. Since Merlin's father left them in the lurch, Lucy has made Merlin the centre of her world. Struggling with the joys and tribulations of raising her adorable yet challenging child (if only Merlin came with operating instructions), Lucy doesn't have room for any other man in her life. By the time Merlin turns ten, Lucy is seriously worried that the Pope might start ringing her up for tips on celibacy, so resolves to dip a toe back into the world of dating. Thanks to Merlin's candour and quirkiness, things don't go quite to plan...Then, just when Lucy's resigned to singledom once more, Archie - the most imperfectly perfect man for her and her son - lands on her doorstep. But then, so does Merlin's father, begging for a second chance.
When Jane decides to move to the Australian outback in search of a husband, her sister Anthea thinks she's mad. But then again, the sisters have never seen eye-to-eye. Anthea is slim, beautiful and has a perfect life and fiance. Jane has always felt like the ugly duckling in comparison. But when Anthea follows her sister Down Under to try and save Jane from this latest crazy plan, she ends up taking a walk on the wild side herself.
The queen of the one-liners does it again with a tale that bowls along at great speed. She is such fun even when tackling meaty family problems, here centring on a marriage breakdown and child custody. It’s a good story told with flair – a real page-turner. Comparison: Lisa Jewell, Jane Green, Jenny Éclair.
The story of three women and their unsatisfactory marriages. Kathy has a sharp, witty style all her own. Full of one-liners, clever asides and a very modern take on life, she has created scenarios where the three sassy friends tread on their men with venom. With a good, fast-moving plot that covers a year of scheming and manipulation, this is pacy stuff with plenty of incident and a tongue-in-cheek wisdom. She is a chuckle a page if you like your humour a tad bitter.Comparisons: Jenny Eclair, Alexandra Potter, Sue Townsend.