Coming to the book with only a vague sense of Leatherhead, I’m now confident I wouldn’t need a satnav to guide me. This leafy, monied town in Surrey, where Giedroyc grew up, is the perfect place to start the story of a privileged family who fall on hard times. In many ways this book is a classic tale of family fortunes gone wrong. It features the tropes we are all familiar with: a materialistic wife with no purpose, an alpha male husband, and pampered children. When their lives take a turn for the worse, how do they cope with life without all the trimmings? Giedroyc’s wit and warmth make this an engaging read, much like the author herself.
Sally Parker's family has lost it all... But can they find what matters? 'I enjoyed it HUGELY. A real treat' MARIAN KEYES *** SHORTLISTED FOR THE COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZE 2021 *** TREAT YOURSELF TO THE DELICIOUSLY WARM SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING NOVEL FROM THE MUCH-LOVED MEL GIEDROYC. 'I enjoyed it so, so much - a brilliant cast of characters and properly funny!' GRAHAM NORTON 'This book is a riot! Delicious in its detail' SOPHIE KINSELLA 'The Best Things is funny and fresh. No soggy bottoms here' CLARE MACKINTOSH 'Exactly like Mel herself: engaging, uproarious and gleeful. A stonking good read' JO BRAND 'A warm, honest and humorous look at a family and what really matters in life. Brimming with hilarious scenes and one-liners, it is also a redemptive book, and one of hope' WOMAN & HOME 'Wonderfully warm and uplifting, full of unforgettable characters and so much heart' RICHARD ROPER 'A warm contemporary fable bursting with colourful characters and comic energy' DAILY MAIL Sally Parker is struggling to find the hero inside herself. All she wants to do is lie down. Her husband Frank has lost his business, their home and their savings, in one fell swoop. Their bank cards are being declined. The children are running wild. And now the bailiffs are at the door. What does an ordinary woman do when the bottom falls out? Sally Parker is about to surprise everybody. Most of all herself. A big-hearted story of a family on the brink, The Best Things is a life-affirming tale of failing, falling and finding a way back up. REAL READERS ADORED AND RELISHED THE BEST THINGS... 'This book is everything I would have expected from the wonderful Mel Giedroyc. Funny and touching*****' 'I could hear Mel reading this book! Terrific characters. Very entertaining *****' 'Some very funny and clever writing. The final chapter might make your eyes leaky *****' 'One of the best things I've read this year. Please read it *****' 'I felt like Mel was reading this into my ear. A very human story. I was left with the warm fuzzys at the end****' 'A comedy that would make a brilliant film or sitcom. The Parker family are a chaotic, loveable bunch' 'I zipped through it with many an accompanying titter, the occasional chortle and the odd unladylike snort. A nice piece of escapism, so needed at this time ****' 'Warm, interesting, clever and funny, as well as poignant at times. A brave heroine, a cast of strong characters and a page-turner of a story *****' 'Glorious storytelling, this is a rich comedic feast of domesticity. Excellent characters. Kept me gripped throughout. It's going to be a big hit *****'
'Why is my hair starting to go as grey as Blake Carrington's? What is our local pub called? Are bootcut jeans still fashionable? These are just some of the questions I'll never answer now I've had my first baby.' With her TV career hitting the skids and her daughter's nappy doing the same every two hours, her husband suddenly unemployed and the bank writing to her only in red, Mel needs to come up with a scheme, and fast: Move to a house they can't afford, of course! Welcome to an endless cabaret of sleeplessness, removal men, sinister toddler groups, husband-stealing lodgers and competitive mums.
'I'm 35 years old. A low-ranking TV personality. Rather immature and carefree, my only responsibility to date has been a guinea pig. All that's about to change. I'm pregnant, and now I've become a cheddar cheese junkie, inseparable from my dungarees. Help!' Who can Mel turn to? Pen, her best friend, who is still annoyingly carefree and single, and whose effect on Mel is like an injection of pure caffeine to the system? Jools, the hippy who recommends basil nosegay for labour pains and placenta pate canapes when entertaining? Amanda, the well-heeled, pregnant-friend-from-Hell who, only weeks after her textbook delivery, is planning to have her firstborn taught to ski? Kate, Mel's sister and mother of two, whose offspring are inclined towards dangerous Captain Hook impersonations and sudden mood swings? Mel's mother, who got Mel through babyhood by way of regular coffee mornings and who impresses on her the importance of portable 1950s baby gear that looks about as foldable as a Transit van? Dan, the dad-to-be, who suddenly stops going to the pub to concentrate on Mel's dietary requirements and has adopted the sinister habit of always keeping a tape measure attached to his belt?