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The Second Life of Sally Mottram by David Nobbs
  

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David Nobbs wrote the popular sit com The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and now nearly forty years on his writing is still as fresh, amusing and astute as ever. Sally Mottram, in her late forties, lives in a depressed, unloved Pennine town, Potherthwaite. After a traumatic incident in her life she goes to stay with her sister in Totnes. Totnes has adopted the Transition movement in order to regenerate pride in the town, make it eco-friendly and more attractive to locals and visitors alike. It even has its own currency for use strictly within the town. Sally returns to Potherthwaite fired with enthusiasm and quickly enthuses many of the inhabitants, first to fight a proposed new supermarket and then to revitalise the town. The book also covers many sensitive topics: obesity, bereavement, teenage love, love in retirement, wealth and poverty. We are given a lot to ponder on in a quite delightful read and kept on tenterhooks right to the end to learn if Sally finds the love of her life.

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Synopsis

The Second Life of Sally Mottram by David Nobbs

The wonderfully entertaining new novel from bestselling author of The Fall and Rise of Reggie Perrin. Long-time Potherthwaite resident Sally Mottram cannot stand the decline of her town. The bookshop is about to close, abandoned buildings line the canal and Potherthwaite's residents seem stuck in a disheartened rut. Something has to be done, but what? And who will do it? When an unexpected tragedy shatters Sally's life, she bravely takes on the task herself. Supported by a group of locals, including thrice-married Marigold Boyce-Willoughby, who is forever looking for love, and married couple Jill and Arnold Buss, who might both be falling for their new neighbours, Sally embarks on her ambition to bring the town back to life. But can one woman rally a whole community to save itself? David Nobbs' much-anticipated new novel is a hilarious, heartwarming tale about what keeps our community spirits alive.

Reviews

Praise for THE FALL AND RISE OF GORDON COPPINGER: 'Brilliant writing from a comic master, I loved it
Rob Brydon

'Pitch-perfect comedy, terrific social satire, excellent writing and a regular supply of cracking jokes - this is David Nobbs on superb form'
DAILY MAIL Praise for David Nobbs:

'We should be thankful for the continuing brilliance of David Nobbs'
MAIL ON SUNDAY

'A delicious entertainment, as comic and sharp as they come'
GUARDIAN

'Probably our finest post-war comic novelist'
Jonathan Coe

About the Author

David Nobbs
David Nobbs was born in Kent. After university, he entered the army, then tried his hand at journalism and advertising before becoming a writer. A distinguished novelist and comedy writer, he lives near Harrogate with his wife Susan.

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Book Info

Publication date

19th May 2014

Author

David Nobbs

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Author's Website

www.davidnobbs.com/
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Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007449989

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