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How Was It For You by Carmen Reid
  

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Abandoning the urban rat-race for organic strawberry growing, Pamela and Dave have their problems and then Pamela’s lusts get the better of her. I really loved this, it is such an addictive read. Astute, sensitive and light, she’s so good. Do read her first, Three in a Bed, too, it’s a gem.

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How Was It For You by Carmen Reid

Five years of IVF still haven’t brought Pamela and Dave the baby they long for. Their marriage is now so rocky, they need hiking boots and ice picks just to negotiate dinner. So they probably shouldn’t be moving out of

London for office-bound softie Dave to follow his dream of running an organic strawberry farm. Especially as out there in the countryside is devastatingly handsome farmer, Lachlan Murray.

While Dave takes up weeding and becomes obsessed with manure, Pamela wonders if she should escape to Lachlan’s 4x4. Although there is Lachlan’s wife, Rosie, to consider. Her London friends think she’s gone insane, but they don’t know just how far Pamela is prepared to go for a baby.

How Was it For You? is a wildly entertaining novel of sex life, country life, strawberries and cream.


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Cleverer than the average and much more entertaining too Heat (Up All Night) Her previous bestsellers were only a delicious taste of how brilliantly she can tell a story Daily Record (How Was it For You?) Full of love, hope and a dash of sadness, it's a great summer read Sunday Mirror (Did the Earth Move?) An entertaining and insightful tale of a 21st century working motherhood with a bittersweet edge Cosmopolitan (Three in a Bed)


About the Author

Carmen Reid

Carmen Reid was our Guest Editor in February 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Carmen Reid was born and brought up in a chilly and windy corner of Scotland in the depths of the countryside.

This may explain her lifelong phobia of cows and abiding interest in cities, department stores, books, the cinema and newspapers.

Her parents still live on the organic farm she grew up on and she goes back regularly to eat the alarmingly healthy home-grown meals which probably turned her into a 6" lass.

She spent four teenage years at a girls' boarding school in Edinburgh (yes, just like the one in Secrets at St Jude's!) where she read her way through the school library. Favourite subjects: English, German, French and Spanish.

After school, she went to study English Literature at University College, London, though her fashion sense will remain "Edinburgh-with-an-edge" forever.

Being a student in London was fantastic - she even paid a few bills with modelling jobs. After uni, she went back to Scotland to work as a local newspaper reporter: a brilliant job for anyone planning a career as an author.

London kept calling and she was soon back working for news agencies then a national tabloid. She has interviewed many famous (and often unwilling) people but was especially dazzled by Hugh Grant (even better looking in real life!), Rupert Everett and Elle Macpherson.

Knowing deep down that she was supposed to be an author not a journo, she left her day job to have a baby and write her first novel. (Hey, and just a few sleepless, penniless years later it was published!)

Although there is a corner of her heart that will always belong to London (and she still knows all the streets like a cabbie) Carmen now lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Thomas, her two lovely children, Jimmy the Jack Russell and the (now sadly) two goldfish. She writes full-time and is aiming to have four new books out in 2011.

Fortunately her hobbies include laundry, cooking, cleaning, arguing about whose turn it is to walk the dog, cleaning the fish tank, doing the school run... and so on.

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Publication date

2nd July 2007

Author

Carmen Reid

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Publisher

Corgi

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552155830

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