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The One & Only by Emily Giffin

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A love/loyalty story with American football very much at its centre. We have football coach Carr’s daughter, Lucy, not the least bit interested in her father’s obsession but her best friend Shea completely captivated. She loves the game and has a crush on the coach. She grows up to become a sports journalist. A number of relationships get a bit messy before all is resolved. The publisher would like us to believe we don’t need to love American football to appreciate this but there is a lot of detail about the game so if you do it would certainly enhance your enjoyment of this.

If you like Emily Giffin you might also like to read books by Carmen Reid, Sophie Kinsella and John Grisham.

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The One & Only by Emily Giffin

Shea Rigsby is content enough with her life in the small town of Walker, Texas. She has her dream fangirl job working for Walker's football team, a satisfactory-enough relationship with her boyfriend, and even if maybe she's got the sneaking feeling life is passing her by, she's not quite confident enough to do anything about it. But when the mother of Lucy, Shea's best friend, dies suddenly everything changes. Lucy's father, now a widower, is the town's charismatic football coach, Clive Carr, and Shea's hero since she was a young girl. Coach Carr is now alone as he and Shea grow closer than ever, Shea realises she can't help how she feels ...for the father of her best friend, who's grieving his wife. Thoughtful, intense and brilliantly observed, THE ONE & ONLY is a luminous novel about finding your passion and, most of all, believing in something amazing for yourself: it's the one and only thing that makes life worth living.


'A modern-day Jane Austen.' Vanity Fair

'A dependably down-to-earth storyteller.' New York Times

'Giffin's writing is true, smart, and heartfelt. Entertainment Weekly I absolutely loved it ... I could not put it down.' Marian Keyes on Something Borrowed

'Giffin's talent lies in taking relatable situations and injecting enough wit and suspense to make them feel fresh.' People

'Here's a heroine you'll root for and a book you won't want to put down. I loved it!' Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada on Something Borrowed

Emily Giffin ranks as a grand master ... She has traversed the slippery slopes of true love, lost love, marriage, motherhood, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption that have led her to be called 'a modern-day Jane Austen'. Chicago Sun Times

About the Author

Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin is in her thirties. She graduated from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. She practiced law in New York City for several years before moving to London, where she began writing full time. She now lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children. She is the author of four previous novels: Something Borrowed reached the number 1 spot on The Bookseller Heatseekers’ list with a weekly sale of +6000 copies and the movie – starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin – was released in 2011. Where We Belong is her sixth novel.

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29th January 2015


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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


400 pages


Romantic Fiction
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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