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Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie

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Sunday Times Bestseller Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, tired of babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her house and moves to a picture-perfect town, just outside Nice. But life is never as simple as it seems, and when skeletons fall out of several closets, Theresa starts to wonder if life on the French Riviera is quite as nice as it first appeared ...


Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie

Once the hideaway of artists and writers, Bellevue-Sur-Mer is now home to the odd movie star and, as Theresa discovers, a close-knit set of expats. Settling to the gentle rhythm of the seaside, Theresa embraces her new-found friendships and freedom.


'A hugely enjoyable romp of a novel with eccentric characters, a delightful background and a savoury tang of crime' Katie Fforde

'A warm, light-hearted, fast-paced tale that fans of Peter Mayle will enjoy' Joanne Harris

'A very witty novel by a very witty woman. Hugely entertaining' Julian Fellowes

'Utterly delicious in every way' Joanna Lumley

'A sunny, funny debut novel ... a keenly observed, rollicking tale of mature expats reinventing themselves on the French Riviera' Mail on Sunday

'This debut from national treasure actress Celia perfectly captures the colour of ex-pat life and the glitz and glamour of the South of France. A shaft of early summer sunshine, a funny, spirited read' Daily Mail

'It's lots of fun, with adventure at a certain age as its driving force, and sun-kissed recipes as chapter breaks' Sainsbury's Magazine

About the Author

Celia Imrie is an Olivier award-winning and Screen Actors Guild-nominated actress. She is best known for her film roles in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Calendar Girls and Nanny McPhee. On stage, she won Best Actress in a Musical for Acorn Antiques: The Musical and was nominated for Best Actress in Noises Off. Celia Imrie's upcoming films are A Cure for Wellness, Year by the Sea and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, all due for release in 2016. Her autobiography, The Happy Hoofer, was published in 2011.

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Publication date

14th January 2016


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


352 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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