Gosh, what a funny, emotional, romp of a story this is. Lucy begins her tale with the moment she gets arrested for picking up an undercover police officer while trying to find a prostitute for her 20 year old autistic son, her story puffs up hill, and races down dale from there. Kathy Lette has the ability to touch the parts of your heart you didn't even know existed, while tickling your ribs and smacking your opinions at the same time. Lucy’s son Merlin is a delight, his aching vulnerability, paired with his ability to run verbal rings round most people provoked snorts and thoughts. This is deceptively readable, I simply raced through it, however there were times when I stopped and sat in quiet contemplation. I can thoroughly recommend ‘Best Laid Plans’, with pussycat quick wit and playfulness, this is actually a roaring lion of a read. ~ Liz Robinson
TO DO LIST 1) Buy hummus 2) Pay Pilates teacher 3) Find prostitute for son...When it comes to sex, even the best laid plans come unstuck - in the stickiest way possible. As a crossword-addicted English teacher, Lucy never expected to be arrested for kerb-crawling. But her autistic twenty-year-old son Merlin is desperate to lose his virginity, and a prostitute seems like the only option ...only Lucy picks up an undercover policewoman instead. Let off with a suspended sentence, Lucy resigns herself to the fact that her son will never have sex, let alone find love...until the morning she miraculously discovers Merlin in bed with a girl. But is tough, tattooed Kayleigh just taking Merlin for a ride? If so, why? And what has brought Lucy's snake of an ex-husband wriggling back into their lives? As all her best laid plans for Merlin's happiness chaotically unravel, will Lucy ever be able to cut her son's psychological umbilical cord and start to live her own life? And will the funny, quirky and marvellously magical Merlin ever find real love? With plenty of comic twists and emotional turns, Kathy Lette's riotous yet heartrending novel tackles the taboo subject of sex for the 'differently abled' - and shows us that when it comes to sex, we all have special needs...
Closing date: 31/08/2018
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'With her usual mixture of huge heart and humour she rips the stigma out of autism' Ruby Wax
'Deliciously rude and darkly funny, but with compassion and humanity at its heart. Read with relish.' Nicole Kidman
'Kathy Lette can turn from raunchy farce to the most tender emotion in a trice: this unputdownable book wrenches the heart and the laugh muscles with stunning panache.' Stephen Fry
'An important and poignant subject - a mother's search for the perfect girlfriend for her grown-up son with autism - that is also a hilarious and entertaining page- turner, written with Lette's inimitable irreverence, brio and wit.' Jill Dawson
'As her fans will expect and newcomers discover, this tale is perspicacious, pithy and witty. A tale of mother love which will twang your heart strings before you making you laugh out loud.' Sandi Toksvig
Publication date: 13/07/2017
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||13th July 2017|
|Publisher:||Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance,|
Kathy Lette is a celebrated and outspoken comic writer who has an inimitable take on serious current issues. She is one of the pioneering voices of contemporary feminism, paving the way for Caitlin Moran and Lena Dunham. She first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major film and a TV mini-series. After several years as a newspaper columnist and TV sitcom writer in America and Australia, she’s written 11 international bestsellers in her characteristic witty voice, including Mad Cows, How to Kill Your Husband - and ...More About Kathy Lette