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Good Eggs

by Rebecca Hardiman

Debut Books of the Month Debuts Family Drama Feel-Good Fiction Humour (fiction) Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on Good Eggs

What a lovely, amusing, and uplifting multi-generational debut this is! Viewed from three different perspectives of the Gogarty’s from gran through to teenager, we see family life in all its wonderful glory. The three distinct views, all linked and sometimes tangled yet separate, make this a readable peek into their relationships. Rebecca Hardiman lets you see possibilities and potential, encourages a connection and made me care about Millie, Kevin and Aideen. I wanted to reach out a hand, offer a warning, give a needed hug. I also smiled, and raised and eyebrow or two as havoc danced hand in hand with pandemonium. 83 year old Millie was a particular favourite of mine, she’s fabulously eccentric and adds just the right note of mischievous humour. Among the lightness, there are some stinging notes to be found too, which ensures this is a fully rich tale with much to discover. Good Eggs is a delightfully friendly and welcoming read, sit back and enjoy!

Liz Robinson

Good Eggs Synopsis

Meet the Gogartys; cantankerous gran Millie (whose eccentricities include a penchant for petty-theft and reckless driving); bitter downtrodden stepson Kevin (erstwhile journalist whose stay-at-home parenting is pushing him to the brink); and habitually moody, disaffected teenage daughter Aideen.

When Gran's arrested yet again for shoplifting, Aideen's rebelliousness has reached new heights and Kevin's still not found work, he realises he needs to take action. With the appointment of a home carer for his mother, his daughter sent away to boarding school to focus on her studies and more time for him to reboot his job-hunt, surely everything will work out just fine. But as the story unfolds - and in the way of all the best families - nothing goes according to plan and as the calm starts to descend into chaos we're taken on a hilarious multiple-perspective roller-coaster ride that is as relatable as it is far-fetched.

Good Eggs is a heady cocktail of that warmth and wit of Marian Keyes, Caitlin Moran and TV's Derry Girls.

Good Eggs Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

An enjoyable, heartwarming take on a dysfunctional family life. Full review

Rachael Anderson

Family Fun! I thought it was well written and kept me intrigued, will definitely be looking for future work from this author. Full review

Cheryl Watson

A light-hearted read that was ideal for these difficult times as it took me to another place and time. Full review

Helen Bennett

Good Eggs Press Reviews

Fresh, funny and irresistibly good humoured - the perfect lockdown read to put a big happy smile on your face! This gem has bestseller written all over it. -- Claudia Carroll - Claudia Carroll

The novel is sheer delight, from the moment we meet the prickly, fabulous Millie Gogarty until her final surprise on the last page. What a pleasure to be immersed in the story of a tangled family who you just KNOW are going to come through in the end. I loved Good Eggs! -- Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author Bracing, hilarious, warm, this novel is as wayward and mad as the human heart. -- Judy Blundell, New York Times bestselling author GOOD EGGS is a remarkably clear-eyed and sure-footed debut; pure, unadulterated reading pleasure. Hardiman writes with great warmth, humor, and incisiveness about reinvention and the unique foibles of family. - Jonathan Evison, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author

Good Eggs is a joyous, exuberantly fun-filled novel of second chances. In the Gogartys, Rebecca Hardiman has created a vivid cast of characters whose schemes, adventures and mishaps keep us on the edges of our seats. We can't help but cheer each of them on - especially the exasperating and beguilingly naughty Millie Gogarty - as they untangle the various muddles in which they find themselves. With all their quirks and flaws, this is a family that earns a place in our hearts. An absolute delight from start to finish! -- Sarah Haywood, author of THE CACTUS -

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ISBN: 9781838952747
Publication date: 18/03/2021
Publisher: Atlantic
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838952747
Publication date: 18th March 2021
Author: Rebecca Hardiman
Publisher: Atlantic
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Family Drama, Feel-Good Fiction, Humour, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Rebecca Hardiman

Rebecca Hardiman is a former magazine editor who lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. Good Eggs is her first novel.

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