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How to Lose a Husband and Gain a Life by Bernadette Strachan

How to Lose a Husband and Gain a Life

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This is such fun, full of incident, full of great characters and smattered with some wonderful one-liners. Ruby, our heroine, is a delightful character with hidden depths despite the fact that she doesn’t believe in herself. Unknowingly she married a trickster and when he gets carted off by the police her life takes a very different turn. A pacy read with lots of heart.

Comparison: Jill Mansell, Katie Fforde, Harriet Evans.

If you like Bernadette Strachan you might also like to read books by Lisa Jewell, Adele Parks and Anna Maxted.

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How to Lose a Husband and Gain a Life by Bernadette Strachan

On the surface, Ruby Gallagher has the perfect life: an adoring husband, Manny, a beautiful home and a luxury lifestyle that involves shopping, holidays and not much else. It's safe, predictable - exactly what she needs after her turbulent past.

Until one day it all collapses as Manny is arrested for fraud. And it seems it's not only his business deals that have been shady - Ruby discovers he's been hiding a mistress and son too. But as her designer lifestyle is repossessed, Ruby dusts herself down and starts again. With the help of some good friends, bad wine and a new business venture, Ruby discovers that she's a lot better off without her husband holding her back. If only he would see it that way . . .

Fabulous characters and a warm and funny story make How to Lose a Husband and Gain a Life unputdownable.


‘An absolute treat. Bernadette Strachan is such a natural, feel-good writer - it’s impossible not to love her characters!’ Louise Candlish

'Warm, funny and witty, How To Lose a Husband and Gain a Life is everything you want from a good book - and in Ruby Gallagher presents you with the kind of lead character you’ll wish you could make your new best friend!' Mike Gayle

‘Bernadette’s novel is so funny, so sharp and such a great read’ Jenny Colgan

About the Author

Bernadette Strachan

Bernadette Strachan was born in Fulham, London and now divides her time between Twickenham, Middlesex and Nashville, Tennessee. Before becoming an author she ran a voice-over agency working with many household names including Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Johnny Vegas, Mariella Frostrup, Kathy Burke and Harry Enfield. Bernadette Gaughan has written for many publications including Chat, Bella, Woman's Own and J17.

Photograph © Matthew Strachan

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2nd April 2009


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