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Stand-up comedian and now broadcaster with her second novel, a black comedy full of acerbic humour as two families fall apart on holiday in Italy. A clever, cynical, well-observed take on modern marriage, Joanna Trollope with bite.
Comparison: Joanna Trollope, Amanda Brookfield, Jennifer Weiner.
Similar this month: None, but try Veronica Henry or Sarah Jackman.
Meet the Dobsons and the Jamiesons: two ordinary families on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Joe Dobson left his wife and kids when his young girlfriend Nina discovered she was pregnant. Now he feels like a cliché and Nina feels like a drudge, swapping her wild nights out with friends for mild nights in wiping baby sick off the carpet. So when Joe announces that he’s booked a week’s luxury holiday in Italy, Nina is thrilled – until she realises Joe’s kids Saul and Tabitha are coming along for the ride.
Meanwhile Guy Jamieson is sure this will be his last family holiday; he plans to leave his wife Alice on his return. Guy is a high-powered advertising director, and Alice – with her elasticated skirts, inedible mince suppers and unshaven legs – just doesn’t fit his image. But Alice has a secret plan of her own: to have another baby…
Funny, smart and refreshingly honest, HAVING A LOVELY TIME is all about infidelity, jealousy, resentment, recriminations and, just occasionally, love.
Closing date: 04/10/2020
'A funny, cleverly observed tale of modern family life, love and adultery' New Woman
'Attacks the myth of happy families with characteristic acerbic humour ... a good, light read, with some brutally funny lines' Observer
'A heartbreaking yet funny read' Heat
'Honest and raucously funny' Glamour
‘A must-buy book’ Company
Publication date: 07/07/2005
Publisher: Time Warner Books
|Publication date:||7th July 2005|
|Publisher:||Time Warner Books|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Jenny Éclair is one of the most successful performers on the comedy stand-up circuit, the sole female winner of the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival, and regularly appears on BBC Radio.More About Jenny Eclair