Having A Lovely Time

by Jenny Eclair

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on Having A Lovely Time

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.

Sarah Broadhurst

Having A Lovely Time Synopsis

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.

Having A Lovely Time Press Reviews

'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

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ISBN: 9780751536058
Publication date: 07/07/2005
Publisher: Time Warner Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780751536058
Publication date: 7th July 2005
Author: Jenny Eclair
Publisher: Time Warner Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Jenny Eclair

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.

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