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Having A Lovely Time

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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.

If you like Jenny Eclair you might also like to read books by Judy Astley, Trisha Ashley and Jennifer Weiner.

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Having A Lovely Time by Jenny Eclair

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.


'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

About the Author

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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Publication date

7th July 2005


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Time Warner Books


320 pages


Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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