April 2012 Debut of the Month.
Poor jilted TV producer, Fran, is persuaded by her cameraman friend Dave, to go on eight dates in the three month split that her old boyfriend requested they have. Well, it is certainly more interesting than sitting about moping so we join the trials and tribulations for the ensuing muddle as Mr Right is sought and inevitably found ... I'm not telling you who he is but you'll guess pretty early on. Finding out how they discover each other is always fun in such books.
A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher...
'Novels that are genuinely funny are a rare find, and terms like ‘laugh-out-loud’ and ‘hilarious’ are bandied around so often they tend to lose their currency. It means that when a novel like The Greatest Love Story of All Time comes along that really does make you snort and howl with laughter, you’re stymied when it comes to finding new adjectives to describe it.
Lucy Robinson has created a genius character in Fran – she’s human, she’s a little bit grubby around the edges, she has a malicious cat, she loves drinking gin and she’s just had her heart broken, very badly indeed. Fortunately, she’s also got some terrific friends who shove her back into the dating game when she’d rather be eating suspect pieces of cheese under the duvet in her misery.
I hope you believe me when I tell you The Greatest Love Story of All Time has one of the most exciting and fresh voices I’ve come across in a very, very long time. There’s no doubt Lucy is a significant young talent and for that reason I wanted to write this letter to pick her out from the crowd – and you’ll just have to take me at my word when I tell you this novel is laugh-out-loud funny. Honestly.'
Mari Evans, Fiction Publisher, Penguin Books
It's Fran's thirtieth birthday and things are good. She's bluffed her way into a Very Posh Job and her outlandishly handsome and talented boyfriend Michael is escorting her to the Ritz with a bulge the shape of a ring box in his pocket.
But something has gone wrong. Very wrong. By the end of the evening Fran is howling in bed with a bottle of cheap brandy and one of Michael's old socks.
In her quest to figure out why her life has suddenly gone down the pan, Fran comes up with a failsafe plan: live like a badger, stalk a stranger called Nellie and cancel her beloved Gin Thursdays in favour of drinking gin every night. But then Fran's friends force a very different plan on her and it's nowhere near as fun. How could eight dates possibly make her feel better?
But eventually she agrees. And so begins the greatest love story of all time....
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||12th April 2012|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Lucy Robinson is the author of The Greatest Love Story of All Time, A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger and The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me. Lucy worked in theatre and then television documentaries before starting a blog for Marie Claire about her laughably unsuccessful foray into the world of online dating. She did not meet a man during this time but she did become a novelist: every cloud has a silver lining. She now lives in Bristol with her partner, The Man, whom she met when she took off to Buenos Aires to become a bohemian ...More About Lucy Robinson