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Handbags And Halos by Bernadette Strachan
  

Handbags And Halos

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Really the most tremendous fun as a pampered theatrical management PA girl juggles two worlds, the celeb life and hands-on charity work in a centre for the homeless. I love the style, affectionately humorous at times, tongue-in-cheek, and then poignantly astute. Itâs got a great twist at the surprising end too. Highly recommended.

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Handbags And Halos by Bernadette Strachan

Nell Fitzgerald worries that her life is shallow and meaningless. She's right - it is. Stricken by an acute pre-mid-life crisis, she's walked out on her boyfriend, moved in with her Knightsbridge grandmother and been forced to assume the role of faux girlfriend to closet gay TV presenter, Blair Taylor, by her boss at the Morgan theatrical agency.

Meet a brand new, loveable leading lady from the author of the 100,000-copy-selling debut "The Reluctant Landlady". Nell Fitzgerald worries that her life is shallow and meaningless. She's right - it is. Stricken by an acute pre-mid-life crisis, she's walked out on her obstreperous boyfriend, moved in with her icy Knightsbridge grandmother and been forced to assume the role of faux girlfriend to closet gay TV presenter, Blair Taylor, by her merciless boss at the Morgan theatrical agency. In a desperate bid to inject a little depth into her existence, Nell enrols at 'Helping Hands' volunteer centre. There the frighteningly grown up coordinator, Phred, looks on in bemusement as a series of mishaps lead her to discover that 'doing good' doesn't offer the immediate rewards she'd bargained for. Can Nell juggle the demands of her two very different worlds as well as her eccentric family, perplexed girlfriends and unexpected feelings for Phred?

Reviews

The Reluctant Landlady is a rare gem: commercial women's fiction it may be but it's certainly not a hot-pink Jones clone. Strachan is the freshest and funniest writer to enter this genre since Lisa Jewell... and this is full of laugh-out-loud moments * Booksellers choice (Waterstones) The Bookseller * . . . for the romantic of heart * Elle magazine on THE RELUCTANT LANDLADY * Bernadette Strachan has ticked all the boxes for her debut novel. . . True love and a happy-ever-after ending? Well, that would be telling * Heat magazine on THE RELUCTANT LANDLADY * '[The] characters are wonderfully written and full of life, and kept me laughing throughout. The plot races along with lots of lovely twists, and the ending is the perfect winter heart-warmer... I think I even preferred it to THE RELUCTANT LANDLADY, which I loved too.' * Fiona Walker * 'Really the most tremendous fun... I love the style, affectionately humorous at times, tongue-in-cheek, and then poignantly astute. Highly recommended.' * Sarah Broadhurst, Lovereading.co.uk * 'A book, which like its heroine, has a heart of gold.' * Marie Claire * 'Fresh, funny and full of romance' * Company * 'It's official: the drought of fresh new chick-lit is over. Bernadette Strachan's second novel is entertaining and lively without a smug-married in sight - hurrah!...The sparkling language and hilarious scenes should keep you enthralled from the very first page... Heaven' * Heat on HANDBAGS AND HALOS *


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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Book Info

Publication date

12th September 2005

Author

Bernadette Strachan

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Author's Website

www.bernadettestrachan.com/

Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback (b Format)
400 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780340831984

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