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Ralph's Party by Lisa Jewell
  

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Ralph's Party by Lisa Jewell

Meet the residents of 31 Almanac Road ...Ralph and Smith are flatmates and best mates - until, that is, the gorgeous Jemima moves in. And suddenly they're bickering about a lot more than who drank the last beer. Of course, Jem knows that one of them is the man for her - but is it Ralph or Smith? Upstairs, Karl and Siobhan have been happily unmarried for fifteen years - until, that is, Cheri moves into the flat above theirs. Cheri's got her eye on Karl and doesn't see why she should let a little thing like his girlfriend stand in her way ...Sooner or later its all got to come to a head - and what better place for tears and laughter, break ups and make ups than Ralph's party?

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Set in a house of converted flats in London, this is thirty-something light reading with real heart and depth. A new girl moves into the basement flat, coming between old friends. The happy couple in the middle flat are also divided, and the It Girl upstairs is at least partly to blame. The residents
wildly different lives all cross in unexpected ways, throwing up sparks whenever they do. The party where they are finally all gathered in one room is absolutely explosive, a pay off of all the storylines that have played up to this point. Jewell has produced a gem of a story, with genuinely original and credible characters, who all have valid, interesting social observations to make. These neighbours will be with you long after the party is over. (Kirkus UK)

About the Author

Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell had always planned to write her first book when she was fifty. In fact, she wrote it when she was twenty-seven and had just been made redundant from her job as a secretary. Inspired by Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, a book about young people just like her who lived in London, she wrote the first three chapters of what was to become her first novel, Ralph’s Party. It went on to become the bestselling debut novel of 1998. Twelve bestselling novels later, she lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Lisa writes every day in a local cafe where she can drink coffee, people-watch, and, without access to the internet, actually get some work done.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Lisa Jewell by Mary Hogarth.

Photograph © Stephen Simpson/FPG

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Publication date

6th May 1999

Author

Lisa Jewell

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Author's Website

www.lisa-jewell.co.uk/

Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780140279276

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