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A Friend of the Family by Lisa Jewell


A Friend of the Family by Lisa Jewell

Meet the Londons, a family in need of a friend ...Gerry and Bernie London are proud parents of Tony, Sean and Ned, three wayward lads whose lives have suddenly reached crisis points:Newly divorced Tony is fantasizing about someone he really shouldn't; prize-winning novelist Sean's got a hot new girlfriend and a dose of writer's block; and Ned's just back from Australia, without the girl he took with him - or a clue what he's going to do with his life.If that wasn't enough for one household, the Londons also have a new lodger - a mysterious rockabilly called Gervase. Will he turn out to be a friend - or foe - to the family?


This book shows Jewell coming into her prime - both funny and emotionally satisfying * The Times * Terrific stuff: touching, funny and sentient * Sunday Times * A heart-warming page-turner from start to finish . . . Quite possibly her best yet * Heat * Jewell's readability and emotional intelligence make her the cream of pop fiction * Glamour * The perfect summer read * Marie Claire * Jewell's light style can be deceptive; her anatomisation of twenty and thirty-something urban relationships is at times uncomfortably keen . . . It's a lot of fun * Daily Mail * This novel will make you feel warm inside * New Woman * Praise for Lisa Jewell * - * Addictively readable * The Times * A joy . . . a fun summer read * Guardian * The best romantic comedy we've read in ages * Company * Tackles serious issues with humour - proving that chick-lit can be intelligent, interesting and huge fun * Sunday Express * A triumph * Hello * Top marks. Fantastic * Heat * Lovely * Daily Telegraph * Moving and intelligent * Independent * Magnetic, unpretentious and bursting with one-liners * Cosmopolitan * Fans of chick-lit will understand when I say that this is a book you simply disappear into * Sunday Telegraph *

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

30th October 2003


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Penguin Books Ltd


432 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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