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A Friend of the Family


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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. Get to know Lisa by joining the official facebook page at or by following her on Twitter @lisajewelluk. And visit her website at Lisa Jewell is in her thirties and was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and their baby girl, Amelie Mae. She worked as a secretary before redundancy, a bet and a book deal took her away from all that. She is the author of four huge bestsellers- Ralph's Party, Thirtynothing, One-Hit Wonder and, most recently, A Friends of the Family.


Three rather spoiled brothers find that sometimes life just isn't fair. Tony London is divorced and overweight. Why can his girlfriend eat anything and not gain an ounce? Sean's fianc?e is pregnant. He wants to go to a club, and Millie claims to be tired! "Sean's sympathy reserves were being rapidly drained. I mean, how exhausting could it actually be, carrying a small cluster of cells around inside you?" Ned has just returned from Australia, where he dumped his mentally ill girlfriend. Unfortunately, she's not taking it well and has been sending Ned packets of her hair and toenail clippings. And who's this guy sleeping in his bed in his parents' house? Why, that's Gervase, the lodger, a man Ned's mother met in a bar and brought home. And if the reader isn't driven as mad as Ned's ex by all the whining the London brothers do, they can follow along as Gervase dispenses sound advice and solves everyone's problems before moving on, rather like Mary Poppins in a black leather jacket. The occasional humor here doesn't compensate for shallow characters, an unbelievable plot, and facile happy ending. Jewell is the author of One-Hit Wonder.-Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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 *

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