Sunday, March 29, 2009

This year I've ReaD

A novel by Jenny Colgan

An hilarious novel of office life and personal crisis by the bestselling author of LOOKING FOR ANDREW MCCARTHY and AMANDA'S WEDDING. Arthur thinks he's just another ordinary guy of 31, getting up in the morning to face another ordinary day in an ordinary Midlands town. He evades his girlfriend Fay's latest hints about commitment and babies to leave for work at the council offices, where today, at the latest crazy whim of management, he's expected to reapply for his job as town planner. But, hey, today there's something different about Arthur. Why can't he shake off that strange dream about horses he had last night? And why does the ridiculous psychology test he's given to do appear to be sending him arcane messages? And who really is Gwyneth, the beautiful martinet of a management consultant in charge of the whole charade? Nothing is quite as it seems -- and that includes Arthur. In the course of a short day he defenestrates a photocopier, wrestles his Lynx-scented boss Ross for his job, faces up to Fay -- that is he evades her questions once too often -- and is given a secret mission that will change the life of himself and his motley team.

A novel by Kate Figes

From the celebrated author of the non-fiction bestseller Life After Birth, a novel of life as a menopausal mum, and a teenage dirt bag.

Dear Diary:
It's my 14th birthday tomorrow and I'm going shopping with Mum. I'd rather go with Ruby, Nat, Saskia and Serena but I need her credit card. Mum has put on SOOOOO much weight. If I ever got THAT FAT I'd have to kill myself.And she told me my MY bum looked big!

FROM: SUE SENT: Sat 16th June 22:59 TO: ANGELA JAMES
Ange Darling - Top Shop is living hell! I spent a fortune on Frankie and she hasn't even said Thank You! Next time I'll give her £100 and be done with it. And now the whole gang are downstairs, screaming and hugging each other in front of a vampire movie. They resemble very noisy bees, swarming into the house, depositing trainers and heading straight for the fridge.Mother-daughter relations come under strain during one particularly dramatic year in the life of the Wilcox family. But two very different versions of the same story emerge: through Sue's emails to her sister, and the inimitable voice of 14-year-old Frankie in her diary. Perhaps they have more in common than meets the eye?

A novel by Richard Yates

April and Frank Wheeler are a young, thriving couple living with their two children in a Connecticut suburb in the mid-1950s. Their self-assured exterior masks a creeping frustration at their inability to feel fulfilled in their relationships or careers. Frank is mired in a well-paying but boring office job, and April is a housewife still mourning the demise of her hoped-for acting career. Determined to identify themselves as superior to the mediocre sprawl of suburbanites who surround them, they decide to move to France where they will be better able to develop their true artistic sensibilities, free of the consumerist demands of capitalist America. As their relationship deteriorates into an endless cycle of squabbling, jealousy and recriminations, their trip and their dreams of self-fulfillment are thrown into jeopardy.