Onetime soap star Rachel lives in hope of decent work instead of being cast in TV ads. As she dreams of escape and a less complicated love life, other people's dramas play out in her front room.
A bit of Direct Action eases her conscience until things go horribly wrong. But there's no such thing as bad publicity...
‘It reads like a British ‘Sex and the City’; it’s a satire on modern London life and contains moments of pure comedy.’
‘Where’s the film, where’s the TV series? The dialogue sparkles, Rachel says things that we all think but are too timid to express and the description is wonderful. It’s like one big long glorious rant with a few in-breaths!’
‘Amanda Nicol writes with love… A love of life, a love of people, a gentle regard for the oddities of living. The story is based around Rachel, an actress who is currently not working, but who has been a star in a soap, and it is narrated by Rachel in the first person and in the present tense, which gives it a great feeling of immediacy. One feels that one is living alongside her, that one knows her intimately and knows her every thought. There is an intricate web of plot and subplots involving her friends and neighbours, the people she works with or has worked with, the people she goes to bed with, and the whole thing rushes along in a chatty, gently humorous and engaging way. It is also a commentary on modern day living in a big city, on the pressures put on women by advertising, on the pressure of finding work in a crowded field, and on the sheer ridiculousness of advertising itself. I recommend this book to people of any age and either sex.’
‘The book is extremely well written, in the first person, and the swirling plot allows for numerous diversions into musing on modern life that add bite and contemporary relevance to the narrative.’
‘Bridget with brains.’
‘Funny, feisty, feminist fiction.’
‘I read this book in two sittings…overnight and sleep got in the way. I fell into it at once and was carried along by the intelligent writing, the humour, satire and human frailty. I felt a relationship with the totally believable people inhabiting the thoroughly enjoyable 275 pages. I like a book you can see in your head like a film, and hear the voices of the people in it, something that makes you unexpectedly burst into laughter like a when witty friend’s observation will catch you unawares. I recommend it to anyone who has made some suspect choices in their life, not always got it right and maybe has some conflicting morals…You will enjoy finding an ally in Rachel and her friends and neighbours.’
‘The author is right in that yes, the battle these days that most women face is dealing with the contradictions their lives present i.e. we want to be considered attractive, without feeling like we are betraying ourselves or giving in to media pressure. When you have a home and a job it is hard to complain yet, we are still unsatisfied!’
‘This book is likely to be read by women since it has a female protagonist – sad but true! It should appeal to a metropolitan audience given its accurate depiction of London, and its sophisticated depiction of the media may attract readers who would be unlikely to read literary fiction otherwise.’
‘It is difficult to think of exact literary fellows for a novel of this kind that crosses literary boundaries with impunity, but the strong first-person narrative calls to mind books such as ‘White Oleander’ by Janet Fitch.’