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The Best Things: The joyous Sunday Times bestseller to hug your heart (Hardback)

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'I enjoyed it HUGELY. A real treat' MARIAN KEYES

'A brilliant cast of characters and properly funny!' GRAHAM NORTON

'Funny and fresh. No soggy bottoms here' CLARE MACKINTOSH


Sally Parker is struggling to find the hero inside herself.

All she wants to do is lie down.

Her husband Frank has lost his business, their home and their savings, in one fell swoop. Their bank cards are being declined. The children are running wild. And now the bailiffs are at the door.

What does an ordinary woman do when the bottom falls out?

Sally Parker is about to surprise everybody. Most of all herself.



'A warm contemporary fable bursting with colourful characters and comic energy' DAILY MAIL

'Exactly like Mel herself: engaging, uproarious and gleeful. A stonking good read' JO BRAND

'This book is a riot! Delicious in its detail' SOPHIE KINSELLA

'A warm, honest and humorous look at a family and what really matters in life. Brimming with hilarious scenes, it is also a redemptive book, and one of hope' WOMAN & HOME

'Wonderfully warm and uplifting, full of unforgettable characters and so much heart' RICHARD ROPER


'This book is everything I would have expected from the wonderful Mel Giedroyc. Funny and touching*****'

'A well written, warm hug of a read. Something much needed in these days of doom and gloom'

'I could hear Mel reading this book! Terrific characters. Very entertaining *****'

'A lovely, warm cuddle of a book'

'One of the best things I've read this year. Please read it *****'

'I felt like Mel was reading this into my ear. I was left with the warm fuzzys at the end****'

'Would make a brilliant film or sitcom. The Parker family are a chaotic, loveable bunch'

'I zipped through it with many an accompanying titter, the occasional chortle and the odd unladylike snort. A nice piece of escapism, so needed at this time ****'

'Warm, interesting, clever and funny, as well as poignant at times. A brave heroine, a cast of strong characters and a page-turner of a story *****'

'Glorious storytelling, this is a rich comedic feast of domesticity. Excellent characters. Kept me gripped throughout. *****'

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Health & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyFamily & relationshipsHumour Publisher: Headline Publishing Group Publication Date: 01/04/2021 ISBN-13: 9781472256218  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Mel Giedroyc has been entertaining the nation for nearly thirty years. A comedian, writer, actor and presenter, Mel is best known for her work with Sue Perkins in the double act Mel & Sue. They have presented many TV shows such as multi Bafta-winning The Great British Bake Off (BBC) and Light Lunch (Channel 4). Mel has written two non-fiction books and has appeared in sitcoms and panel shows, as well as on radio and on stage, most notably in Stephen Sondheim's Olivier Award-winning Company in the West End. Mel and Sue reunited in comedy drama Hitmen for Sky TV. Mel lives in London with her husband and two daughters. The Best Things is Mel Giedroyc's first novel.

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Customer Reviews

It has to be said that I was rather excited about this one - and sorely disappointed. Sally Parker and her family are rich. When her husband loses all their money and life begins to fall apart, she knows that she should be the strong one who holds her family together - but how does she manage that when she can't even hold herself together. As life around them crumbles, so does Sally - can she find her inner strength? I expected great things for this book - not least a few good laughs according to the celebrity quotes peppering the blurb, but it wasn't to be. Having just finished reading a book where poverty loomed large, I immediately found myself annoyed at the vast sum of money and benefits give to the au pair. I didn't identify with Sally at all and whilst I'm no prude and don't object to bad language in it's place, the characters in this one all came across as thinking of themselves as a class above everyone else on the planet and tended to show their disdain by swearing - continually. I didn't feel empathetic towards any of the characters and it was a chore to read, instead of the pleasure it should be. It struck me as a rich person's story with rich people's problems and it just didn't resonate with me at all. Not one I would recommend at all and I'm struggling to give it the two stars I've struggled to muster.

- 01/04/2021
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