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A love story like no other! Perfect for fans of David Nicholls, Jojo Moyes and Richard Curtis films, You, Me and the Movies will leave you crying tears of joy and sadness.

When Arden meets Mac she quickly falls for the handsome, charismatic film lecturer. Their love is the sort you see in movies: dramatic, exciting and all-consuming... and complicated.

A love like theirs could never last.

But years later, whilst visiting a friend in hospital, Arden sees the one face she could never forget. Badly injured, Mac can only make brief references to the classic films they once watched together. Which is all it takes for Arden to remember everything...

Will Arden ever find a movie-worthy love again?


What everyone is saying about You, Me and the Movies:

'Moving and emotional' Eva Woods, bestselling author of How to be Happy

'I LOVED THIS BOOK!! You, Me and The Movies is beautifully crafted, funny, uplifting and guaranteed to leave you smiling!!! This is one of those BIG WONDERFUL books that pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the very last page.' Lauren North, author of The Perfect Betrayal

'It made me laugh, cry and want to watch lots more old movies' *****

'Nostalgic and lovely and just leaves you with a warm feeling' *****

'Pulls you in and doesn't let you go until the very last page' *****

'I can't begin to say how much I LOVED this book. It had me laughing, falling in love and ultimately crying.' *****

'I'm an absolute mess. This is a beautiful novel. Completely unexpected... I was captured by the now and then aspect of the story... I'm off now to re-watch The Way We Were.' *****

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceAdult & contemporary romance Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd Publication Date: 26/12/2019 ISBN-13: 9780552176385  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Fiona Collins grew up in an Essex village and after stints in Hong Kong and London returned to the Essex countryside where she lives with her husband and three children. She has a degree in Film and Literature and has had many former careers including TV presenting in Hong Kong, traffic and weather presenter for BBC local radio and film/TV extra. You can find her on Twitter @FionaJaneBooks.

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Arden Hall is a woman whose has certainly lived. Or has she? When she makes a discovery on a hospital ward it means that everything she has believed needs rethinking. So far, so normal for a novel. What makes this novel standout is the films, the memories that are evoked of a love, a year and a half of loving someone. This is a novel in which entire crucial conversations can take place in films; well known, lingering images in the mind which just hit the spot. Arden has watched The List of films with a special man - Mac - and she can never forget. Laughter and tears, romance and hurt, love and regret, everything is in a novel that keeps the reader enthralled. As it flips from a remembered love to an intense present, this a celebration of film and love. I was delighted to have the opportunity to read and review this entertaining novel. Arden has escaped from an abusive relationship and is in a job which she finds predictable, despite the fact that it is in television. Her son Julian is still close to her, but she has avoided other friendships, even with Becky, who she has known since university. It is on a rare occasion that she agrees to visit another friend when she recognises another patient, Mac Bartley - Thomas. She was eighteen when they originally met, and in alternating chapters she remembers their relationship at Warwick University. It was founded on the films that they watched together, as he was a lecturer in Film Studies. Being badly injured in a road accident has left Mac virtually unable to speak, but at the end of every visit he manages a brief reference to a film on the List they watched. They enjoyed Fatal Attraction, Casablanca, and others, as she comments on the feminist implications as they enjoy their intense meetings. Arden is desperate for their relationship, especially as she struggled with her own family. Her mother has styled herself as “Marilyn” as in Monroe, and is an incredibly demanding woman. Having been named for a character in a Monroe film, Arden has survived her difficult childhood partly through obsessively watching films, and it is partly because of her interest that she targets Mac. As she recalls that happy time, their adventures together and the need for secrecy, she contrasts their affair with her marriage to the controlling Christian, and how she changed as a person. She meets James, a neighbour of Mac’s and begins to enjoy her regular hospital visits, especially as she finds purpose in her life with the reminders of the special films Mac briefly alludes to at the end of each visit. It is the films which provide much of the power to this novel, as each one has special resonance for an aspect of Arden’s life, both then and now. This is a funny, sometimes moving book, which handles both time periods particularly successfully. It is easy to believe in the fashionable student, enjoying an illicit relationship with a married man, and the sad, disappointed woman she has become as a result of relationships which could never replace the first heady love. This is an enjoyable and and entertaining read, and I thoroughly recommend it to those who are fond of twentieth century films as well as sparky romance.

- 05/01/2020
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