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Some Kind of Wonderful Hardcover – 15 December 2017
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- Publisher : Michael Joseph; 1st edition (15 December 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405924861
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405924863
- Dimensions : 14.33 x 3.38 x 22.25 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 853,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Fletcher's writing is as wonderfully readable as ever, and the plot engaging, witty and heartbreaking (i)
An empowering read (Woman's Weekly)
A fun read with a big dose of girl power (Sun)
A MUST-READ. Funny, heartwarming (Closer)
Warm-hearted, with a heroine to cheer for (Sunday Mirror)
Full of spirit and fun (Sunday Express)
A sharp, funny novel about a woman returning (unwillingly) to a single life (Reader's Digest)
Praise for Giovanna Fletcher (-)
Saucy, fun and full of heart. This book ticked every one of our must have boxes (Heat)
From the Publisher
"I love people watching and making backstories for those I come across"
What is your earliest reading memory?
I can remember I always had a book in my hand. When my family were gathered around the TV watching soaps, I'd be sat reading – even if I wasn't allowed to put a lamp on and had to make do with the glare from the TV screen instead. I really fancied myself as a little Matilda – although I never did manage to make a pencil roll across my desk, no matter how long and hard I stared at it.
What are your inspirations?
Life is my main inspiration and I think that's linked with my acting background. I love people watching and making backstories for those I come across. It's a fun hobby.
Not many people know this, but I’m very good at.
Sleeping. I can sleep wherever, whenever – and I was like that before I became a mum. I've been known to fall asleep in the wings of a theatre (I had a break before my next appearance on stage), in rehearsal rooms, on the toilet – and even under a desk in a library... Naughty me!
What’s the most useful piece of advice about writing you’ve been given?
Just write. That piece was given by Dorothy Koomson and I certainly used that at the start of my writing career. Jill Mansell also once told me that there's a period during a writing process where you question everything you've put on the page and think it's all rubbish... It's just a wave you've got to ride and get over. Somehow it all comes together in the end (without you deleting every single word).
And finally, what’s the question (and answer to the question) no one has ever asked you but you wish they would?
Q: 'Would you like to have the day off and go back to bed?'
A: 'Why, yes! Thank you. That would be super!'
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Top reviews from other countries
This story follows Lizzy, who dreams of being next to walk down the aisle with her boyfriend Ian who have been boyfriend and girlfriend for like forever. Every Christmas, birthday, holiday or a general Friday night Lizzy is waiting and hoping that Ian will get down on one knee and declare his undying love by proposing and making Lizzy his future wife.
After a holiday in Dubai ends in disaster, Lizzy's hopes and dreams are crushed when Ian doesn't declare his love but instead decides Lizzy is not The One for him and that they should split up.
Coming home to their empty flat they once shared with happy memories of their travels together, Lizzy makes the journey back to Essex to her parents, back to her childhood bedroom, back to her Bananarama cd's and Take That posters. (It could have been worse... Lizzy could be sleeping on a treadmill after her sister Michelle's old childhood bedroom was turned into a gym!)
Going through the boxes from her childhood a time before university and Ian, Lizzy tries to discover whether she was always destined to be the person she is today or that her relationship with Ian has lead her to be the Lizzy she is.
I really liked Lizzy and following her on her journey of rediscovery, mixing back with old friends, meeting new friends and reconnecting with her family. I think Giovanna had the right mixture of characters and they all had a little story of their own along the way.
I did feel the book ended far too quickly than I hoped it would, I felt that Lizzy had so much more to give to the story so I am really hoping Giovanna brings out a follow up as I would love to check in with Lizzy and all the other characters.
This book was warm, funny and entertained me throughout, I especially loved all the Essex mentions, being an Essex girl myself I loved that Lizzy spent her clubbing days in Dukes, Chelmsford!
Thank you Giovanna for a fab read, please bring Lizzy back!!