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31 Dream Street [Paperback]

Lisa Jewell
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3 April 2008

Leah and Toby have lived across the street from one another for years without meeting ... and Leah has been itching to peek behind the front door of Toby's eccentric house, always packed to the rafters with weird and wonderful tenants. When fate finally lets her in, Leah finds that Toby needs her as much as she is surprised to realize she might need him. Sometimes life needs a helping hand and with a sprinkle of romance and their own special magic, Toby and Leah's dreams show the glimmer of a chance of coming true.

31 Dream Street is a wonderfully warm and insightful novel that will capture the imagination and soothe the soul.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014101220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141012209
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Her first novel, Ralph's Party, was the bestselling debut of 1999. She is also the author of Thirtynothing, One-Hit Wonder, Vince & Joy, A Friend of the Family, 31 Dream Street, The Truth About Melody Browne and After the Party, all of which have been Sunday Times bestsellers.

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About the Author

Lisa Jewell lives in north London with her husband and two children. She worked as a secretary before redundancy, a bet and a book deal took her away from all that. She is the author of five previous huge bestsellers: Ralph's Party, Thirtynothing, One-Hit Wonder, Friend of the Family and, recently, Vince & Joy.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta be a film one day! 28 Feb 2007
If this book doesn't become a film one day, I'll eat my hat. It has blockbuster written all over it - in the vein of About a Boy, Love Actually, Four Weddings and Bridget Jones. It's a superbly woven tale of the lives of the inhabitants of Peacock House, owned by Toby, overlooked by Leah and recently left by Gus ... who turns both their lives around. This is a beautifully written book, which really draws the reader into the lives of the main characters, and by the end of the book I was genuinely caught up in a desire for happy endings for (nearly) all of them. I adored Toby, and it was a really refreshing angle for the lead character of a Chick Lit title to be a man...Though not overly sentimental, there is much poignant soul searching for all the characters involved, and the author carefully handles the twists and turns of their lives with grace. I loved Lisa's books before this one - they are all funny and "real" and touching, but the bar has definitely been raised with 31 Dream Street. It's one of the best books I've read this year, and the feeling that I really care what the future holds for Con and Daisy, Melinda and Jack (who for some reason I picture as Anthony LaPaglia), and of course Toby and Leah....has stayed with me since I turned the last page. Thank you Lisa.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable light reading 14 Mar 2007
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Toby, a poet, was bought a house in Finchley by his father before he went off and abandoned him. There is already one sitting tenant, but Toby turns the rest of the rooms into a home for waifs and strays, people who can't afford to pay rent, musicians, poets and people who are just down on their luck.

Fifteen years go by and the death of Gus, the sitting tenant, gives Toby a chance to start again and reclaim his life. With the help of Leah, from across the road, Toby gradually starts to get to know the people who have taken over his house and help them find a way to move on!

This is a typical Lisa Jewell book, lovely light reading with small touches of tragedy and comedy. The characters are well developed (especially Ruby, the hard drinking, hard smoking, hard partying rock chick)

Really enjoyable, would make great beach reading, and (as with all Jewell novels) you're guaranteed a happy ending!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't knock my socks off 16 April 2009
I feel like such a party pooper saying I didn't particularly like this book. I mean, don't get me wrong. It's a pretty good read and a good story. When you put it apart, the characters are great, their stories are amazing, and it's a great idea that should have made an amazing book. Yet, when you put it all together, the book seemed a bit bland and missed the sparkle that would make it a bestseller in my eyes.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!! 5 Mar 2007
By Sammij
I couldn't agree more with the review above - i love Lisa Jewell & i thought could get no better than Vince & Joy - how wrong can you be??

This book is so real - you can relate to any one of the characters and thats what i like most about Lisa's books, you could know anyone of her characters and the places.

Did not put it down - read in one weekend (and a bit)

For anyone who has never read Lisa Jewll - buy buy buy!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reader Beware 18 May 2008
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Reader beware. This book is also published under the title of "Roommates Wanted" Don't buy the same book twice like I did. Aggravating to say the least. I love Lisa Jewell but I feel cheated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 dream street 20 April 2011
i read this book in 3 days thats even with having a 4 month old demanding baby, i was hooked because it was so different to a love story it had many charaters to get to know in a non confusing way and that was very interesting, this is the first book ive read by this author and i shall be purshaing her others if they are anything like this one, a very warm inspiring book :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit at its best 13 Nov 2008
I'm not the biggest fan of chick lit but Lisa Jewell is chick lit with style and substance. I have enjoyed all her books and 31 Dream Street was no exception. The storyline is fresh and original and Jewell really makes you care about her well-crafted characters. Once I started reading this I was completely hooked and my commute couldn't last long enough! It may be a slightly predictable ending but hey, we don't read this type of fiction to be surprised, we read it because it's fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 31 July 2008
By bk.worm
After reading Vince & Joy, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I picked this up for a holiday read. Absolutely loved it, and as said before, once I started reading it I found it difficult to stop! Wonderful idea for a story with all the different characters living under the same roof. A great read any time of the year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is excellent, although I was caught out buying Roommates Wanted which is exactly the same book
Published 17 days ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Best Lisa Jewell book. Very enjoyable if a bit chick-lit
Published 1 month ago by Eloise Worcester
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read as always cannot wait for her next new book
Published 1 month ago by julie kitney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Couldn't put it down
Published 2 months ago by Wee d
5.0 out of 5 stars Lisa Jewell never disappoints !
Cleverly interwoven lives,you follow each eagerly. A most satisfactory ,well written story. It is never predictable but works out well.
Published 3 months ago by Hayley Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
another excellent read from lisa jewell.
didn't disappoint. couldn't wait until the end, felt as if you knew the characters.
Published 3 months ago by moonmin
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad it's finished.
Another fantastic book from Lisa. Multi dimensional characters that intrigue you and can make you laugh in one chapter, then shed a tear in the next. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Angela Ringrose
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly girly twaddle. All men should avoid!
Books like this are really emotional pornography for a certain kind of female reader.

I made a big mistake in reading this, but someone lent it to me on a train journey... Read more
Published 11 months ago by truman jones
3.0 out of 5 stars easy read
This is a nice easy read. Passes a pleasant few hours. It was obvious, I suppose what would happen to the various residents of the Peacock House but it was quite engaging... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs Lofts
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good storyline
Yet again another enjoyable read by Lisa Jewell, ending very predicatable, have a few of this author books very enjoyable and eay read.
Published 11 months ago by scottie
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