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31 Dream Street [Paperback]

Lisa Jewell
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Book Description

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 (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,907 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 Perfect read for a cold winter's night! 19 Nov 2010
Lovely book - one of many by Lisa Jewell - ideal for reading on a chilly winter's night - tucked on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows floating on the top! Her writing style always draws the reader in with just enough to still let them use their imagination too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars funny, heart warming and unputdownable! 13 Jun 2010
This book was brilliant from start to finish, the plot is both exciting and sad in equal measures. I love the way she introduces all these charachters who live in the house, and then draws out their individual personalities one by one. The love story between the two main charachters is something you hope for from the beginning, but from the descriptions of both Leah and Toby, you never would have put them together.
From the sec i opened this book I couldn't put it down, it was given to me by a friend and I just loved it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 8 days 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 1 month 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 3 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago by scottie
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 Dream Street
This is the first Lisa Jewell book I have read, and loved it. Book had you gripped from the first couple of pages and you wanted to know how it all panned out long before the end. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs D Lockwood
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 Dream Street by Lisa Jewell
I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading other books by the same author. The characters are very well drawn and one can easily empathise with them.
Published 10 months ago by Gill Hoskisson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome as always
Another brilliant `if I had a dream` novel by Lisa Jewell. Always manages to produce the best page turners that I have ever read.
Published 10 months ago by Sarah Janine Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, good condition
Good book, it was as it was described and was in good condition as it was described, pretty fast dispatch
Published 10 months ago by Nikita Heaton
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