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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755371313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755371310
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Teesside, NE England, in 1969. I enjoyed a traditional 1970's childhood, watching too much TV and eating convenience food because nobody minded if kids did that in those days. Since graduating from Leicester University, where I studied English Language and Literature, I've worked in advertising and as a management consultant. In 2010 I was proud to be awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters from Teesside University.

I've always dreamed of being a writer and my first novel - Playing Away - was published in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified me as one of London's 'Twenty Faces to Watch', which was very nice of them!

I like to keep busy and to be described as one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women's fiction writers in the UK, (who wouldn't like that?!) Over two million copies of my work have been sold in the UK and I'm translated into 25 different languages. I've published twelve novels in twelve years, all of which have been Times Top Ten bestsellers. Whatever It Takes, my twelfth novel, examines those undeniable, lasting issues that seem to interest us all. It scrutinizes our theories of love, motherhood and infidelity with (I hope) honesty and humour. I'm known for examining the thorny issues of the lives we lead today with my trademark, up-front, tell-it-as-it-is style.

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'This is a wonderfully plotted, moving and insightful novel about how far you should go to protect your best friend...this is Parks' best yet, completely deserving of the accolades currently being heaped upon it and shot through with funny, tender and observant moments. I loved it' (Daily Mail)

'Emotional and realistic' (Heat)

'This is gripping look at the lengths we'd go to for friendship and love is full of suspense - we couldn't get enough of it' (Closer)

'Parks takes a tender look at where the boundaries of friendship are drawn' (Glamour)

'You can't beat Adele Parks for addictive chick-lit, and her latest offering won't disappoint...what follows is tense, sometimes funny but ultimately heart-warming and guaranteed to keep you hooked until the end' (She magazine)

'Chick-lit with grit' (Prima)

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Adele Parks writes novels that real women want to read. Her books get right to the heart  of the dilemmas women - and men - face in their lives; her characters are real as are the choices they make


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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jun 2011
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying that if you aren't a fan of books heavy on the narrative, then this book won't be your cup of tea. There is barely any speech between the characters in the book, instead using a third person narrative to tell the tale and voice the thoughts of the characters. This was a quite effective tool, allowing the reader to see the bigger picture of the story yet also get up close and personal with the characters, but personally I would have preferred a little more speech and interaction in there, and this is why I've knocked a star off the rating of this one. I found it picked up pace a little more when characters spoke to each other, and was a little slow in the narrative parts but it was still enjoyable.

The book relies on the reader wanting to find out more about the mess going on in Stephanie's life, and her judgments and whether or not she makes the right ones, so from that perspective it's an interesting read. I did like the character of Stephanie - she is a woman trying to run the perfect home and make everything go smoothly with her children and the relationship with her husband Julian. But when she finds out something about Julian that makes her question everything, Stephanie does something out of character and calls on friend Pip for help, asking for her to cover for her. Pip was my favourite one in the book - she's easy to relate to, a single mother to a daughter, a talented textiles designer but unlucky in love, and suddenly very put upon by her best friend.

As I was reading, I couldn't help but think what I would do if I was in that situation, in both Steph's and Pip's shoes.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By kooky ju on 15 Jun 2012
Format: Paperback
I read the reviews on the cover aswell as the blurb and prepared myself for something a bit more interesting than the usual chick-lit. Sadly I was disappointed.
I didn't particularly enjoy the writing style, maybe the author thought it would add depth to the characters but it didn't work for me. The characters seemed quite dull - Stephanie with her wonderful life that was a fraud as her devoted husband was playing away from home; scatty Pip who manages to get a contract with Selfridges making bunting - it was all so cath kidston/shabby chic/middle class i.e. dull as dishwasher. The affair girl (forgotten her name) seemed contrived and the male characters poorly developed. The story is straightforward really but it took forever to get there, with nothing else interesting happening on the sidelines.
There was too much description that at times was just irrelevant and I found myself skipping paragraphs.
It's the first time I've read anything by this author and the last unfortunately.
And just why did Julian have an affair? Oh yes he was bored - I can see why. And why did Steph have this thing with Subhash? Oh yes, she was bored too. So, two rich bored people who have a great life but want something else - I'm not rooting for them, are you?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Book & Movie Lover on 6 July 2011
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Wow! This was a tremendously gripping and insighful book about friendship that I thoroughly enjoyed.

It is the authors 11th book and she writes wonderfully about the modern world that we live in and the characters are very real and honestly portrayed. The story centres on two life long best friends, Steph & Pip and focuses on how their freindship is put to the test when Steph asks Pip for an alibi, without explaining why she needs to lie. I don't want to give any spoilers, but believe me when I say that the story has some great twists and really made me think how far would I go for my friends.

Adele is a big name author and it's clear to see why she is at the top of her game when you read this book.

Excellent and highly recommended. 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Boof TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is my first of a book by Adele Parks and I can now safely say that it won't be my last. It's like chicklit for grown-ups, i.e. it's moved past the shopping for handbags and giggling at the water-cooler and on to school-runs, clandestine meetings in the theatre and sustaining life-long friendships.

Pip and Steph have been friends since school and are still in each others lives. Pip is the gregarious one, the one who lives in constant chaos but is great fun to be around and Steph is the steady, dependable, sensible one; the one who never sets a foot out of line - that is until she does and asks Pip to cover for her (which means lying to the police about where she was). As well as Pip and Steph, the cast of brilliantly drawn characters include Kirsten, a gorgeous, glamorous young girl who has no choice but to work in a London firm as Daddy has stopped dishing out the dosh (but don't feel too sorry for her, she sleeps with half the Directors of the business - well one of them is bound to fall in love with her, leave their wife and keep her in the life of luxury she so deperately wants, right?). I don't want to give too much away about Kirsten or what her role in the book is, as it's always more fun to find out for yourself. However, it's suffice to say that I found Kirsten so hideous and shallow a person that I am really struggling to believe that there are people out there like her - there must be, but I never want to meet them. All credit to Parks for making her more human and me feel sorry for her by the end though (grrr!)

What I liked about this book, aside from the character development, was the fact that I was kept guessing about what had happened and what was about to happen enough to keep me interested and turning the pages.
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