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After the Party [MP3 Audio] [MP3 CD]

Lisa Jewell , Patience Tomlinson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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1 Sep 2010

It's eleven years since Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary first got together. They thought it would be for ever, that they'd found their happy ending. As everyone agreed, they were the perfect couple.

Then two became four, a flat became a house. Romantic nights out became sleepless nights in. And they soon found that life wasn't quite so simple any more. But through it all Jem and Ralph still loved each other, of course they did.

Now the unimaginable has happened. Two people who were so right together are starting to drift apart. And in the chaos of family life, Ralph feels more and more as if he's standing on the sidelines, and Jem that she's losing herself. Something has to change. As they try to find a way back to each other, back to what they once had, they both become momentarily distracted - but maybe it's not too late to recapture happily ever after ...

A warm and involving novel that will restore your faith in life, love and the power of starting over, After the Party is Lisa Jewell at her unforgettable best.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books (1 Sep 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1445004305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445004303
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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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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"Emotionally charged and compelling." (Daily Mail)

"Poignant and heart-wrenching, it's a wonderful insight into what can happen when the fairytale finally ends." (Sun)

"Pretty damn good ... Jewell stands out, providing insightful character studies ... and she is so readable - you can fall into After the Party as you would a particularly soft settee. Her messages are many, but one of them is this: don't write chick-lit off just yet." (Time Out, Paperback Pick, 4 stars)

"Lisa's heartfelt writing and raw, honest storytelling makes for an emotional, funny and heartbreaking journey ... but there is a glimmer of hope. Can Jem and Ralph find their way back to happiness?" (5 stars, Heat)

"Jewell's style is light and engaging." (Daily Mirror) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The brilliant novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Ralph's Party and The Truth About Melody Browne. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get better than this! 20 April 2010
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Well it has been 11 long years since Lisa Jewell released a book entitled Ralph's Party. She wrote and I read Ralphs party (unbelievably) 11 years ago and even back then her writing was great.

In Ralph's Party we meet the residents of 31 Almanac Road, who consist of flatmates Ralph and Smith and their new neighbour who moves in, Jemimah. Upstairs live Karl and Siobhan and they have been unmarried for fifteen years albeit happily. When Cheri moves in to the flat above them she causes havoc by deciding that Karl is the man she wants and sees no reason that a girlfriend should get in the way. The book itself leads us into their lives and sees the end result with both Ralph and Jem getting together and leaving the book with that happy ever after feeling.

However, Lisa Jewell decided that 11 years later she would transport us back to Ralph and Jem's current relationship with her book entitled After The Party. So a few years down the line we find that Ralph and Jem are unmarried, but living together with their two young children. Things are not all sweetness and light and Jem is feeling unsettled with just about everything. She is currently trying to raise her demanding and Diva like daughter Scarlett, still nurture her baby boy Blake, and keep her career going with a difficult client as well as keeping her marriage to Ralph on an even keel.

Both Ralph and Jem find that life doesn't seem that simple anymore. Jem begins to feel quietly disgruntled with everything that Ralph does and Ralph is feeling more and more like he's not even part of his own family. Slowly they realise that their ideal family life that they viewed all those years ago through rose tinted glasses is nothing like their present reality.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong and powerfully moving story 14 April 2010
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Another great book from Lisa Jewell, a very moving, well written and emotive story as some of the beloved characters from the classic bestseller Ralph's Party struggle 12 years on with the realities of family life. Ralph and Jem now have two children, a house, cat and careers but not everything is happy with these two great characters.

I "stormed" through it today to find out what happens to Jem and Ralph at the end of the story. On the way we meet some of the other characters and some new ones too, along with a lot of obstacles and challenges for them. I would really recommend to anyone who loved Ralph's Party firstly and those who like a great story with great characters, a lot of pace and a lot of style!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read from Lisa Jewell... 17 April 2010
I remember the joy I felt, years back, on discovering Lisa Jewell's first novel, 'Ralph's Party'. At the time, there was a deluge of identik chick lit novels being published in the vein of Bridget Jones and Ralph's P was a breath of fresh air - honest, romantic and intelligent, with a mix of male and female viewpoints, keen observations and some smart psychological insights. Jewell broke the boundaries of the women's fic genre and raised the bar. She remains to this day my favourite women's fic author (I want to avoid using the word chick lit at all costs as it doesn't do justice to the quality of her writing)

The idea of a sequel fascinated me. After all, so many romantic comedies finish with a couple getting together, the rosy idealism of Happy Ever After. I was fascinated to see how Ralph & Jem would be, ten years on. I must admit, then, that I was shocked to discover Ralph and Jem in such a state of misery. Jewell's writing has got darker recently, which I think is a good evolution, but I admit that I got 2/3 of the way into this book and felt a tear welling up in my eye and thought - this is the saddest book I've read in quite a while. Perhaps this was exacerbated by the fact that R's P was such an uplifting book, that perfectly captured the dizzy joy not only of a twentysomething couple, but of being in your twenties, sparkling with promise and hopes and dreams; whilst the sequel really focuses on hopes and dreams being dashed as reality and disappointment sets in. And even while it ends on a positive note, as you sense from the start that it will, it did make me feel glum about marriage, and rather glad that I haven't settled down with kids yet!

Another quality of Jewell's maturing style is her deep psychological insight into character.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Lisa 30 April 2010
I love Lisa, I really do. I have read all her books and always pre-ordered on amazon since I got a copy of Ralph's Party for free with Elle magazine many years ago...
I was a little sad reading this book. It does not share the same mood as Ralph's Party. I guess I was hoping for something a little more uplifting. It seems like a black cloud has appeared...
That being said, I do think Lisa's writing has evolved and developed over the years and this is just a reflection of her growth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars after the party 16 May 2010
I love lisa Jewell's books and it was great to catch up with Ralph & Jem again. Very touching and sometimes true to life the struggles of parenthood and life choices. 5 star reading once again
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yet again, fabulous read! 28 April 2010
As always, reading a Lisa Jewell novel is a fantastic way to lose yourself in the characters lives and live their lives with them. I first discovered Lisa Jewell, reading Thirty Nothing (by far her greatest novel!!), and since went on to collect all of her books.

After The Party, is a brilliant way of, what seems like, catching up with old friends. Jem and Ralph have progressed somewhat in their lives, now living together with 2 children. A bit different, needless to say, from the first book - Ralph's Party. I thoroughly enjoyed reading A.t.P. I was surprised with parts of it - the thoughts Jem was having and Ralph leaving Jem to cope with the every day life of a single mum, not realising the effect it would have on her feelings for him - the way Lisa Jewell portrayed both the characters in this situation was magnificent; showing us (the reader) how much they had grown, since we first met them, 11 years ago.

Again, I was slightly disappointed not to encounter Siobhan, Cheri and Karl and catch up with their stories, I was more than pleasantly surprised with the ending of the book.

A fantastic book, which I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who has (or indeed, hasn't) read her previous work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bit of chic lit
Nice bit of chic lit
Published 21 days ago by G Gillespie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a truely brilliant book, a must read once of course you ...
This is a truely brilliant book, a must read once of course you have first read Ralph's Party. It is in the class of "can't put down until it's read" book.
Published 1 month ago by AM OTHER
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Lisa Jewell
Another excellent read - a well written story by Lisa Jewell who never fails with her good characters and story lines
Published 1 month ago by ChristineC
5.0 out of 5 stars another goodie
Love all Lisa jewels books. This one is just as good as all the others :)
Luckily not had much time to read last few years so have enjoyed catching on with the last couple she... Read more
Published 7 months ago by shaun
3.0 out of 5 stars Not yet read
Have read other titles from this author. Looking forward to reading it. Hence only 3 stars as not yet read.
Published 8 months ago by MISS D T TAYLOR
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read
Just picked this out at random because I'd run out of something to read. What a brilliant choice. Thought provoking storyline. Thoroughly believable, couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs L A Cokien
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel
I read this straight after Ralph's Party. I don't think I would have got as much from it if I hadn't read that first but as a sequel, it was a great read - lovely to see how the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by S.Harrington
2.0 out of 5 stars Good
It was a enjoyable book, but I did think at times "Hurry up and get on with it" in saying that I still enjoyed it.
Published 9 months ago by V.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading
An excellent chill out book. Only the second I have read by this author and I will certainly look out for more by her.
Published 11 months ago by Christine Hewitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Lisa
You just know when you get a Lisa Jewel book you are going to love it. She is consistently good. Makes you wish for a rainy day so you can curl up with her .
Published 11 months ago by Maisie
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