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Back to Life: Rachel Riley (sort of) seizes the day Paperback – 6 Aug 2009


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192729225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192729224
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in Saffron Walden in Essex, a small town, where nothing much happened, and where I spent an awful lot of time wishing I was somewhere else, or someone else. And that's what I write about now - for children, teenagers and young adults: Extraordinary things happening to very ordinary people, in very ordinary places. And about dreaming of other lives you might live.

And I have lived many other lives: as a lifeguard, a radio newsreader, a producer on a TV cookery show, a journalist, and a special adviser to the Prime Minister. And I still have other guises: as a government speechwriter, and (in my head at least) as a future ice dance champion.

Stuff I like: Paris, prom dresses, that bit in the West Wing where Donna tells Josh she wouldn't stop for a red light if he was in an accident, junk shops, Ladybird books, cake, crisps, Cornwall, St Custard's, Portuguese custard tarts, politics, pin-up swimsuits, the Regency, high heels, horses, old songs, old dresses, my Grandma's fur coat, vinyl, liner notes, the smell of old books, the feel of a velveteen monkey, quiffs, putting my hand in a bin of chicken feed, eating peanut butter from the jar, the bit where Johnny says 'no-one puts Baby in a corner', the 1950s, automata, fiddles, gigs in fields on warm summer nights, Bath, the bath.

Find out more at http://www.joannanadin.com

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[My So-Called Life]: 'Her keen eyed but naïve observations on family relationships and life in a small town are as perceptive as they are hilarious and Rachel Riley proves to be the sharpest, funniest diarist since Adrian Mole. Slightly saucy in parts, this is definitely one for older readers (and a guilty pleasure for grown ups) (Becky Stradwick, Publishing News)

Nadin achieves the rare trick of producing a book that will make both adults and teenagers laugh aloud. (The Observer)

[The Life of Riley]: 'Rachel has an irresistible voice and her wry and naïve observations of the world are instantly engaging. This sparkling sequel lives up to expectations and has genuine crossover appeal. (The Bookseller)

[The Meaning of Life]: 'an absolute must-read (Publishing News)

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Rachel Riley's back in the latest instalment of her hilarious diaries

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill on 30 May 2013
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I just love reading these Riley books, they are so funny. Can't wait for the next one in March 2014.
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Back to Life is the fifth Rachel Riley book and it is just as funny as the previous four. Joanna fills the book with humour and the brilliant Rachel-isms that make Rachel such an adorible charcter. Throughout this book you will want to bang your (or Rachel's) head against the table over Rachel's total stupidity but her sweetness and hilarity make you love her anyway.

The storylines in this book are brilliant; including a shame wedding, ASBO love, a politically minded Granny Clegg, becoming a muse and lack of mojo plus many more.

New charcters introduced are brillaint; we see more of Ed's stalker Melody Bean, more Davey McDonald, and the introduction of Reuben Tull, drug taking sixth former who has many amusing views on life and cows.

Back to Life is brilliant and the ending is brilliant, nearly ends in disaster but the very end will have you cheering!
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By J Finch on 16 Jan. 2014
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My daughter loved this book and read it in one sitting. She's 11 (going on 16) and I did worry that some of the content may be too old for her but clearly not.
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