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Louise Kean
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Book Description

21 April 2010

A novel about cross-dressing, social apathy, and seeing the best in people, a little too late.

It started when I came home and found my bloody pointless stupid bastard boyfriend, Charlie, on my sofa, in my blue Lycra dress. He was having some sort of breakdown.

It transpired that Charlie had been having an epiphany of sorts. The previous night, standing on his balcony, he had witnessed an attack – on a woman he'd just kicked out of his bed. Ahsen and shaken, on his way to work the next day, he had found a dead body in the train toilets and now here he was, in a dress, sobbing uncontrollably.

I had been ready to dump Charlie once and for all – he was an unfaithful bastard (so was I, but not to the same extent). But he convinced me to run off with him to Devon for a week to sort his head out and I decided I owed him that much. Sizzling in the unlikely heatwave that week, everything changed between us, as we sucked on ice-creams naked on deckchairs, and hi-jacked an old people's bowling green. But despite the fact that our relationship had never been so strong and never meant so much to either of us, could we handle what was waiting for us back in London?

Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (21 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007114648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007114641
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,528,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Must read.’ The Sun

‘Intelligent and thought-provoking.’ Company

‘Insightful and laugh-out-loud funny but also serious and sad. The emotional mixture makes for an unmissable page-turner.’ New Woman

‘A witty read.’ Heat

‘Entertaining.’ Closer

'Fantastic! It's something truly different.Very amusing, insightful and thought-provoking.’ Chris Manby

‘Compelling and provocative… a cracking read’ Serena Mackesy, author of The Temp

From the reviews for TOASTING EROS:

‘Brilliantly observed…a reassuringly honest and amusing account of modern romance with all its ups and downs laid bare, it’s a must-read.’ Heat

'a funny and extraordinarily clever debut novel' Publishing News

‘A brilliant tale… Witty and wise’ B magazine

Chris Manby, author of Getting Personal and Running Away from Richard

'Fantastic! It's something truly different. Very amusing, insightful and thought-provoking.'

Customer Reviews

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be a Best Seller! 6 April 2005
Yet again Louise Kean has managed to make the most extraordinary situation seem believable in a way that you are sure it's probably happened to you somewhere along the line. Summer read, commuter read or present for a girl friend - this book is definitely going to score highly. The characters are so enthralling, I both laughed and cried when I hadn't even realised that I cared about what happened to them. Now twiddling my thumbs waiting for her next book to be published. Definitely definitely buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars o wow 25 Aug 2006
louise kean has quite a different style of writing to other people i have read, she writes in a way that makes me care, not just that i am reading a story to pass the time. She makes me care about the characters situations and what happens to them.i felt for the majority of the book that i was actually in the story watching without anybody else realising. i had only got this book on a wim but now i will be looking out for more of her expertly written

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1.0 out of 5 stars "Some things you just shouldn't share" 12 Nov 2011
I don't think it's healthy to regret time spent reading, so I won't, but when I think of all the things I could have done instead of reading this I can't help but feel sad.
The title, the cover and the synopsis all hint that the book will be a light hearted read full of laughs. I found this to be completely untrue. Kean's treatment of the subject matter is far too dark for the book to be a comedy and by trying to infuse humour the result is unsettling and insincere. She completely misses the human element as well by creating characters so unlikable that I didn't care if they "made it" or not. I only wanted to bash their heads together.
I thought the part where Nicola and Charlie "hijack an old people's bowling green" would be the book's redeeming feature but in reality it's just a short tale of petty trespass and uncomfortable public embarrassment. It could have been a great scene. It wasn't.
The end left me completely disillusioned and betrayed. It prepared me for a treat and then slapped me in the face. I had invested time in a story that had done nothing but sap the life out of me.
Maybe it was never meant to be funny. Maybe I missed the point. Either way, I shall be avoiding Kean's other work. Life's just too short to risk it again. I know this book will appeal to some readers but I can't recommend it. I don't really even want to take it to the charity shop for the fear that some unsuspecting soul will pick it up. Oh well, at least a good cause will get another 1.30 out of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly readable 17 July 2010
Took a while to get into, but once I got past the first four or five chapters, this turned into a really good read. It's not enjoyable in the usual sense, as the subject matter (mental breakdown) is something people still find difficult to tackle, but the storyline makes you want to read to the end. The characters aren't particularly endearing either, but strangely you still find yourself caring about what happens to them. The ending wasn't so much a surprise, more of a 'told you so' moment, but it does leave you wondering what the future would hold for the main characters. Overall a good read, although not always particuarly enjoyable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Threw It Away, two thirds through 16 Dec 2009
Glad to see that others have clearly enjoyed this book. For my part though I got 200 pages into it and threw it in the bin.

The main male character. Charlie, is a thoroughly dislikeable character and repeatedly acts disrespectfully towards the female Nicola and is possibly violent towards women; there is enough badness in this world without reading about idiots such as this.

It eventually grated with me that the main female character Nicola was so damn idiotic (yet intelligent and successful) to allow it; that I no longer cared for either or them, hence no point continuing.

Also the book repeatedly steps between present and past in what to me feels a rather clumsy fashion.

A great shame, especially as I was very impressed indeed by Perfect 10, by the same author; which I read some months previously. Don't waste time with it, buy Perfect 10, or possibly her other books are good; this one most certainly isn't for me.
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