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Camberwell Beauty

Camberwell Beauty [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Eclair
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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* 'The most unstoppably brilliant standup' -- SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY

Book Description

* Bittersweet mellow comedy of observation from 'the wildest and wickedest comedian in Britain' (Daily Mirror)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 452 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (6 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3BO7IC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jenny Eclair is an extremely popular broadcaster, comedian and actor. She is the sole female winner of the Perrier Award, and often features on BBC radio and television.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1st book that made me love reading! 16 Feb 2011
This book is brilliantly written, it's engaging and witty and the characters are so well created you feel that you know them personally. I actually felt sad when I read the last page, I was desperate to read the next chapter!! Jenny Eclair is a fantastic writer and I would absolutely recommend this to anyone wanting to escape reality for a while, her next book is equally as addictive and I only wish she'd write more!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camberwell Beauty is a Beauty!!! 8 Jan 2004
I bought this book when it was originally published but only got round to reading it last week - how I wish I'd read it before!
This is a fantastic read from start to finish. Centered around 2 families, I couldn't wait to turn each page to find out what happened next - it was funny (very - had me laughing out loud!)and so realistic. Yes, the ending was not the happy turned-out-well-in-the-end one I'd have expected but hey,
that's life. I can't wait for Jenny's next book to be published.
My only disappointment - it ended too soon!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but unpleasant characters 24 Nov 2001
By A Customer
I couldn't finish this because although Jenny Eclair is talented and a good writer, there were no redeeming features in any of the characters. They were all unpleasant and self-seeking, and there was no-one to root for, which makes it a depressing book. It's possible that redemption was to be found in the later chapters, but I couldn't plough through the nastiness to get there. It would be lovely to see Jenny Eclair's wit, talent, clever observation and good writing applied to a nicer cast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended but not for the sensitive 17 Aug 2012
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Very funny ... Very crude (a lot of swearing and very graphic descriptions of sex) .... Very well-written.... And very, very dark.

Karma, just desserts, call it what you will; that's basically the central theme of this excellent book. I have read Jenny Eclair's later novels and they are not as hard-hitting as this; I found the first few chapters a bit shocking, which I think was intentional. Nevertheless, highly recommended - the quality of the writing and structure are superb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Ending To A Sad Tale 26 Jun 2012
Picked this up as I like Jenny. Started off well and there were a few snort out loud moments at the language and situations. Overall though, I found it quite grim reading and although unexpected, the ending really upset me (but I am a sensitive sort).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
'Camberwell Beauty' is wry, razor sharp and very ('laugh out loud') funny - Eclair writes really well and (for me) the frequent jokes were spot on every time, something which I've found to be quite a rare thing when it comes to novels by stand-ups. The views presented (about fat children, marriage or whatever else) are those of the characters, not necessarily those of the author - the cast of the book are unlikable, they are sour, selfish and shallow, but people often are and it makes for refreshing reading. She is not afraid to lay bare people's prejudices, obsessions and hypocrisy and has no respect for 'taboo' subjects or avoiding the nasty side of life - hurrah! Eclair uses her wit (perhaps in an almost Ortonesque way)to expose and ridicule the characters, and also -to an extent- possibly the reader, who may be horrified to find themselves identifying with some of the less-awful characteristics portrayed. The plot only gets going in the last part of the book, but as an example of first class comic writing, this outrageously unapologetic and grusomely perceptive book sticks it in the goal.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Non Chick Lit Territory 12 Jan 2008
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Clearly this book polarises people into two camps; love it or hate it. I was actually searching Jenny Eclair the author in the hope that she'd written something else recently, so it clear which camp I fall in.

Camberwell Beauty is laugh out loud funny, observant, wry and refreshingly realistic. And hooray, for once, a book with an unexpected, breath taking ending. Perhaps the 'hate its' have overdosed on regular chicklit and are pining for the standard fare so here we go.

Good old Chris comes to Anna's rescue and stands by her, reducing her to grateful tears and she vows never to take him for granted again. Jo catches MRSA whilst at the hospital, loses three stone and Nigel finally falls in love with her. They renew their wedding vows, and no one is more happy for them than Anna and Chris.

Is that better?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jackie Collins novel - I think not! 8 Sep 2003
By A Customer
I picked this book up because I thought it would be a good holiday read.... lightweight like a Wendy Holden or Jackie Collins. The strapline 'a novel of life, love and shagging the plumber' gives the wrong impression. Well, she does shag the plumber, but there's so much more to this book. Personally I can't wait till Jenny's next book (when is that? hurry up!). It's a very true observation of urban London life and late-thirtysomethings - you'll recognise all these characters in someone you know. Yes, it gets grubby in the middle, but the plot and scene setting throughout made it difficult for me to put the book down. For someone who normally falls asleep in the middle of the each page, this book really held my attention, and was far deeper than the front cover indicates. Great, well done Jenny. More please!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one to read if you are feeling down...
I found this book utterly depressing; I laughed out, on occasion but I'm sure that was at parts that were not intented to be funny. Read more
Published 6 days ago by eas298
4.0 out of 5 stars Allmost a 4 star
I'd give this an almost 4 star. It has a biting ascerbic wit, which in place, although cruel is laugh out loud funny. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. J. E. Northwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Some funny incidents but story got drawn out
Some funny incidents but story got drawn out, I got bored and gave up. Sometimes not sure who was narrating some chapters.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs S R Parkin
5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud!
loved this book !! made me laugh out loud. Jenny Eclair's observational humour is spot on! Highly recommend this book
Published 3 months ago by elizabeth maby
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant....!!!!!
Having read both books by Jenny Eclair ...I have now just bought the 3rd.......such easy to read books and so hard to put them down ....I want to know more about the characters
Published 5 months ago by Jb
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanting more
I really enjoyed this book, however the ending left me wanting more and seemed either unfinished or waiting for a sequel? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kat
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I have real all Jenny Eclairs books (so far) I enjoyed this book, but found that the characters were not very likeable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Betty
5.0 out of 5 stars EVIL AND FUNNY!!
I just love Jenny's books and this for me is one the best. I found all of the characters so awful which may sound odd but each one had very few likeable traits! Read more
Published 8 months ago by debs
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing so far with silly spelling errors!
Bought this book after reading and enjoying Vanilla Slices but so far am getting annoyed as I read and see coconuts spelt as cocoanuts must be the teacher in me!
Published 10 months ago by Herts Kitkat
3.0 out of 5 stars Taking the rough with the rough - the pathetic parable of The Pink...
I have read Jenny Éclair backwards, having really relished Vanilla Slices and Having a Lovely Time. So I was excited about getting hold of her first book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Katharine Kirby
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