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Chips, Beans and Limousines: The Fantastic Diary of Bathsheba Clarice De Trop! Paperback – 29 Feb 2008

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (29 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746090919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746090916
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've always loved children's books. I started writing when I was thirteen, at boarding school - a darkly humorous fantasy about a girl called Ariadne Gallimaufreys (I like unusual names for characters :)). I still hope to turn that idea into a real novel one day... Jobs I've done include: administrative assistant for a children's literacy charity, children's bookseller in Waterstone's, Brussels, and now writing tutor. I was brought up in Libya and since then have travelled all over the place, spending several years living in Brussels, and time living in Italy.

My website is at: www.leilarasheed.com and I have another one, which includes a blog, at www.thewritingden.webs.com.

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From the Back Cover

Dear New Diary,


I have a surprise for you. It is a BIG surprise. So, are you sitting down? No, you are lying flat on my desk while I write in you. Obviously. Okay, just breathe deeply, and try to stay calm.


The hand that is writing in you now, belongs to... BATHESHEBA CLARICE DE TROP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Yes!! Yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!!


But you never thought you'd belong to a celebrity did you?


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Bathsheba Clarice de Trop's life is so super starry. Or is it?

About the Author

LEILA RASHEED has gained both an MA in Children's Literature and Creative Writing. She started work at Reading Is Fundamental, a children's literacy charity, before moving to Belgium in November 2006. Leila now works as the children's bookseller for Waterstone's in Brussels.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ML Jensen on 28 Feb. 2008
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This book is not at all what I expected when I started reading. It looks like a simple diary for quite young readers but it is so much more. The cheerful first person narrative hides a wealth of self deception which dawns on the reader before the main character works it out for herself. And when she does it is touchingly sad, but then becomes delightful as Bathsheba begins to sort her life out. It remains charming and innocent throughout but there are nonetheless some life lessons in the story. I can't recommend this book warmly enough. It should appeal to girls of 7-12.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Talentedspaniel on 22 Mar. 2008
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I bought this without knowing quite what to expect, but was delighted by what I read. Once I'd got to the end of it, the best bit of news was that Leila Rasheed is already working on the next one, so we can find out more about "Bath"'s alternately amazing and engaging life.

The story bounces along at a nice pace, and the jokes and clever happenings seem to be queuing up for your attention. At the centre of the whirling world Bathsheba inhabits, though, is a genuinely engaging and believable character.

I highly recommend this book, especially for older children, but also for anyone who fancies some memorable laughs, meeting some memorable characters, and reading a writer who clearly enjoyed herself while she was writing the book.

Top notch stuff.
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As a 54 year old man, I cannot say that I am exactly in the target market for this book which is written for 8 -15 year old girls, I would guess, and maybe their mothers.

I read it because I met the author Leila Rasheed in a local bookshop and volunteered to buy and read her two books (under no sales pressure whatsoever - in fact I think Leila was rather embarrassed and puzzled by my enthusiasm).

Not only am I a 54 year old man, but I have never been an 8-9 year old girl and our children are both sons so I don't have close acquaintance with the species either, except as they come over and play with our children.

Nevertheless, even for entirely the wrong sort of reader, this is a fun book, and rather more. It does not contain the caustic and savage social satire of, say, an Evelyn Waugh, but it does have a lot in common with the wry, gentler, fonder discernment of an Alan Bennett.

The background to the story is that 8-9 year old Bathsheba is the daughter that her mother has invested in as a fictional character to shore up her morale and her finances when her husband suddenly disappeared, alchemising an ordinary London child into a worldwide Hollywood adventure glamour-puss, bristling with every advantage and accessory that imagination has dictated that she should have, gifted beyond human measure, and, of course, coolly successful at foiling evil criminal conspiracies single-handedly.

The trouble is that the real Bathsheba is nothing like the character in her mother's best-selling books beyond the fact that she does indeed have a lot of things poured on top of her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 9 May 2009
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Bathsheba's diaries are fabulous for children 8-10yrs. In this book she takes us through her life, I've read the first 2 books and I love them. I can't wait for the 3rd one to come out and I advise you to read them too. I think really girly girls will like this book because Bathsheba thinks and acts like a girly girl.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A on 1 Mar. 2008
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This has great appeal and warmth and is perfect for older children. Bathsheba is a well-drawn, perfect character who really makes you laugh...and cry!

I can't wait for the sequel!
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