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Life, Death and Vanilla Slices [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Eclair
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

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Very dark and very funny. I had it glued to my face until I'd finished it (Jo Brand)

Of course it's funny, but it's also dark, honest and totally compulsive reading (Jenny Colgan)

Utterly compelling, brave, angry and melancholy all at once. It is brutal about the female experience, but also beautifully observed about the subtle complexities of being a woman. I thought Jean was an amazing character - and it is testament to Jenny's skill as a writer that despite some awful behaviour, the reader never actually loses sympathy for her. Most of all, it's just a great, honest piece of writing. I want to read her others now (Jojo Moyes)

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* Brilliant black comedy from the ultimate Grumpy Old Woman!

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847444938
  • Publisher: Sphere (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089YH5RA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,471 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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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life death and vanilla slices. 10 July 2012
By Pammy
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Having raved over Camberwell beauty and Having a lovely time,I have regularly searched for,yet lamented, that Jenny Eclair had decided to write no more novels. It was sheer delight to stumble across this little gem! In my opinion it is even better than the others. The characters are instantly alive from the opening chapters. The story line is powerful. It interweaves characters and lives,both past and present. Hilarious,with witty,succinct descriptions yet equally poignant. As we get to know these people better,we are able to understand them the more and forgive them their transgressions.

My Sister and I are completely hooked on Jenny Eclair and we have long chats about her books. I think this Novel will take readers by storm.
Please do not leave it so long for the next one and furthermore can we have her other works in Kindle format?
Read it,review it,and put on the pressure if like us you are amazed by such talent!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book, laughed and cried 20 July 2012
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Have greatly enjoyed Jenny's previous books and the new one doesn't disappoint.

A real page turner, I couldn't put it down, but did't want to finish it either. There was total realism in the unfolding stories of Anne and Jean, and unlike many books, here was one where you really cared about the characters and what happened to them.

Jenny's style is so natural, her narrative so beautifully crafted, that she is a total joy to read.

a definite five star book. Please give us more !
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Staggered 5 July 2012
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Bought for me - fantastic surprise - a reall book not chic lit - real themes - sad funny tragic- laughed cried and thought. Really original and entertaining and massively shocking at end. Her writing is far more erudite and considered than stage persona. Better and more literate than previous books. Great story and involving characters. Super stuff !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flippin' marvellous!! 9 Sep 2012
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Pitching straight into the horrors of being a middle aged woman with uncanny accuracy, Jenny Eclair's novel had me hooked from the first page. Each chapter, revealed more and more detail about the main characters. There was so much packed into the novel - I loved the way that I was taken back to the 1960s, Jean's early married life and how attitudes to women and women's attitudes and expectations were seen to shift over time. Some dark connections between mothers, sisters and daughters - as well as with husbands and sons - were brilliantly explored. The detail, humour and great storytelling kept me reading into the wee small hours. Thanks to this book, I am going to making some changes re the teenage son. A flippin' marvellous book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 21 July 2012
By Spencey
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Heard about this book on the Graham Norton radio show when Jenny Eclair was a guest. Couldn't put it down once I started. Not an over complexed story but one of those stories that you have to get to the end of and what a twist at the end - realy enjoye it. But god help any mums out there who have boys like Anne's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acute Observations 18 Aug 2012
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I devoured this book over two nights. It was totally amazing. Jenny has once again shown she has a real talent for fiction. Her acute observations of fraught family relationships, class differences and Middle Class anxieties combine beautifully with a compelling plot, deft characterisation and pathos mixed with laugh out loud funny one liners. More fiction please, Jenny. Her knack of getting her characters to voice what people fearfully leave unsaid is exceptional and shows a woman who's observational skills are immense. This book is a gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book, do not miss it 30 July 2012
By Lynne p
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I really enjoyed this ,I just could not put it down. I can't wait to read more of Jenny's books. The characters feel real and there are so many things to make you laugh and cry especially if you are of a similar age to Anne....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 25 July 2012
By Gilly
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I enjoyed this book very much, and would say that has everything in it that you could wish for, i didnt know Jenny wrote novels, but i wish she would write some more!
Very very true to a lot of womens lives,i think thats where she has scored a hit myself.
It was dark, funny, and sad in places.
Waiting for another one now!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellently written and very sad
This is extremely well written, and rather heart rending, and terrible and it made me very sad to read it, and I wish I hadn't. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
4.0 out of 5 stars This was recommended to me by a friend and so I persevered ...
This was recommended to me by a friend and so I persevered with it and was glad I did. It turned out to be a thought provoking read which I would recommend.
Published 7 days ago by Mary Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, easy read
An intriguing storyline, often amusing and an easy read. It kept my interest throughout. Some of Jenny Éclair's personality and quirkiness shone through onto the pages.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised
Whilst I like Jenny Eclair I had never been particularly drawn to read her novels and this was chosen by my book group. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kerry F
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Brilliantly written and very funny. One of my favourite books. Highly recommended. I think it would appeal to women more than men but I may be wrong.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs A Whittington
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
Really enjoyed reading this book. Lol at places. Couldn't put it down and kept me out during night feeds. Brilliant.
Published 1 month ago by mum of two
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly touching story
I loved this story. Didn't expect the twists and turns, very touching, made me laugh and cry. love jenny eclair x
Published 1 month ago by G Wheatley
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Fun and a good page turner - I lover JE other book (Camberwell Beauty) so was mega excited when this was released, got to say not as funny / good as her first book but - still an... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Suzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Yet another amazing story written by the wonderful Jenny Éclair, I waited a long time to read this one but it was definitely worth the wait
Published 1 month ago by S. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
really enjoyed it, funny but so touching. can identify with the characters, makes you think again about your relationship with your parents as adults. Would recommend!
Published 1 month ago by great game
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