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Anne-Marie Casey
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10 Oct 2013

This homage to the charm and romance of New York is a coming-of-age novel for grown-ups that will appeal to readers of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary, Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It and Melissa Bank's Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing.

When Lucy's husband loses his job and is relocated to New York, she is forced to give up her posh London life and move to a tiny Manhattan apartment. Homesick and resentful at first, Lucy soon finds herself embarking on an exhilarating new affair - no, not with her husband, although she is surprised to find they do still love each other, but with the city itself and the three women she meets at the school gates who, against all odds, become her friends.

Christy, married to a wealthy older man, questions her life choice as she fantasizes about her doorman and tries to make peace with her angry stepdaughter. Julia is a workaholic television writer who becomes convinced her family is better off without her, until a neighbour's dog makes her re-think everything. Meanwhile Robyn, bread-winning wife to an aspiring novelist, has had enough. She wants what her friends are having - even if it means an affair with at least one, if not all, of their husbands . . .

In the tradition of Melissa Bank's The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, with shades of Sex and the City, An Englishwoman in New York is the perfect coming-of-age novel for grown-ups.

This book is published in the US under the title No One Could Have Guessed the Weather

'Very smart, very savvy and very very funny' Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister

'Fabulously clever, brilliantly observed' Cathy Kelly

'Readers will find themselves on these pages and revel in the connection . . . I loved it' Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848548338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848548336
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Very smart, very savvy and very very funny' (Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister)

'Fabulously clever, brilliantly observed' (Cathy Kelly)

'Readers will find themselves on these pages and revel in the connection . . . I loved it' (Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife)

'It was sophisticated, witty, with a sharp eye for the ridiculous. I loved it!' (Katie Fforde)

Witty and sasy . . . a smart, funny book that has as its backdrop vibrant, bustling New York (Sunday Express)

Grown-up, superior chick lit: full of wit and clever observations on the cultural differences between London and New York, but also on friendship between women' (Lady)

A subversively charming debut about a group of happily imperfect New Yorkers . . . Clever and witty: the best kind of summer book (Kirkus)

AN ENGLISHWOMAN IN NEW YORK serves up a tasty dose of female bonding in the Big Apple (Sunday Times (Ireland))

Casey's characters make [An Englishwoman in New York] stand out in the canon of contemporary commercial women's fiction. Her writing is sharp and precise and brilliantly visual (Sunday Business Post)

A sophisticated and beguiling tale . . . witty and wise . . . full of quotable one liners and clever observations that manage not to obscure the considerable heart of the novel (Irish Independent)

Casey's debut leaves the reader eager for more (Publishers Weekly)

A sliding puzzle of a book . . . a quick, breezy read (New York Observer)

A witty, sophisticated piece of entertainment that doesn't insult our intelligence and isn't written for little girls . . . I read this in the garden and it was perfect (Saga)

Life at the school gates is a familiar starting point for hen-lit novels, but Casey's entertaining debut gives the scenario a twist . . . it's Lucy's slow-burn passion for her adopted town that really lights up the page (Independent)

I couldn't have loved it any more. But this book immediately (Daily Mail)

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Spot-on observant, laugh-out-loud funny, yet laced with kindness through and through, An Englishwoman in New York is the story of what happens when you grow up and realize the middle part of your story might just be your beginning . . .

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age 20 May 2013
By Mr. B. W. Haynes VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Lucy, the Englishwoman of the title is uprooted having to live New York when her husband loses his job. As with many relocating mothers, she finds it easy to make new friends at the school gates.
She finds living in New York difficult at first but eventually meets up with Julia, Christy and Robyn. All of them have a feeling in common that something in their lives is missing which leads to a journey through life where they attempt to find happiness.
A sophisticated read with an amusing twist at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars agree with all reviews 15 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback
I was so looking forward to reading this book. But it is clearly boring. I have to totaly agree with amazon reviewers. Yes it is a very nice cover with an elgant lady on. I agree with another reviewer this is not like sex and the city.It such a shame because there is not a real juicy story to An Englishwoman in New York. I agree with a reviewer I was bored to tears also reading this tedious story. The characters are dissapointing you could not relate to any of them in any way. Lucy meets three friends at the school gate. Julia is a workaholic television writer. Robyn has afffairs with married men. Christy is married with twins to a much older man. For me I would not even class this as chic lit. The only thing I did find are a few funny lines. My apologies to the author. But I am sure a lot of fans that like reading will enjoy this novel. No reader should be put of from any book reviews about any books as all readers like different novels. I have lots of book reviews on ireadnovels.wordpress.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An English woman in New York 1 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Read this after a review in the Daily Mail. Bit disappointed that the story jumps more to the friends the main character - the English woman - makes. Would have preferred to have more of the focus on her adventures in a fab city. Easy if a bit slow read. Don't trust the Daily Mail!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard Work 26 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Too disjointed for me and very hard work to read. The characters are not very loveable and the story never really got going.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Englishwoman in New York 25 Nov 2013
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Lucy moves to New York with her husband and two children when things go pear-shaped for them in the UK. She is discontented with her life in their tiny apartment but she has good friends - Julia, Christy and Robyn - all of whom have their problems. The book starts off with Lucy but it is also told from the point of view of the other three and the reader gets a different view of Lucy through the eyes of the other main characters.

The book started off well and I got quite into it wondering what was going to happen to them all and how Lucy would deal with falling in love with a city. Unfortunately for me the book went flat about half way through and I struggled to read the second half and felt the ending was very contrived and didn't really follow on from the first half of the book.

If you want a light read about making good in another country then you may enjoy this. It wasn't really for me though I did enjoy the first half of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read 15 May 2013
By Alison Petrie VINE VOICE
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Anything with "New York" in the title will always grab my attention and it would seem that Ms Casey is also a fellow fan of the city.

Lucy, the main character, doesn't initially want to move to New York when her husband is relocated but she falls for the city and makes friends with ladies that she meets when doing the school run. Not the usual formula for such books in that each chapter is about a different woman, and how her life interacts with the other characters, but Ms Casey in her first novel has created a very easy read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 16 April 2013
By Cath B VINE VOICE
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Despite the awful cover, this was actually an enjoyable book that's slightly above your standard chick-lit. It follows a group of disparate women in New York. Each chapter focuses on a different woman and her particular set of issues, which seep into each other's lives. It's entertaining and well written and an easy read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bland 20 July 2013
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I am being generous with 3 stars as although I didn't enjoy it I cannot deny that it's a well written book if you like this kind of thing.
For me there was no real story, nothing that got you wanting to read the next chapter to see what happens next.There was very little interaction between the 3 main characters, it was almost like small vignettes about their lives.
If you are expecting (as I was) a story about three mothers coming together and how their lives intertwine and affect each other then this is not the book for you (or me).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Disappointed, started ok but then became tedious.
Published 12 days ago by MR PETER M CHILDS
5.0 out of 5 stars gre
I thought this novel was going to be reminiscent of ‘sex in the city’, it wasn’t but it’s still a great fun read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by xenofan
1.0 out of 5 stars Puerile
Don't bother. The author obviously thinks that by having a glamorous cover and using a smattering of long words you will be fooled into thinking this is better than a chick-lit -... Read more
Published 5 months ago by essjay1
2.0 out of 5 stars An Englishwoman in New York
This book was given a tremendously good review in the Daily Mail, but it didn't really live up to the praise: maybe it's a question of the reader's taste of subject.
Published 5 months ago by Nige
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky
There are half a dozen loosely connected short stories about women, mostly with families, in New York and one of the women is English. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A_liberal_mind
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all light and frothy - quite insightful
I won a copy of this book in a competition hosted by @weekendreads on twitter so it's seems only appropriate that it is my first official review. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Crooksonbooks
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title
Like many others, I decided to read this after a wonderful review in the Daily Mail. It's mainly a mummy-angst novel, and I suppose it would resonate with some 40-something women... Read more
Published 5 months ago by michelle ann
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but hard going
This book is very cleverly written, however some might find it too clever. It's not really a book you could put down, not because of the great read but because you'd completely... Read more
Published 6 months ago by David A. Nash
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read
It was recommended by the Daily Mail in a book review, so thought it would be worth buying to read, so ordered and paid quite a bit for it, but although intelligently written, it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by westburygirl
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea, pretty bland
This book is dull dull dull, with a capitol D. I only got to chapter four before abandoning it.It has little to say and little style.
Published 7 months ago by bev 19
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