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Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes [Kindle Edition]

Sue Watson
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Book Description

Can you really make a living from indulging in your dreams?

TV Producer Stella Weston is over worked, overweight and under fire. Having battled uphill for years to balance her career with her family life, she is repaid by being put out to pasture on a religious gardening programme – complete with a nervous vicar, his nymphomaniac wife, and 22 stone Britney wannabe gardener, Gerald.

In the past, comfort has always been found at the bottom of her mixing bowl, but when even the most delicious lemon sponge with zesty frosting cannot save the day, Stella decides enough is enough.

However, finding the courage to quit is sometimes the easy part. Can you really turn a passion into a profession? Does more time at home actually give you a happier family life? Are men truly from Mars or another universe altogether?

Stella has to roll up her sleeves and find out – when the going gets tough, the tough get baking....

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Overweight TV producer Stella hates the gardening programme she works - on after all, it involves a timid vicar, his sex mad wife and an obese gardener. Stressed and fed up as her life collapses around her, she focuses on her passion for baking and wonders whether she can turn it into a career. However, what follows is a series of comical disasters. You want to devour this smart and fabulously funny read in one go! --Closer

The right work-life balance is something TV producer Stella Weston has worked hard to perfect. But with a boss bent on sabotaging her career and her loving family feeling increasingly neglected, she turns to the one thing she knows she can get right: baking cakes. Don't read this on an empty stomach! --Now magazine

Naughty but nice: A sparky, funny debut novel that combines a cute chick-lit tale with cake recipes. What's not to like about that? Can TV producer Stella find salvation in the bottom of a baking tin and be happy once more? --Bella

A funny, well-written look at whether you can turn a passion into a profession, with lots of hilarious dates, mishaps and angst woven in...I really enjoyed it. --The Daily Mail

Naughty but nice: A sparky, funny debut novel that combines a cute chick-lit tale with cake recipes. What's not to like about that? Can TV producer Stella find salvation in the bottom of a baking tin and be happy once more? --Bella

About the Author

Sue Watson was born in Manchester long ago and after attending Manchester Polytechnic and hanging around the Hacienda for far too long, moved to London to seek fame and fortune. She found neither, but had a wonderful time working as a journalist on tabloid newspapers and womens magazines. Moving into Television, Sue became a Producer with the BBC and worked on garden makeovers, kitchen takeovers and daytime sofas all the time making copious notes so that one day she might escape to the country and turn it all into a book. Sue still has the notes and now writes novels in Worcestershire, where she lives with husband Nick, daughter Eve, two cats and a rather glamorous goldfish.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 798 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Rickshaw Publishing; 1 edition (3 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L92JB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,893 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sue Watson was a TV Producer with the BBC who combined motherhood and family life with a busy career. However, one day it dawned on Sue that Cosmo magazine may have been telling porkies about 'having it all,' and her life had become a slightly crazed juggling act.

So after much soul searching (and comfort eating) Sue abandoned her TV career, bought a pink laptop and wrote 'Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes.' It was then Sue realised she couldn't stop writing and produced 'Younger, Thinner, Blonder' 'Love, Lies and Lemon Cake' and 'Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake,' and her latest, 'Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams.'

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where she bakes (and eats) lots of cake. She spends much of her time making big decisions about whether to have Caramel Chew Chew or Peanut Butter ice cream (or both?) while watching 'The Biggest Loser USA,' and procrastinating over her latest novel.

For more info visit Sue's website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/

Sue would love to meet you on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/suewatsonbooks

Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still giggling about the vicar's randy wife! 19 Oct. 2011
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I don't usually read chicklit, but a friend recommended this to me so I thought I'd give it a try. I was hooked from the very first page. I loved the idea of the vicar's randy wife which made me laugh out loud. I also liked the backdrop of the crazy world of daytime TV and its larger-than-life characters. As a working mum, the main character, Stella, and her feelings of constantly being pulled in all directions really resonated with me. But what I really liked about the book was that it had both humour and pathos. A cracking debut novel and I look forward to reading more by the same author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes 3 May 2012
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I was seriously disappointed when i finished this book :) i wanted it to carry on because i was enjoying every page so much º. The book has brought to life the main character making her so real that certain things she does is exactly how you would react and think in the situations. I found myself wanting to share snippets from the book with family and friends, especially the moments when i sat laughing out loud as my husband watched a boring film. This book is a chick flick in paperback form. I fully recommend this book if you want to giggle, feel every emotion going and enjoy a bit of cake!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A absolute joy to read! 8 Oct. 2011
Format:Paperback
Fat Girls & Fairy Cakes by Sue Watson won me over in the first couple of pages.

It centres on Stella Weston, who works as a TV producer with the boss from hell. I was laughing out loud at so much of the story, from the goings-on on location in Rochdale while filming the religious gardening programme, to the disastrous encounters with Diego the doctor, and the numerous clever one-liners.

The story has some very touching moments, too. Stella's marriage is rocky, she struggles to make a success of a new venture and troubles beset her closest friends. But Sue Watson handles these aspects with great warmth, leading her main character through the serious stuff, and eventually out the other side.

An absolute joy to read, Fat Girls & Fairy Cakes is one of those books that you just don't want to end.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed every page! 14 Oct. 2011
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Having read rave reviews about Sue Watson's debut novel Fat Girls & Fairy Cakes I couldn't wait to get stuck in and see if it
walked the walk! It doesn't just walk, it positively struts!

We begin the story with Stella Weston, working in the TV industry, married to Tom, mother to Grace. Stella is always rushed off her feet, pulled in every direction and as many a working mother is, weighed down by guilt for not always being there for her family.

Life for Stella is turned upside down when she has to deal with problems both at home and work. The novel follows Stella's path to dealing with, accepting and overcoming these life changing events. With the help of her best friends and colleagues, Lizzie and Al, Stella gradually discovers that another love of her life, cake, could actually be her salvation.

I really enjoyed reading Fat Girls & Fairy Cakes, not only was it funny with some lovely colourful characters, Al being a favourite of mine, but it was touching and sometimes sad. However, the less happy themes are dealt with in keeping with the overall light hearted tone of the book. Stella is great and you can't help cheering her on as she gradually discovers and rediscovers herself.

The supporting cast were fun too, MJ loved hating her, Tom who made me sad, best friend Lizzie being a real BBF, Al funny, catty but lovely, Seb pragmatic and reliable, sweet little Grace who has an old head on young shoulders and not forgetting Stella's dizzy mum. This is the sort of book you could easily envisage seeing on the big screen.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Fat Girls & Fairy Cakes to anyone who wants an entertaining read and for all cake lovers; there are some great recipes at the end of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 12 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I found i was laughing out loud with this book whilst i was lying on a lounger. I was getting some strange looks.

This is about a lady called Stella who is happily married to Tom and have a daughter called Grace. She would be happy if she wasnt overworked all the time as a TV producer and has a boss from hell.

When pushed by her boss to go on to a down and out religous gardening programme. Too everyone surprise after a live show that could not go right from the beginning the ratings are very high. But for Stella her boss finds away to get her suspended. Stella can not take anymore and decides enough is enough and leaves.

Then she finds out that her husband been hiding something from her.

Desperate for money can her passion for making cakes become a career.

This is very funny book, can not wait for another book by Sue Watson
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fairy cakes 6 July 2012
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fab fab fab other reviewers sum this book up really as it was a fab read very entertaining was alittle slow at first but if you stay with it you will be pleased you did i certainly am. it
had you laughing out load throughout.. it also had some more serious parts which brought the odd tear to your eyes.. but all in all i loved it and would truly reommend to anyone looking for a real good chick lit.ENJOY
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously Funny Debut! 8 Jun. 2012
By Pand71
Format:Paperback
I tend not to read 'chick lit' books these days because I've been there and done it - I've moved on I guess. So when my husband bought me this for christmas, I didn't jump for joy, but I did feel an instant intrigue towards its cover and towards 'Rickshaw Publishing' who I hadn't heard off....after this success I imagine that will change! Anyway, I finished it last week and it was a breath of fresh air to me. It lightened my mood, made my stomach flip with excitement when it was time to hop into bed with it and I laughed and cried (once only because I'm hard) lol! I was gutted when it was finished. Sue has a real North West humour and as a Liverpuddlian, I totally got it. We've also all worked with bitches during our time so there's probably not a woman amongst us that couldn't related to Stella's dilema in the book. I predicted a slightly different ending but I think the one we got was more realistic and less pie in the sky which is where a lot of books of this genre end up. Congratulations Sue. Brilliant Work!
PS not slagging the genre, I'm just saying that some chick lit can be absolutely predictable but this one was not!
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