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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (17 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340921250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340921258
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fiona Walker lives in Worcestershire with her partner and two children plus an assortment of horses and dogs. Visit Fiona's webste at www.fionawalker.com

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'A rompalong tale . . . you won't be disappointed.' (Good Housekeeping on TONGUE IN CHEEK)

'Fun' (Heat on TONGUE IN CHEEK)

'This will make you want to bin your kitten heels and dig out some wellies' (Company on LOTS OF LOVE)

'Well plotted and a satisfying read' (Cosmopolitan on LOTS OF LOVE)

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The scandalous rural romp from 1.5 million selling chick lit queen Fiona Walker

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Sichert on 19 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Although this isn't the best book I have read by Fiona Walker, it's certainly well worth a read. There were times I felt annoyed at the characters, and had to resist the urge to shout at them to stop faffing about. But overall an enjoyable read. I also enjoyed finding out what was happening with the characters in the previous two books.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mastikate on 13 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
So I spent the money and bought Fiona Walker's latest even though after reading the last two releases I said I wouldn't. There won't be a next time. I have read all her books, and her early ones were fabulous but this Oddlode series is dire.

Not only is the plot dull, the writing is lazy and the characters poorly developed. I was in a constant state of confusion about who was feeling what and why, and there is so much waffling, especially early on, I found myself bored. Not something I can say has occured previously with her books.

Not only that, I found one blatant error and another sentence which made absolutely no sense at all.

Please, if you havent read Fiona Walker at all, skip the Oddlode series and try French Relations, Well Groomed, Snap Happy or any of the other early ones.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Katie H on 16 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Reluctantly I think it's now time for me to give up on Fiona Walker. I absolutely loved her early books but the last three have been diabolical. I really tried to get into this one but gave up halfway through - a first for me. There are simply too many better books out there to waste precious reading time on this one.

Fiona seems to have changed from a witty relaxed style into a poor imitation of Jilly Cooper, down to the Cotswolds setting, the spoiled rich kids and the ridiculous and pretentious character names. I'm sorry but it all just got on my nerves.

If you're new to Fiona Walker I highly recommend her early books, just give the most recent three a wide berth!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By istara on 28 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Like other early novels by Fiona Walker, Four Play begins with strong elements of an early Jilly Cooper novel (think Polo or The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous). Sadly the cast of characters is too bottom heavy - with far too many unrealistically beautiful young people (~20-25) who all unconvincingly claim all the time to be passionately in love with one another.

The ending of the book is just bizarre. It bears no resemblance whatsoever to the blurb (Flipper hiding "a secret" - what was it?) and the circumstances in which the two completely obvious lovers eventually unite are sour and complicated. In a light-hearted romance novel one at least wants a clean happy ending; but this is just a mess.

The older characters are not well drawn or developed. The plot is shallow, poorly driven, and its denouement (if one can legitimately call it a denouement, it was more a straggled series of non-revelations and muddled events) greatly unsatisfying.

Ultimately you end up not caring about any of the characters in this book, young or old. That's the main problem. They are pretty much without exception unsympathetic and unbelievable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Hudson on 25 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Have just finished Four Play and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a much better read than 'Lots of Love' and 'Tongue in Cheek'. The characters are easier to like and as you recognise so many from the previous two books you feel like you know them. I am also a huge fan of Fiona Walker's earlier books and would love for another 'French Relations' or 'Kiss Chase' I say don't give up on her yet as you never know... a new Tash might be just around the corner!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Walker on 14 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Not sure what has happened to Fiona Walker's books of late as this one was very disappointing and took me a long time to get into and even longer than normal to finish. However, it wouldn't stop me looking forward to her next one as I think she is a normally fabulous author who just happened to maybe have hit a bad run.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Dj Sanderson on 7 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I totally disagree with everyone who has badly rated this book so far. I am about two chapters from the end and oh.my.word I can't put it down!!My family members feel abandoned. I love the characters and am totally in love with Magnus and Dilly. This is the first book of Fiona Walkers I have read and I will certainly be reading more.Bring on more fab books Fiona Walker!.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bellydancer on 7 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I really like Fiona Walker's books and have read all of them. Especially the first books around Tash, Phoebe and June were very entertaining, but

I must say that her last 3 novels have been really disappointing.

The storyline of all 3 books takes place in the same ODD village of ODDlode with its ODD inhabitants. If "Lots of Love" already seemed to be something like a fairy tale with the prince on the white horse rescuing the heroine at the end, the second book of this trilogy, "Tongue in Cheek", was nothing more than a boring continuation of the first book, only with some rather unpleasant protagonists (Diana and Pod!!!). But "Four Play" is particularly tiresome. It seems to me that Ms Walker is unnecessarily stretching out the story around some well known (but not always very likeable) characters by just adding a few more. The plot is foreseeable and it took me quite some effort to finish reading the book. The "silly Dilly" just goes on my nerves, Magnus is simply too good to be true and her "friends" Flipper and Nell are too bad to be believed.

Like some of the other reviewers I think that it's high time for Fiona Walker to leave the countryside and return to urban circles!
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