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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141034416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141034416
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do before You're 30. Her debut novel "Getting Rid of Matthew' was published in 2007 and became a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller as have her 3 subsequent books 'Got You Back', 'Foursome' and 'The Ugly Sister'.
Her 5th novel Skeletons is available now in both paperback and for Kindle.
Join Jane on Twitter - @thejanefallon

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Sparkling and unpredictable (Elle)

Chick lit with an edge (Guardian)

It's gripping stuff... it's no surprise that her (Fallon's) characterisation is spot-on, or that her plots are intricate and involved. This is a great, intelligent read and I can't recommend it highly enough. (Daily Mail)

Witty, well observed and free from chick-lit clichés, Foursome will have loved-up couples everywhere questioning just how close they really are. (Heat)

Hardcore Jane Fallon fans can breathe a sigh of relief that she's penned yet another juicy novel ... this friend-cestuous love quadrangle might leave you a bit dizzy- from turning the pages so quickly! (Now)

This witty, grown up and well observed story about marriage, friendship and office politics is absolutely brilliant. (Closer!)

About the Author

Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do before You're 30. This is her third novel.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Rutter on 14 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Rebecca, Daniel. Alex, Isabel. Four best friends who met at university and end up married, having babies and living just streets away from each other. When Alex ends his marriage to Isabel, everything changes - and Rebecca is forced to acknowledge that life might never be the same again, especially when Alex gets together with Rebecca's hated colleague, Lorna.

Okay, here to start with is a comment on book covers. I'm used to my chick lit novels having pink or pastel or glittery covers. Foursome has a slightly more serious cover and I was fooled into thinking that Fallon might be covering weighty issues the way that Marian Keyes does in her books. Instead, we get a fluffy tale about a falling out between friends and how lying is BAD. And, yes, that message is hammered home.

Having got my head around the difference between cover and contents, I whipped through this soft confection of lies and lovers in less than a day. Fallon's prose is incredibly readable - she had me turning pages feverishly, even though I scoffed incredulously at most of the plot within the book.

I really enjoyed the first part of the book where the savage office relationship between Rebecca and Lorna is explored. Lorna is a hateful character, memorable, spiteful and with a fantastic turn in passive aggressive behaviour. I had the urge to throttle her, and, as far as I'm concerned, if an author makes you have a visceral reaction like that to a character then they are doing a fine job.

My problems came when Rebecca decided that, rather than tell her bosses that Lorna was going through big personal issues that kept her from work (the normal way to deal with a work issue), she decides to perform a series of lies and charades to pretend that everything is fine with Lorna's performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 July 2010
Format: Paperback
Rebecca and Daniel, Alex and Isabel have been a foursome since they were at university. Twenty years later Alex suddenly breaks up the group by leaving Isabel and precipitates a whole dynamic of change which leaves Rebecca's life suddenly very unstable and full of little and not-so-little secrets.

I really enjoyed this book as it doesn't actually revolve around simply finding a man (although there's enough of that kind of plotline here to keep things interesting). Rebecca is an interestingly flawed character and Lorna, who we love to hate for large chunks of the book, is more vulnerable than we first expect.

Fallon is excellent at manipulating our emotions and does a fine job with Rebecca who, as narrator, we at first identify with. Later, however, we are led to see around her view of life and events and start to distrust her interpretations while never abandoning her completely.

My small niggle is that I could never picture Lorna as in her 40s: the eating issues, the unfulfilled ambition, all felt like the attributes of a much younger woman. But this is a small flaw in an entertaining read which is light and fun without being too frothy and familiar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pink-Lady on 23 July 2010
Format: Paperback
What I really like about Jane Fallon's books is that her characters could be any one of us in that they have their imperfections. Also her stories have a gritty realism, rather than the fluffiness that exists in many 'chick lit' novels.

I enjoyed 'Foursome', with it's twists and turns, and seeing how the unfolding events changed the charaters within the story, as well as the dynamics of friendships that have existed for over 20 years. The problem for me is that it doesn't match 'Getting rid of Matthew' (which was an extremely good read) and I think sometimes that having such high expectations inevitably leads to disappointment. I probably would not want to read it again, but if you're looking for a good, easy read, then this is a good one to try. (And if you haven't read 'Getting rid of Matthew' I'd highly recommend it!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terry Tyler, author on 10 Dec. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
When I started reading this book I was loving it, and thought, oh yes, this will definitely be one of those up-all-night, five star books, but then it just... wasn't.

I thought Rebecca was so real, and not because she was overweight, but partly because she admitted to feeling ill towards people, particularly her co-worker, Lorna - who was a terrific character. There were so many opportunities here, to make this book really darkly, horribly amusing, with the dreadful Lorna encroaching into every corner of Rebecca's life, but then she just fell flat. By half way through I was no longer reading the book I'd enjoyed so much at the beginning. It seemed that the first third of the book was spent building up all the dilemmas and difficulties, then the second two thirds spent calming them all down again and making everything all 'nice', with very little conflict. Lorna had huge potential as anti-heroine, but it wasn't explored. There was too much detail about the ins and outs of the agency, too; I wanted to know about the relationships between the books' main characters and found myself skip reading.

Loved the writing style, just disappointed in that Ms Fallon didn't finish what she'd started. Will try another by her, though.
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By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2015
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Rebecca Morrison is a forty-year-old mother of two with a pretty good life. She has a nice, low-key but interesting job as assistant in a small theatrical, TV and film agency, an adorable husband called Dan (a family lawyer very prepared to help out with housework and cooking), gets on well with her feisty teen daughter Zoe and endearingly eccentric son William, and has a nice house in South London. And then there's Alex and Isabel, the couple who've been her and Dan's closest friends since college. The only snag is her irritating co-assistant at the agency, Lorna, who she just can't get along with. But then Alex and Isabel split up, Alex comes to Rebecca with a long-buried secret, Lorna gets promoted at work - and Alex starts dating Lorna. With Lorna now regularly in her life outside work, and ever more demanding at work due to her promotion, Rebecca's life begins to look much less perfect. Eventually she explodes, giving Lorna a piece of her mind - which turns out to have unexpected and dramatic consequences, particularly as far as Lorna and Alex, and Rebecca's relationship with Alex are concerned...

This is Fallon's third novel, and to my mind it showed definite improvements on the last two. As a former TV producer, Fallon writes about the theatrical/TV world with real knowledge and wit - even her 'imaginary' soap operas were completely believable. I also (unlike several other reviewers) didn't think that what Rebecca did during Lorna's mysterious absence was that unlikely - guilt can sometimes be a positive force for good, and I felt that Fallon portrayed Rebecca's mixture of insecurity, annoyance at Lorna and guilt at having hurt her, plus her capacity for fine work, very well. I found the work scenes utterly believable and very enjoyable.
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