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Immaculate Conceit Paperback – 7 Dec 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; First (10987654321) edition (7 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340770015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340770016
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,832,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stella Duffy was born in London and grew up in New Zealand. She has written thirteen novels, over fifty short stories, and ten plays. In addition to her writing work, she is also a theatre director and performer. She lives in London.

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'Witty, punchy and refreshingly irreverent. It would make the perfect Christmas present for a lapsed Catholic or a radical nun' Michael Arditti, Independent

Witty, punchy and refreshingly irreverent. It would make the perfect Christmas present for a lapsed Catholic or a radical nun (Michael Arditti, Independent)

'Duffy updates the traditional Bible story in ways which are knowing, wise, funny and finger-on-the-pulse contemporary ... Under Duffy's minutely observant gaze, the miracle of an immaculate conception ... becomes the frame for a sharp-edged satire about mental health and ownership of the body...There are moments - particularly at the end when Sofia falls in love with her divine mixed-race child - of wonder and beauty, which give an unexpected end to a witty, funky tale of divine intervention. Although much in the novel is subversive, mother-love, even with a twist, is still the biggest miracle of all' Tina Jackson, Big Issue

Knowing, wise, funny and finger-on-the-pulse contemporary ... a witty, funky tale of divine intervention. (Tina Jackson, Big Issue)

Stella Duffy is a wickedly astute and funny observer of modern life ... a brilliant and very funny update of the Immaculate Conception brought sharply into the 21st Century (Rachel Lamb, Southern Daily Echo)

'Duffy looks into the redemptive nature of self-discovery' Judith Flanders, Red Books of the Month

Witty, well observed and with cracking dialogue, Immaculate Conceit cements Duffy's reputation as a writer who confronts important issues with a supremely funny touch (Woman's Journal)

'Stella Duffy is a wickedly astute and funny observer of modern life ... a brilliant and very funny update of the Immaculate Conception brought sharply into the 21st Century with a modern woman facing more than just the miracle of pregnancy...it's well worth a read this Christmas' Rachel Lamb, Southern Daily Echo

'Witty, well observed and with cracking dialogue, Immaculate Conceit cements Duffy's reputation as a writer who confronts important issues with a supremely funny touch - and Sofia's between-the-sheets action with Gabriel is beautifully written and pretty hot stuff, too.' Woman's Journal

A sharp, witty and original page-turner (Company)

The writing is fast and sassy, full of contemporary cultural references and cute one-liners ... unashamedly fun and outrageous (Glasgow Herald)

'The stylish, hilarious tale of lap dancer Sofia forced to reassess her lifestyle when she unwillingly becomes pregnant with the new Messiah' Allan Radcliffe, The List

'Lap-dancer Sofia is happy with her lot. When she's not strutting her stuff she 's partying and getting single-girl sex from her ex. Then the Angel Gabriel appears to tell her she's pregnant...with the Messiah. An emotional roller coaster follows as Sofia tries to come to terms with it, and falls in love with Mr Totally Untouchable, the Angel Gabriel himself, to boot ... A sharp, witty and original page-turner' Company

Packed with shrewd and witty observation (Mail on Sunday)

there are real belly laughs throughout...touching, funny and relevant to women everywhere. (Irish World)

'The writing is fast and sassy, full of contemporary cultural references and cute one-liners ... unashamedly fun and outrageous' Glasgow Herald

'Touching, funny and relevant to women everywhere ... [a] humourous and original offering' Maureen O'Donnell, Irish World

'Brilliant' New Woman

'Fantastic' B Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

With irresistible irreverence Stella Duffy transposes The Virgin Birth to the 21st Century to shine a light on contemporary relationships. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Lap dancer Sofia is quite content with her life. Living upstairs from her ex-boyfriend, partying, boozing and snorting coke, she is visited one night by an Angel called Gabriel. He informs that the she is pregnant with the next Messiah. ‘Immaculate Conceit’ takes us through her journey through depression, her addictions and her coming to terms with being a Mum and of course her new founded relationship with a modern day smoking, drinking Angel. The book is light-hearted, swiftly skimming the surface of the root causes of Sofia’s psychological problems: the perfectionist parents, her relationship to her body and her fear of shopping. Duffy this time, has unfortunately created a two-dimensional character with little substance. Enjoyable to read and mildly humorous, it is however, not a book from which you come away feeling as though you have eaten a five-course meal. Reading this book is more like eating a packet of crisps to ward off your hunger, whilst waiting for the pasta to finish cooking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Sept. 2001
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The idea of the new Messiah being born from a lap dancer was fascinating. I enjoyed the book and the questions it had me asking. I like the way Duffy refered to the "First Mother". The one thing I thought would have been better was the intimate scenes with Gabriel. I would have thought that the sex would have been more... illuminating?
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I'm not sure what I was expecting, having read the outstanding 'Singling Out The Couples' and the more 'down to earth' Saz Martin series. Initially I was put off by the religious overtones and the seemingly implausible plot. However I stuck with it and was rewarded with many a chuckle. Duffy has an incredible power of observation and you'll find yourself identifying (against your will) with some of the characteristics of the main characters. There is an underlying theme of a woman coming to terms with who she is, against a back drop of a fantastical scenario of her being chosen to be the mother of the new Messiah. Don't read it if you are likely to be offended by the religious connotations. Not as good as 'Singling Out the Couples' but entertaining, observational and addictive all the same.
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Immaculate Conceite, c'est l'histoire de Sophia, danseuse dans un club, qui approche la trentaine et vit en collocation avec son ex devenu meilleur ami. Elle se réveille une nuit et découvre un homme assis au pied de son lit. Cet homme, c'est l'Ange Gabriel venu lui announcer qu'elle est celle qui mettra au monde le nouveau messie. Mais Sofia n'est pas très à l'aise dans son nouveau rôle de Vierge Marie (son goût prononcé pour l'alcool, la drogue et les parties de jambes en l'air n'arrangent rien à l'affaire). C'est un roman très très drôle et l'humour de Stella Duffy est d'autant plus pertinent qu'il est sur des sujets qui ne portent pas à rire : acception de soi, des autres, du sort.
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