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Julia Gets a Life [Kindle Edition]

Lynne Barrett-Lee
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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When Julia's husband has an affair with local siren Rhiannon de Laney, she feels as if her world is falling apart. Once the arguments have abated, and her husband has moved out, Julia realises she's well and truly on her own, a single parent with two teenage children, a bad haircut and no idea of what to do or where to go next. Gradually, however, Julia begins to recognise the benefits of being single: it's the chance to meet new people and make new friends, change her hairstyle, throw out her old clothes, experiment with a new image, resurrect her photography career, travel the country with a boy band and, in short, rediscover herself outside the context of loyal wife and dutiful mother. She also rediscovers the joys of dating. After a few false starts, she finds herself learning more about the talents, musical and otherwise, of the lead singer of Britain's most famous band. Julia's certainly got herself a life you wonder whether it is the kind of existence she wants to live permanently, or whether her ailing marriage is worth saving. Light-hearted, humorous and at times surprising, Julia's battles with this age-old dilemma prove instantly recognisable yet highly entertaining, with a twist in the tale that may surprise or perplex. --Emily Lowson

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When Julia's husband has an affair with local siren Rhiannon de Laney, she feels as if her world is falling apart. Once the arguments have abated, and her husband has moved out, Julia realises she's well and truly on her own, a single parent with two teenage children, a bad haircut and no idea of what to do or where to go next. Gradually, however, Julia begins to recognise the benefits of being single: it's the chance to meet new people and make new friends, change her hairstyle, throw out her old clothes, experiment with a new image, resurrect her photography career, travel the country with a boy band and, in short, rediscover herself outside the context of loyal wife and dutiful mother. She also rediscovers the joys of dating. After a few false starts, she finds herself learning more about the talents, musical and otherwise, of the lead singer of Britain's most famous band. Julia's certainly got herself a life you wonder whether it is the kind of existence she wants to live permanently, or whether her ailing marriage is worth saving. Light-hearted, humorous and at times surprising, Julia's battles with this age-old dilemma prove instantly recognisable yet highly entertaining, with a twist in the tale that may surprise or perplex. --Emily Lowson

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 407 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1905170408
  • Publisher: Accent Press (21 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NXCA18
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lynne Barrett-Lee was born in London in 1959 and is married with three children. She has always written in her spare time, and planned early on to be the next Martin Amis or Ian McEwan. Sadly, neither of these eventualities looked like happening any time, ever, but, undeterred, she did begin to achieve publishing success in the mid 90s, as a writer of both articles and short stories for women's magazines, almost all of which have published her work over the years.

Her first romantic comedy, JULIA GETS A LIFE, was published by Bantam in 2000 and she has since written five further novels in her own name, as well as one, WILD ABOUT HARRY, under her pseudonym, Daisy Jordan. Her 2006 novel, BAREFOOT IN THE DARK, was shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for comedy romance, and might well have won (she likes to think), had Marian Keyes not been shortlisted too.

More recently, after an unexpected offer, she turned her hand to ghostwriting, co-writing the acclaimed NEVER SAY DIE with the incredible Melanie Davies, which was published in 2009, to great reviews.She has since ghosted several best-selling non-fiction titles, including GIANT GEORGE, Life with the World's Biggest Dog, and the recent Sunday Times Bestseller, THE BABY LAUNDRY. She also ghosts a major non-fiction series of memoirs for one of the UK's leading publishers.

As well as penning books, lynne writes a weekly column for Wales' Western Mail Weekend Magazine, is a regular guest on BBC Radio Wales, and has also written two titles for the Quick Reads series of books for adult learner readers - one ghosted for TV presenter Fiona Phillips. She also teaches creative writing at Cardiff University.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and thoughtful, but mostly fun 11 Aug 2012
By Mrs. K. A. P. Wright TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. It follows a well-worn path with lots of originality and humour. Julia's husband admits that he has been unfaithful after walking a neighbour back from a meeting at their house. Julia is horrified, hurt and angry but that is nothing to her fury when he confesses that it is the second time that it has happened. She throws him out and starts to rebuild her life with varied success.

She recognises that despite the feelings of anger and betrayal she is ambivalent about her feelings, because there are good points about being single as well as bad. She gets an opportunity to extend her work as a freelance photographer which complicates her life but really boosts her self-esteem.

This book looks at quite major questions in a very gentle way - love - betrayal - fidelity - loyalty - without ducking the issues, but the touch is light and funny. Things happen to Julia that don't very often happen to recently betrayed wives, but the writer's skill is such that these events seem quite normal and don't jar.

It's a good story with likeable and credible characters. It involves you, makes you laugh and leaves you in a good mood.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, pacy and easy to read 17 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
One that is great to read over a weekend. You can relate to many of the characters and only hope that you would have as much fun and ignore the children in the same situation. Loved the lists and the relationship with Julia's teacher ! It's only problem was that when reading it in company of others, it's annoying for them when you keep laughing out loud. It's not often that I do that with a book
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous 22 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Finally! A book about the perils, trials, tribulations and eventual success of a single women - one with a heroine who is intelligent, and not some lost petite thing in a nothing job in London. I loved Bridget Jones and similar, but liked Julia more: she's gutsy, honest and a "pull your socks up and get on with it even though life can suck" kind of woman. She's not invincible, but then none of us are, and that's what I loved. Definately a laugh out loud read. At one point others requested I leave the room while I was reading the book! Can't wait for more.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pace, pace, pace! 6 Sep 2000
Format:Paperback
That's what this book has - in gallons. It dashes along at a frenetic rate (rather like Lynne, herself) so by the end, you feel it has whizzed past you in a blur - exactly as you suspect Julia, the heroine, must feel herself about what happens to her in the novel. Economy of words, no doubt learn as a result of honing the many magazine stories Lynne has had published, gives the book an in-your-face feel - we are never distracted from the action by huge passages of descriptions of scenery which is totally right for this book. The whole story is told from Julia's viewpoint, the reader is right inside her head - and, for the most part, scenery passes her by and so it must pass us by too. This style evokes total empathy with Julia and the reader cannot help but care what happens to her. The end is worthy of any twist in the tale story - kept right to the last sentence... turning all the readers assumptions on their heads. If you're looking for a fast, furious and fun read - this is it!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a novel about love, death, redemption, the costs and joys of parenthood, and reclaiming one's inner child.......no, scratch that drivel......this is a book about Cardiff, Croydon, Sainsbury's, offal, forgetting to act one's age, and coming out, and for every woman who has ever dreamed of being that rock star groupie ushered into the inner sanctums of arenas and music festivals, VIP tags flapping. Oh, and for anyone who has ever spent an hour/evening/weekend/lifetime saying "yes, mum" absently while their mind was completely engaged elsewhere. Except that you don't need to know anything about any of these to enjoy this totally brilliant and engaging book. Julia's new life and exploits are so entirely fabulous and MEGA, but yet so utterly believable, that we can all live vicariously through her while feeling throughout just the tiniest bit sorry for poor deluded Richard. I read most of this on the porch in sunny San Diego, G&T (OK, several) in hand, and was transported back home to the UK in a moment. A totally fresh voice and one of the funniest books I've read in a long time; Julia Potter will be with me for quite a while. Not advisable for those who should be doing the washing/making packed lunches/doing the ironing/darning socks/cleaning the loo, unless you can get an au pair in for a day or two. Hence, the perfect holiday read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline 12 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great story with very believable characters. Julia is quite humourous and has a lot of realistic moments i'm sure many women could relate to. I was lucky enough to pick this up as a free read but would have been happy to pay for it, will be reading more from this author definately :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable, hilarious, a major new talent 9 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It's hard to believe this is a debut novel. Lynne Barrett-Lee arrives on the scene with a female narrative voice as strong and idiosyncratic as Nick Hornby's is for the other sex - only much funnier. A wildly comic book, with a plot whose breakneck speed is never slowed by the dozens of sly observations upon modern suburban life and relationships which pepper the way, Julia Gets A Life will appeal to any woman who's ever been let down by a man. Julia is an endearing heroine who not only gets a life, but her own back too, and manages to fulfil every fortyish woman's favourite sexual fantasy into the bargain. A book which actually deserves that over-used word, unputdownable. I read it in two sittings and can't wait for Barrett-Lee's next, she's a major new talent.
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