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Lucky Girl [Paperback]

Fiona Gibson
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Book Description

14 Dec 2006
A captivating feel-good story about family ties, and the wonderful things that can happen when you allow new people, and unexpected events, to change your life.

Lucky Girl is an uplifting story about a 30 year old woman whose life is changed for the better when two little girls move in next door. Having had a troubled childhood herself, (losing her mum at a very young age, being neglected by her father) Stella has closeted herself away as an adult. But her two young neighbours, with their curious questions and constant visiting, force her to look back on her childhood, discover some home truths and make her realise that she must look forward and live life to the full.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (14 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340838337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340838334
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Fiona Gibson is the author of six novels, including Mum on the Run and The Great Escape, both published by Avon. She grew up in a Yorkshire village called Goose Eye, before working on Jackie and Just Seventeen magazines - in those heady pre-internet days when it was pretty exciting to get a free plastic mirror taped to the front of your magazine. A complete mag addict, Fiona went on to edit More! magazine, where she introduced the infamous Position of the Fortnight. After having her twin sons and daughter, she started to write fiction, usually at night with the house full of toddlers and builders. It was a sort of escape.

After spending her twenties in London, Fiona now lives in Lanarkshire, Scotland. When she's not writing, she's usually walking or running with her collie cross, Jack, whilst trying to wrestle her plotlines into some semblance of order. She's a pretty poor speller but loves nothing better than starting a brand new book. It's the middle part that's the tricky bit.

Under the byline Fiona Foden, Fiona also writes children's novels for Scholastic - Life Death & Gold Leather Trousers (2011) and Cassie's Crush (July 2012). She has finally learnt how to bake cakes.

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'Lovely, heartwarming, immensely readable'

(Jenny Colgan)

'Addictive' (Company magazine on WONDERBOY)

'Fans of rueful social comedy will chortle.' (Elle magazine on WONDERBOY 2005-01-01)

'A funny, warm, compelling and wonderfully observed novel, hilarious to singletons and mothers alike' (Marie Claire on BABYFACE 2005-01-01)

'A fantastic debut. More than funny, it's true' (Louise Bagshawe on BABYFACE 2005-01-01)

'Enthralling. Gibson's original voice is at once comic and accurate' (Adele Parks on BABYFACE 2005-01-01)

About the Author

Fiona Gibson is a freelance journalist who was previously the editor of More! magazine. She is the mother of three small children and lives in Lanarkshire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read - lucky find! 9 Mar 2007
Stella Moon's life is all sorted out - not exactly perfect and not exactly as she might have wanted it, but it's safe and familiar. Then two girls and their mum move in next door and start to disrupt Stella's life with their insistent friendship and demands. On top of that Stella needs to unravel her past - her relationship with her once famous celebrity chef father. The details in the novel are all great - the nostalgic feel of the 70s flashbacks - the food, the clothes, the TV; the fact that the girls' mum is a bit chaotic and a Queen fan; the little recipes Stella's dad sent to show he loved her in the only way he could.

It could have been just a story about a modern woman looking for love - Stella's last boyfriend was unfaithful and she's nervous about new relationships - but the background detail about all the characters lifts it from being an ordinary chick lit novel into a book which gives you those flashes of recognition - whether it's thinking about the past, or thinking about how to get started on a relationship, or how to get out of one when people get too close. All the characters are alive and real and interesting and grab your attention and sympathy. And it's funny - lots of good bits about the cringy 70s and when the girls intrude on Stella's life or when her dad tries to make a TV comeback. Read it - you'll really enjoy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky readers! 12 Jun 2006
I adore Fiona Gibson's writing - her style is utterly unique, totally true to life, acutely observent, and often heartbreaking in its detail. It's such a brilliant antidote to all the boring, formula chick-lit that's around! Her plots aren't the sort that will surprise or shock you with sudden twists - it's more like you get woven into the lives of her characters and they carry you along with them as their lives unfold. I loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I should be so lucky 26 May 2006
I was swept along with the evocative and sensitive story of Stella Moon. On one hand a modern tale about a single woman trying to find comfort in the world, on the other, an insight to life as the long-suffering daughter of Frankie, celebrity chef. As the book weaves its path to a surprising climax, the family's secrets are revealed and Stella discovers that love isn't always plain sailing. Totally compelling and beautifully observed, Gibson is a rare talent. Finally, an author who writes about life as it truly is.

Julia, London
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By Wendy V
I loved this evocative story of Stella Moon's seaside childhood with her fading-star of a father, TV chef Frankie, and her preoccupied, pill-popping mother, which is cleverly interwoven with the story of her current life. At the start of the book Stella is single-and-adrift following the sudden departure of a live-in boyfriend. In the vacuum he leaves, she is befriended by her new neighbour's children. Pretty-much invisible to their mother, they are an uncomfortable reminder to Stella of the kind of casual neglect that she and her brother experienced in their own childhoods (the title Lucky Girl is ironic, because Stella is struggling as an adult to emerge from Frankie's shadow and feel comfortable in her own skin).

Poignant, atmospheric, and uplifting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiona Gibson's best yet! 26 April 2007
I've read all of Fiona Gibson's novels, but I enjoyed Stella Moon's story the most. All the relationships in this book are excellently observed, but I felt the way Fiona handled Stella's emotions towards her ex boyfriend was spot on. A funny, warm read... with great recipes thrown in for good measure. I've recommended this book to everyone I know.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Adopt a family for an Lucy girl 6 April 2013
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The ending seemed a little abrupt ...however I enjoyed the style of writing . The story line drifted back and forth
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4.0 out of 5 stars any more of this and i will shop elsewhere 23 Mar 2013
By gwilmo
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