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Isabel Wolff
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2 Aug 1999

The sparkling new romantic comedy novel by the author of THE TRIALS OF TIFFANY TROTT.

Everyone likes radio reporter Minty – she’s so terribly nice. But being nice doesn’t save her from being jilted at the very altar by her attractive but domineering fiancé Dominic. Ditched rather than hitched, a shocked Minty takes stock, and, on her husbandless honeymoon, she vows to become just a little less ‘nice’. Joined by her fiery cousin Amber, whom no one could describe as sweet-natured, Minty sets out on a Quest for the Self, in which she will finally learn how to say ‘No’.

But Dominic’s devastating desertion has left her with an unhealed wound. For if the man she loved could do that to her, then how can any man be trusted? But then Minty stumbles upon the real reason for Dominic’s dreadful defection. Faced with the ugly truth, she prepares to move on, let go, and learn how to say ‘Yes’ once more.


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Paperback Edition edition (2 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006513409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006513407
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Isabel Wolff read English at Cambridge and was a journalist and broadcaster before becoming a full time writer. A Sunday Times bestseller, her nine poignant romantic comedies are published in 30 languages. Her last novel 'The Very Picture of You' was published in September 2011 and her previous one,'A Vintage Affair' was an Amazon Book of the Year. Isabel's new novel, 'Ghostwritten', set in present-day Cornwall and on Java during the Japanese occupation, will be published in the spring of 2014. Isabel lives in London with her partner, their children, her younger stepson and their cocker spaniel puppy. In her spare time she enjoys playing the piano, tennis, and table football. If you'd like to know more about Isabel please visit www.IsabelWolff.com or see the 'Isabel Wolff Author' page on Facebook. Thank you...

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Acclaim for The Trials of Tiffany Trott:

‘funny, charming, upbeat and unputdownable’
Marian Keyes

‘An engaging creation with a knack in witty one-liners’
Sunday Express

From the Back Cover

EVERYONE LIKES RADIO REPORTER MINTY – SHE’S SO TERRIBLY NICE.

But being nice doesn’t save her from being jilted at the very altar by her attractive but domineering fiance Dominic. Ditched, rather than hitched, a shocked Minty takes stock, and, on her husbandless honeymoon, she vows to become just a little less “nice”. Joined by her fiery cousin Amber, whom no one could describe as sweet-natured, Minty sets out on a Quest for the Self, in which she will finally learn how to say “No”.

But Dominic’s devastating desertion has left her with an unhealed wound. For if the man she loved could do that to her, then how can any man be trusted? But then Minty stumbles upon the real reason for Dominic’s dreadful defection. Faced with the ugly truth she prepares to move on, let go, and learn how to say “Yes” once more.

ACCLAIM FOR THE TRIALS OF TIFFANY TROTT:

“I absolutely, genuinely loved it … It’s funny, charming, upbeat and unputdownable”
MARIAN KEYS

“A hilarious novel”
INDEPENDENT

“The story of her attempts to land a man really sparkles … a happy romp that slips down as agreeably as ice-cream”
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A PERFECT ROMANTIC COMEDY 3 Jan 2001
Format:Paperback
I was given this for Christmas and feel envious of anyone who hasn't read it yet. It's a riot! Very funny, and also full of feeling as Minty, jilted at the altar, struggles to get over her emotional shock and to reinvent herself as a less 'nice', and less obliging person. She realises that she'd lost sight of who she really was as she had struggled to fall in line with what her domineering ex, Dominic, had wanted her to do and be. I think this is something women can all too easily do, treading on egg-shells with their boyfriends just to avoid any conflicts. But what makes this book so wonderful to read is the completely unpredictable plot - every prediction I made was wrong! - and also the fabulous jokes. Plus a cast of wonderful supporting characters, particularly at the radio station where Minty works - including Melinda, a radio presenter - or rather 'pwesenter'. I just loved this book and read it in a day, and am now going to read Tiffany Trott and hope I'll like that as much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a totally compulsive read 7 Aug 1999
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Format:Paperback
I read this book in five hours - couldn't stop. HAD to find out what happened to Minty! What an engrossing read - very witty too - but above all a fantastic and completely unpredictable story, very well told, with a range of really vivid and memorable characters. Loved the dreaded cousin, Amber. Hated awful Citronella Pratt. And I loved the way Minty changes, from idiotic self-deceiving sap, to powerful woman making the right choices at last. Very well written - brilliant dialogue in particular. Psychologically realistic too, and very funny, but above all an utterly compelling story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Marvellous!!! 30 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Sitting on the train I saw three women in my carriage, all with the same bizarre grins on their faces and all with their noses in a bright green book!!
Now if everyone else is reading this book, I must also so the next day I bought the day after that I'd finished it - and boy, did I enjoy it?!
'The Making of Minty Malone' made me laugh, made me cry, gave me hope not to mention the material for hundreds 'Men are Ba£$%*ds' jokes. Oh yeah, and it made me feel sick!!
A gripping, hilarious, realistic storyline. Friendly, amusing, characters you can relate to. Speach impediments, kittens, male escorts, weddings, 'icky' children and rude parrots all go together to make the one book I have read all year which didn't make me think I was the only daft person left in the country!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More, more, more, please, Isabel Wolff! 22 July 2000
Format:Paperback
I read this book all day and laughed out loud four times. Thanks to you, Ms. Wolff, I never made it out of my pajamas, let alone vacuumed the floor or emptied the dishwasher. But, who cares, I had a glorious, single-woman Saturday! (Well, I'm married now, but we're still entitled to one every now and then, right?) I can't wait to read your next one. Oh, and the other four women in the stairwell send their kudos, also. I only hope that my next trip to England in September yields your new novel at the airport bookstore. (Could you write faster, please?)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Isabel Wolff's novel is a refreshing departure from the usual novels of it's genre - the writer as best buddy of the reader. The reader as the writer's confidante, who listens sympathetically to the moaning and complaining of someone who has nothing to complain about. No, this is not Bridget Jones! The central character, Minty Malone, makes no apology for who she is to the reader nor does she wallow in self- pity nor does she celebrate her deficiencies as being cool or cultish. She just gets on with life. Jilted at the alter by her fiance, by the time he comes crawling back she is over him, having realised that he was the worst thing that ever happened to her and his dumping her, the best. She moves on, finds someone else and entertains us with her trips to LA (mingling with the beautiful and famous whilst trying to make the romance work) and a believable unstereotyped host of characters. Great stuff!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All about learning not to be a doormat! 24 May 2000
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Format:Paperback
I liked this much better than Isabel Wolff's first book, The Trials of Tiffany Trott.
After being jilted at the altar by a bossy, selfish boyfriend, Minty starts learning to stand up for herself. The mockery of the selfishness of her friends, colleagues and relatives is really funny social satire, all very nice though, as is Minty. People are shown as selfish but with lots of redeeming features which win out as Minty learns to stand up for herself.
Great fun and very witty with a happy ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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"Making Minty Malone" by author Isabel Wolff (Author of "The Trials of Tiffany Trott") is a wonderfully delightful and charming romantic comedy about a woman who never thought she'd face a hand like the one she got dealt. All set to marry a man who she believed to be "the one," Minty faces the realities that maybe God is just laughing at her.
Dominic is gone. She's alone. And, now the question of what to do next looms great and loud. So, what's a girl to do but, take those honeymoon plane tickets, grab the girls, and head to Paris. There she meets a man who could change everything. If she'll let him.
"Making Minty Malone" is a very sweet, fun and wildly romantic tale that captures the hearts of anyone that will read it. I found it as enchanting as "Bridget Jones," "Jemima J.," "Getting Over It" and "Come Together." If you loved those....CERTAINLY give this wonderfully written book a chance on your summer reading list. Great Book!
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2.0 out of 5 stars It all depends on what you're looking for
If you need something light to read on a plane, or by the pool, fine. It makes few demands on the intellect and is at times mildly amusing. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2010 by Frenchloki
5.0 out of 5 stars Good easy to read book
Excellent romantic comedy book. Well written and easy to read. A satisfying read but not too taxing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice book for every dumped girl
A nice book which shows how you can rebuild yourself after having been dumped. The only thing which is a pity is that the ex-guy comes back which is useless I think, it's like she... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Put me off of "Romantic Comedy" for life
Maybe I am not the best person to be writing this as my usual genre of writing is horror/Crime but I decided I would branch out and try some modern romantic fiction.... Read more
Published on 1 May 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent tale of "woman loses man, finds self"
Getting dumped hurts, even when you aren't that sure you like the guy. This story opens on the morning of Araminta "Minty" Malone's wedding day as she gets dressed for... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such good fun !!!
I've just read this book for the second time and am still in love with it, everything from poor Uncle Percy to Pedro the Parrot, the main characters go without saying, what can I... Read more
Published on 12 July 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, gripping and with some depth
I bought this book after having really laughed at Tiffany Trott and reading the other amazon reviews for Minty. I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 6 May 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything everybody above said and more!
Having read and loved the Trials of Tiffany Trott, when I saw Isabel Wolff had a second book, I had to buy it, and boy was I glad I did. Read more
Published on 25 April 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent minty
Congratulations to Isabel Wolff in creating another loveable character in Minty Malone. This book zips along at a cracking pace and is definitely un-putdownable. Read more
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