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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (19 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075533387X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755333875
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosy Thornton is an author of contemporary fiction, published by Headline Review. Her novels could perhaps be described as romantic comedy with a touch of satire - or possibly social satire with a hint of romance. In real life she lectures in Law at the University of Cambridge, where she is a Fellow of Emmanuel College. She shares her home with her partner, two daughters and two lunatic spaniels.

Visit her website at http://www.rosythornton.com

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An irresistibly sweet love story that demonstrates that mixing politics with passion isn't necessarily a bad thing.

About the Author

Rosy Thornton grew up in Ipswich and studied law at Cambridge University. She stayed on to do a Ph.D. and has been a lecturer there ever since. Rosy lives in a village near Cambridge with her husband, their two daughters and a springer spaniel called Treacle.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kindle addict on 21 May 2007
Format: Paperback
Warning: this book may have you laughing out loud (and perhaps shedding a tear) so it might be best not to read it in public. It was completely unlike any other 'chick lit' I have ever read, by turns satirical yet warm-hearted, serious and also farcical in the best and original sense of the word. The central story focuses on the unlikely, yet touching, romance between an MP and a young woman called Margaret. The story also tackles issues, great and small, from homelessness and asylum seekers to dog fouling and unfair taxes. Give it a go if your reading palate is jaded - if this book doesn't revive your tastebuds, nothing will!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stateside fan on 20 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Rosy Thornton is a comic genius! Her Margaret Hayton is a cleverer and more compelling version of Bridget Jones, surrounded by a diverse and well-drawn cast of characters (in all senses of the word) who take on various issues of the day, be they large, small or imaginary. Each of the characters has a distinct and fully developed voice, allowing the reader real insight into the different personalities. Full of lovely, witty throw-away lines and unexpected plot twists, 'More Than Love Letters' is more than a debut novel -- it's the work of an accomplished, inspired and original writer with a great future in front of her. More, please, and soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Goddess of Blah Book Reviews on 15 Oct. 2010
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An Idealist, a Jaded Politician and a Sweet Romance.
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A Well executed epistolary novel but not like "PS-I Love You"

Quintessentially English like crumpets, warm Chelsea buns, bakewell tarts, afternoon tea, Eton Mess...cricket...
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It's a mature, satirical and hilarious rendering of love found between a jaded Politician trying to Get It Right, and an overzealous Activist hoping for a Utopia.

It's not a sensationalized account of sleazy politicians and shady liaisons. It doesn't aspire to titillate and shock with illicit dealings and forbidden love etc. At it's core - it's a wholesome fun comedy.

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The Characters
Margaret Hayton: 23 year old primary school teacher and a political activist who volunteers and campaigns for Women's Rights and Protection.
As her name suggests - she's a solid, dependable and intelligent character (more Margaret Hale than Margaret Thatcher). She's also very young and naive with her idealism, vision for a better world and principles.
There's something whimsical and quaint about Margaret which captures your interest despite the epistolary style. Margaret's priorities (unlike most chick lit characters) isn't maxing her credit cards on Louboutin's.
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Richard Slater: an endearing 41 year old (New Labour) MP (for Ipswich) struggling to step up the career ladder (he's hoping for a Cabinet position). He's lost his idealism and has (somewhat) compromised his principles (abstained rather than voted No for wars etc) and hence he feels miserable about his mediocre career and alas is rather jaded.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Dudley on 18 May 2007
Format: Paperback
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. A very sweet, funny story and an unusual pairing of an MP and one of his constituants. Both characters were very absorbing and Rosy Thornton cleverly brings you into thier world through written communication - demonstrating various age-differences through either letter or email writing. Would reccommend it to anyone - would be a particularly good holiday read as one can get through it in about 2 days! Some bits have you laughing out loud - a very touching love-story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By book-worm.biz on 23 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
An impulse buy, this was a very lucky find and I can't wait to read more from Rosie Thornton.

In the introduction this new author says that in the first draft of the novel she made the rookie error of forgetting to include a plot - well, in the final version she's certainly cracked it. The plot is incredibly strong and will appeal to anyone with a love of the English language, At its heart this is a romance. When Richard Slater MP receives a letter from Margaret Hayton complaining about VAT on tampons, he sends back a standard letter. When he receives further letters about the children's playground facilities, greenhouse gas emissions and dog poo, he decides that she is barking mad old biddy. But when eventually he meets her, he finds a beautiful twenty-something with big eyes over whom he could lose his heart and his political career.

But is a great deal more, gently and good-heartedly addressing issues of honesty and deceit, love and loss, old age, divorce, drug rehab, asylum seekers, sex and political intrigue - to name but a few!. The novel is told through a glorious mix of letters, emails, minutes of meetings, Hansard reports and newspaper articles as the loves, lives and idiosyncrasies of a wonderful cast of characters are revealed. Margaret has joined a women's group in support of Asylum seekers and the minutes of their meetings are a joy as are the emails between her and her best friend in Manchester who is working her way alphabetically through the men of Moss Side, her landlady's letters to her husband are heartrending and Richard Slater's emails to his friend the MP for West Bromwich are a comic masterpiece.
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