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Fern Britton
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Book Description

7 July 2011

A warm, witty and wise debut about the ups and downs of life as a TV presenter

Christie Lynch’s life is about to change – for ever.

A journalist and single mother of two, she can’t believe her luck when she is spotted by a talent agent during an appearance on daytime TV show, Tart Talk.

Soon the nation’s sweetheart, Christie can’t help but love her new job and, for the first time in years, she can mend her leaking roof and buy her kids, Libby and Freddie, a few treats. But as her career soars, Christie’s forced to spend more and more time away from her kids and from Richard – the gorgeous single dad she recently met at the school gate.

Can Christie find a way to balance her role as a mother with her increasingly demanding job? And will she make it in the cut-throat world of TV? Whatever happens, Christie's going to give it all she's got…

Warm, witty and wise, New Beginnings is a behind-the-scenes look at the ups and downs in the life of a daytime TV presenter.


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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007362706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007362707
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fern began her career as a television presenter in 1980 after completing a stage management course at the Central School of Drama. In 1985 Fern became the presenter of the popular Coast to Coast, which lead to presenting roles on prime time television shows, the most iconic of which was on ITV's flagship show This Morning. Fern's warmth, humour, empathy and compassion have made her incredibly popular and she has become a much sought after presenter. In 2008 Fern released her autobiography Fern: My Story, which was a huge bestseller. Fern is deeply committed to a number of charities, in particular those working with and for women, children and childbirth. She lives with her husband Phil Vickery, the well respected chef, and her four children in Buckinghamshire.

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Praise for New Beginnings

‘Complicated friendships and tales of a chaotic love life make this a must-read.’ Woman

‘A light-hearted, fun read that perfectly captures the sights and smells of village life.’ Heat

‘Fern Britton has transferred her fun and friendly charm to the page’ Good Housekeeping

About the Author

Fern began her career as a television presenter in 1980 after completing a stage management course at the Central School of Drama. In 1985 Fern became the presenter of the popular Coast to Coast, which lead to presenting roles on prime time television shows, the most iconic of which was on ITV's flagship show This Morning. Fern's warmth, humour, empathy and compassion have made her incredibly popular and she has become a much sought after presenter. In 2008 Fern released her autobiography Fern: My Story, which was a huge bestseller. Fern is deeply committed to a number of charities, in particular those working with and for women, children and childbirth. She lives with her husband Phil Vickery, the well respected chef, and her four children in Buckinghamshire.


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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this - but I couldn't! 22 Feb 2011
By Bob's Mum TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I had such high hopes for this debut novel from the utterly enchanting and entertaining Fern. I think she is fabulous on the telly and the radio and I really wanted to like this book but I just found it so dilute and lacking in substance that once finished, I actually felt quite cross!

The book centres on the life of Christie, a supposed struggling single mum / tv presenter / daughter / sister / friend / lover / amateur detective fan. None of those mantles are fully developed and I found her fairly one dimensional and vague. I certainly felt no empathy towards her, and found that I couldn't even picture her clearly.

Christie's life is accesorised by her mother, her sister, her 2 children, her new lover, her agent, her agents assistant, her work colleagues, her mother's boyfriend, her doctor, her daughter's headteacher, her driver, her rival, and in flashback, her dead husband. Most are stereotypical and add plot detail but little else. I feel there are too many 'others' in the book - some of which are irrelevant and their stories left hanging. I felt especially the daughter's story could have been more fully developed and some kind of conclusion given.

The book is a mixture of gushing and somewhat cliched prose (antique pine / conservatory / tea and wine / fashion descriptions throughout), stilted conversation between underdeveloped characters, and a protracted middle section which dragged for me. The ending was quick, but unsatisfying. Nothing really unsurprising, and a little trite to be honest - but after almost 400 pages I was glad to finish!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Beginnings by Fern Britton. 2 Feb 2013
By Liz Fox
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well written , feel Fern used her insider knowledge in order to make this book believable,true to real life.Thankyou.Liz Fox Birmingham.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot to say 14 Mar 2011
By Sunglasses VINE VOICE
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I really wanted to like this book as I do like Fern but this is very hard to review as there is not a lot I can really say (sort of fits with the mood of the book). It is very bland with an uber chick-lit style - the plot never really takes off, the dialogue is throwaway conversations and some of the characters are just wooden. It starts of in a depressing way and at least gets lighter with each chapter that passes, but it was a struggle to finish.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 'chick lit' 6 April 2011
By Thompson Family VINE VOICE
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I am not usually a fan of 'chick lit'but did really enjoy this book. It was well written and I did start to care about the characters. It was a bit predictable in places but as a piece of light, undemanding reading I was hooked. I would recommend it for holiday reading as it is fairly undemanding and you can just dip and out as you wish. Not great literature, but who cares, Fern Britton shows a lightness of touch, a good eye for the development of charcters and the slightly dark side of fame and recognition is obviously written from experiance. Look forward to the next one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New here! 23 Mar 2011
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
When I first read that the story was about a fictional TV presenter, I was actually disappointed. I couldn't understand why she couldn't have chosen something a bit different to do, and perhaps did something totally different, but no, Britton has gone with what she knows best, as Coleen Nolan has done in her past 2 books. I guess they do have the experience to write about it realistically but if we all wrote just about the things we've done then we'd soon run out of things to write about! However, instead of a daytime show Fern firstly writes about the appallingly named Tart Talk (whoever approved that was seriously wrong) then onto another news shows. As well as exploring Christie's career, we see her working out what super-agent Julia Keen is up to (although to the reader its quite clear from the start) and sorting out her new relationship with neighbour Richard.

Christie is a likeable enough character, although she seems a little too keen to please everyone all of the time if you ask me. She's widowed after the sudden death of her husband Nick, and struggling to make ends meet with the children, the delapidated old house she bought and also trying to juggle her career too. I think a lot of women will be able to relate to Christie (whether you're a widow or not), managing the house on her own, relying on the support of her great family (I loved the character of her sister Mel) and also keeping her children at the same time. Britton chooses to tackle some quite serious issues to do with Christie's children within the book and I liked that she did this - it certainly helped to give a rounded look at her life, and certainly made me feel sympathetic towards her.

The writing style of the book was good, although nothing overly special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked this immensely I would have given it five stars but for two things one I didn't need the look backs at Chrissie' s marriage and two the big reveal with gilly was Ott. That aside I loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read 30 Dec 2012
By Irene
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I am enjoying this book by Fern Britton, she writes in an easy to follow way, I haven't finished it yet and I'm looking forward to finding how it ends. A good bedtime or beach read!
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