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Wendy Holden
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12 July 2001

From SW7 to rural heaven. . .

Cash-strapped Rosie and her boyfriend Mark are city folk longing for a country cottage. Rampantly nouveaux-riches Samantha and Guy are also searching for rustic bliss - a mansion complete with mile-long drive and hot and cold running gardeners.

The village of Eight Mile Bottom seems quiet enough, despite a nosy postman, a reclusive rock star, a glamorous Bond Girl and a ghost with a knife in its back. But there are unexpected thrills in the hills. The local siren seduces Guy while a farmer fatale rocks Rosie's relationship. Then a mysterious millionaire makes an offer she can't refuse. But should she?

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; New Ed edition (12 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9999984134
  • ISBN-13: 978-9999984133
  • ASIN: 0747266166
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,834,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy Holden was a journalist on The Sunday Times, Tatler and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full-time author. She has written nine novels, all Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. She is married and has two children.

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Country life doesn't prove quite so simple for the sophisticated city folk in Pastures Nouveaux, best-selling author Wendy Holden's hilarious "comedy of country manors". Although some of the rural inhabitants are poor as church mice, the majority are not and all pursue the same recreational activities (money and sex) as their urban cousins.

The belle of the country set is Rosie, a freelance illustrator, who (originally) is not desperately seeking a man, marriage or babies. In fact, natural beauty Rosie doesn't seem to have a problem with men at all. Although she has a partner (Mark is an arrogant journalist whose work involves dishing the dirt on the famous), he is quite obviously unsuitable for such a nice girl. It doesn't take long (page two) before Rosie thinks there must be more to life. So when Mark is given his own column about, wait for it, the travails of sophisticated city folk who move to the hilariously simple "country", she is soon romping with a very mixed set from the nouveaux-riches Samantha and Guy to a farmer fatale and a mysterious millionaire.

Thanks to her previous jobs on national newspapers and up-market glossies, Holden slickly draws her caricatures of urban types from the single-minded financiers, for whom extra-marital sex is a hobby, to their stick-insect, interior design-obsessed wives to vacuous, celebrity-sniffing media types. Champagne D'Vyne, Holden's posh-totty socialite and star of previous tales, even makes a cameo appearance (as herself, nach). If you are looking for a light read, nouvelle literature that won't stretch you too much, read on! --Carey Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Cash-strapped city folk Rosie and her boy friend Mark long for a country cottage; nouveau riches Samantha and Guy are also searching for rustic bliss in the form of a mansion with a mile-long drive and hot and cold running gardeners. But the local siren seduces Guy whilst a farmer fatale rocks Rosie's relationship. Then a mysterious millionaire makes her an offer she can't refuse - but should she ? A fine comic romp from the author of the bestsellers Bad Heir Day and Simply Divine.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great summer read! 12 July 2003
Having how read most of Wendy Holden's comic novels, I must say, she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors with which to share a sunny afternoon on the beach. While not standing tall in the annals of classic literature, her books have an inventiveness and wit that keep you turning pages over and over again. Also, when first reading her novels, it may seem that they share story lines, but then you turn the page again and find you were entirely mistaken, and that slow smile creeps onto your face. The smile that says, "I was bored with you but now you have my attention!" In short, I loved this novel as well as her others and they're worth the time if you are looking for a good story that will keep you laughing!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars witty rural farce 9 May 2001
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Having read her previous two books, I was looking forward to this one with much anticipation. I was not disappointed. An ideal holiday read, with more than a laugh a minute, it certainly kept me in suspense. Here's to the next one......
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misses the mark 4 May 2001
By A Customer
Having read the reviews I thought I would really enjoy this book. I have actually moved from the city and now live in the countryside. Unfortunately I found the characters so unreal that I gave up. My wife, without any comment from me, tried and also gave up. Maybe we are missing something.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Pastures Nouveaux was a disappointing read, without any of the sharp humour that made Holden's other two books such a delight. Stereotypical characters and the incredibly predictable storyline killed the book for me. Holden is so busy putting puns together that she hardly has time to botch together an unsatisfying (and confusing) happy ending. Read the other two and hope for something better next time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present Nouveaux 21 Feb 2011
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I didn't actually buy this for myself having read the book already. I bought it for a German friend of mine to help her improve her English. Why? because the book is immensely funny and cleverly written. The style is very interesting as it moves from character to character which means you don't get bored of either (which you couldn't anyway) and it serves up a taste of real life and the ideal romantic situation. It's the perfect book to cheer you up on a rainy day.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book has more twists and turns in it that a country road. It will make you smile, it will make you laugh and I can guarantee you will never see the countryside in the same light again !
As the age old saying goes :
Life is like a teapot, you only get out of it what you put in. And for some in Eight Mile Bottom the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
Simply a heart rendering, knicker-splitting, tear jerkingly good read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...need i say more? 21 Jan 2002
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I was after this book once i heard it was released. After Simply Divine and Bad Heir Day i was excited to read what more jokes and storyline twists Holden had created. Pastures Nouveaux was better than i anticipated. The betrayal of men and how they use women is portrayed brilliantly, obviously not for every man of course! But the detailed characters and how all the little things count so much to a a successful story. I laughed at least twice in each chapter, it is loudly funny and i couldnt put it down since it only took me a week to read!! Bravo to another excellent read by Wendy Holden. Can't wait for Fame Fatale!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice reading 6 Feb 2004
I found Pastures Nouveaux a bit slow. Although I loved Bad Heir Day and I had recently read Fame Fatale which I both loved, Pastures Nouveaux was a little bit of a disappointment. The ending is a bit unpredictable, which is nice and the storyline is an original. If you are a Wendy Holden fan, as I am, then you must read it.
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