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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; First ediiton edition (8 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747272522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747272526
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 20.3 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,125 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

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'Pacy pastiche of city dwellers "gone country"...packed with puns... Holden has produced an entertaining novel, bursting with a large cast of Diblyesque characters, which will no doubt delight fans of her two previous books' Daily Mail

'Clever, naughty and basically affectionate and good-natured.... a comic romp engineered with aplomb and dash... will have fans glued' Sunday Times

'A very modern romantic comedy... her cultural references are spot-on... an amusing romp through village life' Mail On Sunday



'Clever, naughty and basically affectionate and good-natured.... a comic romp engineered with aplomb and dash... will have fans glued' Sunday Times

'A very modern romantic comedy... her cultural references are spot-on... an amusing romp through village life' Mail On Sunday

'On days of gloom Wendy Holden's novels should be handed round like aspirin. Her new book, Pastures Nouveaux, is guaranteed to bring a smile even to the baddest of moods... Discover the hills are alive with the sound of high jinks in this laugh-a-minute romp' B magazine

'A light-hearted rustic romp' Mirror

'A hilarious look at townies who move to the country' Mirror

'A pun-packed romp' Eve

'Very funny' Heat

'A hilariously outrageous romp that takes the gloss off those countryside daydreams' Cosmopolitan

'Fast-paced romp' Prima

'Writing good comic fiction isn't as easy as it looks but Holden has pulled it off yet again' The Times

'Sparkling' You Magazine

'Fantastic fun...witty, high-speed satire, and I've lost count of the number of times I've laughed out loud. Hugely enjoyable' Marian Keyes

There was a two-page comic piece by Wendy Holden in the Sundy Times Style section with a strapline for Pastures Nouveaux 29/7

'Should delight fans of Holden's wacky outrageous humour' The Sunday Times 19/8

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Anderson on 12 July 2003
Format: Paperback
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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By Don Simon on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aoie White on 20 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on 9 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
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 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
It was a fairly good read, but quite predictable in places. Its the sort of storyline that every girl dreams of. The ending was a bit tacky but put a smile on my face. The characters are all pretty good fun and you can relate to nearly all of them. It makes a change from the usual girly books which are normally based around a city of some kind. You can almost smell the country air as you are reading.
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