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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (4 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751535745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751535747
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Mason is a new writer whose first novel is a real breath of fresh air. PLAYING JAMES is something very different, providing a well-observed insight into the life of a rookie crime reporter on a provincial paper. There are plenty of laughs too - from the condom incident on page one! The supporting cast of friends and enemies add to a colourful debut that will keep you turning the pages long after you should have started the ironing! Brilliant. (Chris Manby)

Plenty of giggles (VENUE)

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*A real feel-good novel: it's fresh, funny and has bags of Catherine Alliott-style charm

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 May 2003
Format: Paperback
Playing James by Sarah Mason is very funny from the very first page. The characters are all quirky and likeable. I could not put this book down and apart from Jill Mansell this is the only book I have laughed out loud at too many times to count. I hope Sarah continues to write such witty books in the future. I for one am looking forward to her next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 2003
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book based upon its winning of the Parker romantic novel of the year. I have sometimes found that choosing top listed titles has led to personal disappointment but this time around I was truly enchanted from start to finish. The story line does stay on the path of the predictable but there are enough twists and turns along the way to keep things very interesting. And the character development is deliciously robust. This one has should be made into a major motion picture quality and I highly suggest that if you want a boy meets girl read to throw yourself into, Playing James should be at the top of your list!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lulu on 12 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Sarah Mason.

For journalist, the accident prone Holly Colshannon, things take a turn when a colleague leaves freeing up the position of crime correspondent. It sounds glamorous but in reality it's the job that no one else wants.

Her first encounter with the gorgeous but disapproving detective James Sabine in the hospital, doesn't bode well for their future working relationship. James distrust the press and when Holly's given an assignment to shadow James and write about his work in a column for the paper - their relationship gets even stormier and funnier.

The humour had me rolling over with laughter from page one. My favourite scenes was when Holly's toe gets stuck in a wine bottle and she lands in Emergency and James come flying to the hospital, thinking otherwise.
BUT despite the lovely humour, I thought that there should have been more pages to them falling in love and declaring it to each other instead of such an abrupt finish. I mean, we went through everything with them, after all, and we needed that bit of closure. That would have wrapped the story up nicely, in my opinion anyway.
So, felt a bit cheated there.

But still, an entertaining read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
i'm an avid reader, and i have to say this is definitely one of the funniest reads ever. it totally cracked me up when i read it, and this is a huge compliment since it comes from someone who never laughs out loud when reading a novel. this book isn't an 'air-heady' kind of book, but neither is heavy. perfect for a non-stressful read. the protagonist is an ordinary off-the-street journalist who's also a complete klutz who never fails to injure herself on almost every one of her expeditions, and who's also a cynic, of which there's one in every one of us. its so realistic that we can relate so very easily to it, yet there's that fairy tale bit that all of us want, but can only find in books, which makes it all the better for our imagination and dreams. and naturally, there's the brooding hero, who gradually opens up to her and spices up this great novel, leaving us readers to egg the couple on page after page. definitely a great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Rothwell on 3 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
It's a lovely, frothy, wonderful read - and Holly, our herione, is completely compelling. I laughed aloud on the train as I read about her exploits on the job with James Sabine, the handsome, blunt detective whom she trails. Holly's mother is an actress with a sharp eye, her rugby boyfriend is a total (and hilarious) idiot, and her boss and photographer's characters are full of spark and wit. It leaves you laughing till you sigh at the very last page.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sept. 2002
Format: Paperback
This will be a brief review but a good one! I read this book yesterday in (almost) one sitting, being gripped from the start by the daring but hilarious opening which made me laugh out loud! As I was on a tedious coach journey back to Uni in Manchester I was quite embarrassed by my own snorting laughter! The story follows a winning formula: endearing, offbeat heroine with eccentric pet (in this case not a scruffy dog but a temperamental sports car!),loopy friend and love interest hero disguised as dour and disagreeable career policeman who is of course, rather sexy! This is original stuff though, the characters are believable, the dialogue natural, and you want Holly to get her man! This is a very funny writer and I want to read more please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Terry on 25 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
Not usually a big fan of chick-lit fiction (not even if like this one it does have a crime sub-plot). I don't know if it was a case of my being in need of a light, fluffy read, the average but enjoyable plot, the, as is most likely, wonderful characters or a combination of all three but either way I found myself enjoying this debut novel (winner of Parker Romantic Novel of the Year 2003) in a way I wouldn't have believed possible.

'Promoted' from covering pet funerals surely things can only get better (can't they?) when journalist Holly Colshannon is asked to shadow Detective James Sabine in order to write a daily 'diary' chronicling his working day.

OK, so Playing James is not exactly a masterpiece of English literature. Predictable with a premise that is hardly credible and lacking any real chemistry in the love interest stakes but the exploits of the seriously 'accident-waiting-to-happen' Holly had me chuckling from start to finish (the opening, err, incident, I'm almost embarrassed to say saw me, to use internet slang, LOL) which more than made up for anything else the novel might otherwise be lacking.

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
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