Lisa Jewell lives in North London. While on holiday a friend made her a drunken bet: dinner at her favourite restaurant if she wrote three chapters of a novel. Just over a year later Ralph's Party
was finished. In a similar style to Marian Keyes' Rachels Holiday
, Ralphs Party
introduces the residents of 31 Almanac Road, a three-storey Edwardian house in South London. The house, divided into flats and its inhabitants are the focus of this contemporary, romantic novel. Ralph and Smith, who live in the basement flat are beginning to doubt that they will ever find a suitable flatmate until Jemima comes along. In fact, Jem finds herself more than suitable when both Ralph and Smith fall for her. Karl and Siobhan live in the flat above and they have been together in total happiness for fifteen years. That was until Cheri, the cold, calculating but very sexy lady in the top flat sets her sights on Karl.
Lisa Jewells fast paced, well-observed and thoroughly engrossing first novel has been well worth that bet for dinner. --Pat Naylor
From the Author
Sex, Romance, Destiny ... or just flatmates?
Meet the residents of 31 Almanac Road in a romantic, engrossing novel that takes you up the garden path, through the front door and into the most intimate parts of other people's lives.
Ralph and Smith are best friends. Until they both fall for Jem, their new flatmate. Jem's got a strong feeling that one of them's the man for her - but which one?
Karl and Siobhan live in the flat above. Happily unmarried for fifteen years, it looks as if nothing could spoil their domestic idyll.
Except maybe Cheri, the femme fatale in the top flat. She's got her eye on Karl and she isn't about to let his fat girlfriend stand in her way ...
Ralph's Party is my first novel. I was a newly-redundant secretary on holiday in 1996 when my friend Yasmin made me a drunken bet around the swimming pool at four in the morning - if I wrote just the first three chapters of the novel I was convinced I had inside in me (aren't we all?!) she would take me for dinner to my favourite restaurant.
Never one to renege on a bet, I did it. And look what happened! I am now a full-time writer, working at home on my second novel, Dig and Delilah which will be out next May.
Beyond my wildest dreams ...
However, I'm still waiting for Yasmin to take me out for dinner.
If you like Ralph's Party, - and I really hope you do - please - don't lend it to your friends - make them buy their own!