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Summer Holiday [Paperback]

Penny Smith
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Book Description

9 Jun 2011

The riotously funny new novel from Penny Smith.

Miranda Blake is divorced. At 45, things are starting to head south. She’s toying with the idea of Botox. Toying with the idea of facial surgery. And toying with getting a job or possibly a toy boy. The only block to all those things is her stiff, uppity daughter, 23-year-old Lucy. Pompous, is what Miranda calls her. (Sane, is how Lucy sees it.)

Her friends are trying to set her up with a collection of bankers and company directors… Similar types to her ex-husband, Nigel (Nigel – just saying his name makes her wince) and every new date ends in disaster. So, one summer's day, Miranda decides to go and help clean out a local canal. She falls for Alex, a dreadlocked eco-warrior. But Lucy does not approve, and sets about sabotaging the relationship. She succeeds…

Miranda, heartbroken, goes on holiday to Spain. But there, things only go from bad to worse – she falls in with a bad crowd, and is soon way out of her depth. What is it they know about Alex and his family? How is the wealthy recluse, and island owner, David Miller involved in their dodgy business activities?

Aboard a glamorous yacht, hosting an award ceremony with former breakfast TV star Katie Fisher, Miranda might be in more trouble than she ever could have imagined. Will Alex get there in time to save her?

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (9 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007360738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007360734
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Coming Up Next:

'A brilliant darkly comic novel about the fall and rise of a TV presenter. A lot of fun.' Bella

'A brilliantly funny read.' S Magazine, Sunday Express

'Such wry, sassy fun she might want to give up her day job.' Daily Record

About the Author

Penny Smith has worked as a journalist and TV presenter. She has presented the GMTV News Hour since 1993, and has also worked for Sky News and Classic FM. She also has a regular newspaper column. She is the author of the bestselling novels ‘Coming Up Next’ and ‘After the Break’.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Summer read for empty heads 4 July 2011
By Blue
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This book was a disappointment. An ok read but nothing compared to Penny Smith's previous books "After the break" and "Coming up next". Read them when travelling and they both filled the task: keeping your mind occupied when waiting the flight at the airport or sitting cramped in coach. This one could not keep me interested, probably because the main character Miranda is a bore and does not do or think anything interesting. Her mind is occupied with what to wear next and whether to have her hair up or down, and since she is supposed to be a 43 year old mother of two I was expecting more. Only reason I kept on reading was the clever language Penny Smith has.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please people, don't buy this 16 April 2012
If you buy this book you're contributing to declining standards of literature. I don't have anything against the genre. If you like chick-lit that's fine, but as reviewers of other celebrity "novels" have pointed out there are professional authors writing it. Authors who can produce quality material at much fairer prices. Would you buy stained, threadbare clothes for upwards of fifty quid if they had Penny Smith's or Martine McCutcheon's name on them? I hope not. Publishers encourage television personalities to churn out shoddy products to be sold at extortionate prices, and genuine writers suffer.
Imagine if Penny Smith decided she was a comedienne and started writing sketch shows and sitcoms. Then as a result professional comics like French and Saunders or Dara O'Briain were given less airtime. There'd be uproar by fans angry that someone who knows nothing about comedy is pushing out genuine talent. It's the same for books. When bookshops promote Penny Smith and Katie Price with big shiny placards, while Ruth Rendell and Stephen King sit in a corner behind, something's wrong.
To anyone who enjoyed Summer Holiday, I won't judge you, but please try other books. Make the effort to find authors who haven't been published on the back of television success. You'll soon discover the world is full of creative storytellers who craft elegant prose, and Penny Smith is just a rich person with too much time on her hands.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ok if you want to give your brain a rest 28 Aug 2011
Definately suited to the beach where nothing more than the ability to read is needed. Very light and fluffy featuring very cliche characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Struggle 5 Aug 2011
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I have to say that after reading the write up about this book and the trailer, I was excited about reading this book. I have to say that it was a struggle to keep going. It got really good in the middle for about one chapter then it went downhill again.

I wasnt that impressed with Penny Smith pervious books but this summertime read was the worst of all. I'm glad that I did read it to the end but wish that I hadent bothered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire 30 Sep 2011
Another apalling book by this author. No plot, poor characterisation. What are the publishers thinking of? Found a copy in the house I was renting in Spain - glad I didn't spend money on it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Will it Never End? 12 Aug 2011
Who is it that keeps on buying this woman's books?

They are terrible - you have been warned - many times.

Please, stop the celebrity publishing bandwagon and buy books from people who can actually write. This one is worse than the other two, and that's saying something.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 14 July 2014
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Pleasant easy read -enjoyed it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 3 May 2014
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This was a Thoroughly good read from the first page to the very last I was enthralled. I can thoroughly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
My husband enjoyed this good read
Published 6 days ago by Mrs. B. A. Warburton
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best!
I found this to be amateurish and quite boring. Not as good as Penny's previous books. Don't think I will buy any more by this author unless I see one in a charity shop for 25p
Published 7 months ago by Mrs.Ann Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!
I loved reading this book, it kept me wanting to pick it up as I needed to know how the characters were getting on. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Janet Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Summer Holiday Penny Smith Easy Read
Just found Penny Smith's books this is my first read I found it an easy read and enjoyable will look out for others
Published 9 months ago by Jackie Casey
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't enjoy
Very hard to get into no real body to it thought it a bit slow to get started didn't enjoy
Published 10 months ago by Ruth Perks
4.0 out of 5 stars Light summer entertainment
Overall I enjoyed the book and found the nuances towards the joys of 'middle age' very funny. The story line though was slow to get going and a bit predictable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alin
4.0 out of 5 stars Summer
Not finished yet but sure i will enjoy it as a holiday read! Will rate again once read. Let me start it.
Published 11 months ago by Diane
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good read.
It's a bit silly, not a lot of story to it. Didn't finish it as I got bored. Would not read another Penny Smith
Published 12 months ago by Jayne Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resd
A greatl book you cannot put down and you must read it to the end great to take on holiday
Published 12 months ago by angeline stokes
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good reading light hearted but has suspence etc.
Author recommended by a friend so pleased that I have found an author who writes light hearted books. Read more
Published 14 months ago by MARY JOHNSON
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