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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 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,993 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

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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 By Blue on 4 July 2011
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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 By Amazon Customer on 16 April 2012
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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 By Mrs J Cannell on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Aug. 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie Brooks on 30 Sept. 2011
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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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By LB on 29 July 2012
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This is the first book by Penny Smith that I have read, and sadly its not one that I'd really recommend.

As has already been said the main character Miranda Blake is divorced, with friends who are trying to set her up with unsuitable men. Miranda decides to try to do something with her life and thereafter volunteers to do some voluntary work at a local canal where she meets and falls for Alex, a dread-locked Eco-warrior with a bodyguard. But Lucy her daughter does not approve, and successfully sets about getting her mother to end the relationship.

Miranda, goes on holiday to Alicante in an attempt to mend her broken heart. At that point the plot, although readable, becomes far fetched. Characters are introduced that take the story no further and at the end there are several lose ends.

I was left disappointed by this one

LB
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Simpson on 12 Aug. 2011
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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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By gillystocks on 18 Aug. 2012
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Having read the reviews on this book I was in 2 minds whether to get it. I am so glad I made up my own mind and did. It had me giggling from start to finish. Penny Smith has a very dry sense of humour and I could relate to alot of things she said. I think it has become quite fashionable to bash people like Penny for having the audacity to write a book. It is not meant to be deep and meaningful nor is it meant to be too realistic. I think the people who have slagged it have totally missed the point. It is a bit of escapism and it is beautifully written with humour,and I found myself rooting for the main character Miranda,all the way.If you are looking for a fun read that will give you a chuckle,I would highly recommend this book.If you want something else then I would not.
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