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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (4 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330518003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330518000
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amy Bratley is the author of The Girls' Guide To Homemaking (2011) and The Saturday Supper Club (May 2012) and The Antenatal Group (2013). Amy was born in 1974, grew up in Northamptonshire, went to college in Nottingham, then moved to London and worked for magazines and newspapers as a writer. After meeting her husband and having two children, she recently moved to Bournemouth. Her first book, Girls' Guide To Homemaking was a bestseller in Italy and she won the Baccante Prize 2012. For more information and to read her blog go to www.amybratley.co.uk

Praise for Amy Bratley's books

'A heartwarming tale of female friendship, pregnancy and dodgy boyfriends' Marie Claire

'Superior chick-lit!' Grazia

'A magic formula' Italian Vanity Fair


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'Take a long bath with The Girls' Guide to Homemaking - superior chick lit about a woman who dreams of the perfect home, but ends up alone and usually hungover in an untidy, expensive flat, after her boyfriend messed it all up. Sister, we've all been there!' --Grazia magazine

'Inspired by the vintage trend, The Girls' Guide to Homemaking by Amy Bratley is a novel about easing heartbreak by using `50s homemaking manuals.' --Asos magazine

'This of-the-moment debut novel by this brilliant writer features rotten men, good men, hand-made parons and family secrets. It's a fresh new style of chick lit which everyone will find utterly unputdownable.' --Take It Easy magazine

About the Author

Amy Bratley works as a freelance journalist and lives in Dorset with her husband and two children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 29 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
I finished this lovely book this morning. I recently picked it up secondhand and intrigued by the premise of the novel, decided to give it a whirl! Wonderful. It is basically the story of Juliet Rice, who from a broken home and the death of her father and abandonment by her mother, wants nothing more than "a home." She meets Simon and propelled by her broken past decides to rent a perfect flat and move in together. However, Simon has cheated on her with her best friend and their subsequent break up sets a chain reaction for Juliet.

I love the way the author used a myriad of themes in her story telling. Juliet finally meets her wonderful man and finds her dream home but this is after she has a few stumbling blocks on her way; namely quitting her job,finding a new career, facing her demons and opening her heart to the possiblity of new love.I also loved the way the author uses quotes from old homemaking manuals at the start of each chapter. This added to the theme of Juliet finding her perfect home; she sees that a return to basic values and simplicity is the key to her achieving her dream life. So much so that this retro approach turns in to a new career for her. Home definitely is where the heart is.

I really enjoyed this book enormously. It is a book about simple values, homemaking, family and what happiness is all about. The writing flowed and the story line never waived. The characters were brilliant and I really rooted for the protagonist Juliet. She cames across as a really likeable, down to earth character.

I felt sad to have finished this read but was very pleased with the ending and how the author brought the story together. Wonderful .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By littlesprinkles on 8 July 2012
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This is an AWESOME book! It is the first book I have read in a while that I finished in a whole day! I loved Juliet's character and her storyline, it did seem original which is rare currently. I loved the fact that although the book was chick lit, Juliet had a real story behind her life with regards to her parents and home life which made it different from rich parents who are just so perfect and/or mean. I really hope Amy brings out a sequel to this book, I think it would make a fantastic series. Keep up the great work, Amy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Warrington on 10 May 2012
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I started this book one morning, & could not put it down! After not having read properly for ages, I finished it in three days, & that was whilst trying to stretch it out! I loved the homemaking quotes at the start of every chapter, I am now feeling inspired to dig out my sewing machine & adorn my house with craft. Fabulous book, I didn't want it to finish (though I think my family might be relieved to get some attention again!)
Loved it, thank you Amy Bratley, for some wonderful escapism from the rain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K.Parham on 27 April 2012
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This book was really easy to read, got into it straight away and enjoyed the characters and plot.
Could not put it down towards the end, and I am looking forward to Amy's next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 April 2011
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Not much to say really, it's got a bit more meat to it than some chick lit books and I really enjoyed every minute of it- I read it in 3 sittings and that was trying to stretch it out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs K L Irons-Mclean on 13 May 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed Reading this book and following Juliet on her journey to create a home. It was an easy book to read, yet interesting enough to not want to put down-in fact I read into the night in a quest to find out if the happy ending I had hoped for really happened. I hope Amy continues to write about Juliet's life because despite being a great story, I got so engrossed in the characters' ups and downs that I want to know more (Imogen? aprons? Happy ever after?)
I look forward to Amy's next book and hope that she becomes a household name in the chic lit genre.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 7 Mar. 2011
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I was really impressed with this book, despite my initial thoughts that it would be bog standard churned out chick lit, it was actually quite amusing as well as having a few unexpected twists and turns. It still follows the standard chick lit formula, nasty split at the start with a happy ending, but the heroine has an interesting backstory which unfolds throughout the book which is a bit of a change from the usual shallow characters in many books from the same genre. All in all a really enjoyable read, perfect if you're looking for something a bit deeper than Sophie Kinsella/Jill Mansell and other similar authors but still want a feel good read.
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What a fantastic début from Ms. Bratley; this really is a superior chick lit, and one that I'm overjoyed to say I've read. I identified massively with Juliet, the girl who dreams of having her own perfect home with her perfect boyfriend - and as we follow her journey through hangovers and bad choices, from the realisation that her perfect fella ain't so perfect after all, the warmth of the book can't help but grab you. This book is un-put-down-able and a Must Read for any girl that still believes in making Christmas cards and baking your own bread. The characters in this book are strongly built and not at all transparent, with real depth. This, combined with the real-life situation, allows the story to unfold for itself - and the plot twists only draw you in further! I particularly enjoyed the quotes from 1950's home-making manuals that prefaced each chapter - a lovely, homely touch indeed. Buy, or borrow, this book, run a hot bath and slip into someone else's life for a while.
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