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Lucy Robinson
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12 April 2012

The Greatest Love Story of All Time is a laugh-out-loud debut novel from the Marie Claire blogger, Lucy Robinson

It's Fran's thirtieth birthday and things are good . . .

She's bluffed her way into a Very Posh Job and her outlandishly handsome and talented boyfriend Michael is escorting her to the Ritz with a bulge the shape of a ring box in his pocket.

But something has gone wrong. Very wrong. By the end of the evening Fran is howling in bed with a bottle of cheap brandy and one of Michael's old socks.

In her quest to figure out why her life has suddenly gone down the pan, Fran comes up with a failsafe plan: live like a badger, stalk a stranger called Nellie and cancel her beloved Gin Thursdays in favour of drinking gin every night. But then Fran's friends force a very different plan on her and it's nowhere near as fun. How could eight dates possibly make her feel better?

But eventually she agrees. And so begins the greatest love story of all time . . .

Praise for Lucy Robinson:

'The new Marian Keyes . . . romantic and laugh-out-loud hilarious' Cosmopolitan

'An absolute must-read' Huffington Post

'Prepare for public-transport belly laughs' Glamour

'Refreshingly playful' Red

The Greatest Love Story of All Time is Lucy Robinson's debut novel. Prior to writing Lucy worked first in West End theatre production and then factual television, working on documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and five. Her writing career began when she started a dating blog for marieclaire.co.uk where she entertained readers with frank tales from her laughably unsuccessful foray into the world of internet dating.

Lucy is from Gloucestershire where she was brought up surrounded by various stupid animals and is currently conducting an early mid-life crisis in South America. When in London she likes to think she lives in Highbury but in truth she is a person of no fixed abode.


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241952980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241952986
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me - out July 31st 2014 - will be Lucy Robinson's third book and follows on from her highly successful novels The Greatest Love Story of All Time and A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger.

Prior to writing Lucy earned her crust in theatre production and then factual television, working on documentaries for all of the UK's major broadcasters. Her writing career began when she started a dating blog for Marie Claire about her fairly pathetic attempts at Internet dating.

Lucy was brought up in Gloucestershire surrounded by various stupid animals. She studied at Birmingham University and lived in London for many years before disappearing off to South America to write her first two novels.

Lucy lives in Bristol with her partner, The Man. She likes dogs and cheese and horses and seals and cake and baths and she blogs daily about funny things that have made her smile today.

www.lucy-robinson.co.uk
@lucy_robinson

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Romantic and laugh-out-loud hilarious (Cosmopolitan)

An absolute must-read (Huffington Post)

Prepare for public-transport belly laughs (Glamour)

Refreshingly playful (Red)

About the Author

The Greatest Love Story of All Time is Lucy Robinson's debut novel. Prior to writing Lucy worked first in West End theatre production and then factual television, working on documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and five. Her writing career began when she started a dating blog for marieclaire.co.uk where she entertained readers with frank tales from her laughably unsuccessful foray into the world of internet dating.

Lucy is from Gloucestershire where she was brought up surrounded by various stupid animals and is currently conducting an early mid-life crisis in South America. When in London she likes to think she lives in Highbury but in truth she is a person of no fixed abode.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars as entertaining as I anticipated 9 April 2012
By A
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been reading Lucy Robinson's blog on Marie Claire for a good couple of years now and feel like I know her.
From day one I connected with her hilarious/tragic/happy trials and tribulations, so I was ecstatic to find out she had a book in the offing...

As with her blog, reading 'The Greatest love Story of All Time' feels like catching up with a friend over a nice bottle of wine. There were a LOT of laughs and a few lumps in the throat.
Fran was a likeable buffoon who I can imagine a lot of readers identified with. Some reviews say there is too much swearing, well, spend a day with me and you'll see it's not unrealistic!

Robinson takes the "chick-lit" genre and gives it a new edge; with the use of internet dating, texting and social media (which gives her the ability to hilariously stalk Nellie) she brings us bang up to date. We are all guilty of such "face-stalking" at some point I am sure.

We know these books are going to have a happy ending for all those who deserve one, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable living through the 90 days with Fran and her pals. Here's to Gin Thursdays!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest Love Story I've ever read 9 April 2012
Format:Paperback
I'll start this review with a confession - I am a man. I don't believe this book was aimed at me and I certainly didn't go to the shops to buy it. But there is a copy in the house and my flatmate was laughing so hard when she was reading it that I simply had to find out what all the fuss was about. And it is funny. Very funny. I honestly couldn't put it down and read from front to back cover in one long but enjoyable session. Yes, Fran is a bit mental but she made me laugh - what a loon! Do girls really go to these lengths to stalk their ex-boyfriends?! Hilarious. Her circle of friends are entertaining and unpredictable; the adventures were amusing; and yes, there's a broken heart - which I believe is the staple of 'chick-lit' - but that heart was broken in an unexpected way and the onward journey was colourful and felt original. I laughed throughout. It felt modern and very down to earth, and I really cared for our potty mouthed heroine by the end of the book. A fun read for the tube or the beach or simply when your flatmate's gone out. Good work Lucy Robinson. You've got another fan!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Bob Sherunkle TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Review by my wife, who was defintely NOT impressed:
"If you are having withdrawal symptoms from Bridget Jones, look no further than this book, that is if you like frequent swearing and the dreaded C word. I ploughed on through this book hoping for something different, but I could not find it. It is about a girl called Fran whose boyfriend asked for a 90 day sabbatical and the ongoing efforts of her friends to get her dating again. Why?? She has not been dumped by her longtime boyfriend, and there were no reasons given for his sabbatical, but he is still in contact with her. It's a story of stalking, drinking and abusing her friends, so where in this scenario is there entertainment?
Her friends seem shallow and only there as Fran's punchbag. I concede that the book is funny in places, but not enough for me to recommend it to anyone.
It is not a book or author that I would ever want to read again. Lucy Robinson is now on my blacklist as someone who cannot seem to express herself on paper without gratuitous swearing. We all know the words, but, to paraphrase Bill Grundy's comment to the Sex Pistols, 'what a clever girl!'"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I must be getting old 22 Jun 2012
By Sue
Format:Paperback
After reading the rave reviews on Amazon, I was surprised how few mentioned the (quite unnnecessary in my opinion)amount of swearing in this book. Yes, the story is quite amusing but as much as I'm getting used to the f word in books, I really think there is no need for the c word. It is as if the author seems to feel swearing and crude language equals humour, which is a great shame as she writes very well without the swear words. But as the title says - I might just be getting too old for this genre.....
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a little bit SPLENDID! 9 April 2012
By Salmad
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ummm.... I wouldn't normally take the time to write a book review on amazon, but I have had this book in my possession for approximately 5 days and have already read it twice. I thought I'd better tell the world this important news.

I just really enjoyed it! It such a warm bubble bath of a book (in that you get in, and it's lovely, and really hard to get out of again). I really cared about bumbling and funny Fran from the get go, and was rooting for her all the way. To me, the book hits the right balance of 'chick-lit' staples (heart ache, unconventional friends and problematic relations), and looking at all of these articulately and with intelligence and sensitivity.

I can see that some other people here have mentioned that it is a bit potty-mouthed.... perhaps .... but when I am whinging to my friends about men and life in general, I rarely use the word 'bother' in favour of the more colourful language we have available. (Sorry mum.) And that is exactly how this book feels: like having a catch up with one of your most erudite and naughty and hilarious friends.

Keep up the good work Lucy; I am already looking forward to the next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit with an edge 23 Jun 2014
By taylzo VINE VOICE
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This book is fantastic, and I don't say that lightly. Chick-lit is not my favourite genre, a lot of the time I start these books and put them down, I know some people love a light-hearted love story, but I prefer something grittier. The fact that I finished this book, never mind thoroughly enjoyed it, is quite surprising! It was a perfect example of adding some edge to this genre, a character we could all relate to, a story that is not unrealistic, a fully modern take on how we do things now (think Facebook stalking) and also something I had never thought of before but may well introduce - gin Thursdays! I definitely recommend this to anyone who usually reads this type of book, but for those who are unsure I'd really suggest giving it a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, for 20-35s maybe!
Very funny, very very very funny! I found myself chuckling away to myself because I DO identify with Fran. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Claire, Lulu
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Dire
Published 11 days ago by elliebo
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read
Really awful book, didn't like anything about it
Published 15 days ago by CLF
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Mediocre writing and NOT the greatest love story as predictable.
Published 21 days ago by Mrs. J. Ewins
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, irreverent, rude, believable and love-afirming
loved this story! Yes, as some other review mentioned, some of the language is really horrible and, I think, not necessary at all (I like the main character but really dislike her... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably the worst rubbishy story have ever read
Probably the worst rubbishy story have ever read.
Published 27 days ago by Beryl Kimberley
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of a good story
I agree with other reviewers about this book and the totally unnecessary amount of bad language. I am not a prude, but I don't use that kind of language and I don't wish to read... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pat Hemstock
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A nice, feel good read.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs A Jeeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!
Really enjoyed this - didn't get anything done this afternoon as I couldn't put it down...even though I knew where the story was going, it still made me cry!
Published 1 month ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I already miss reading about Fran and her friends! It was a great book few twists along the way which kept it entertaining. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie
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