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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (21 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099498456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099498452
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Tucker is an award winning journalist, broadcaster and author, having written seven novels to date and two travel books HAVE BABY WILL TRAVEL and HAVE TODDLER WILL TRAVEL. She devised and presented the award winning Jazz Fm Travel Guide, featuring the best of blues and jazz from around the world, and interviewing celebrities about their worst and most unusual travel experiences. She was also a travel correspondent for Classic Fm and Sky News, and presented reports for the BBC Holiday Program. While three months pregnant she retraced the footsteps of the goldrush stampeders from Skagway Alaska to Dawson City in the Yukon, for the Discovery Channel. She's also anchored the ITV series I WANT THAT HOUSE REVISITED, interviewing buyers of property around the world. Sarah freelances for most of the nationals and womens' consumer titles and is travel editor of the Sheengate Group of titles covering most of Surrey and SW London. More details about Sarah including her regular blog can be found on www.sarahtucker.info (Ipad and iphone compatible) and www.sarahtucker-website.com (broadcast).

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"Scandal, backstabbing, illicit affairs...a fab, girlie read!" (New Woman)

"Mums will be able to see the truth behind this fun novel" (In The Know)

"A real laugh-out-loud tale" (OK! Magazine)

"An entertaining insight into school politics. You'll laugh and cringe at how cliquey and competitive mums can be." (Babyexpert.com)

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A fantastic commercial concept, this is one of Arrow's most exciting women's fiction launches in 2006

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Betty Bookworm on 12 Jun 2007
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I chose this book because I am a stay at home mum with 3 primary age children.I am the chairperson of the PTA and a school governor.....and I have been assured that I am nothing like Sarah Flint.

Firstly the book is written in the first person and I really do think that it is semi autobiograpical,(Sarah Tucker) who, if you read her background is a single mother probably living in an expensive suburb of london.

What I had to laugh at was, Caroline sometimes comments about surviving on her maintenance payments and having to be careful with money. Yet she works from home without needing to pay expensive child care and buys designer clothes. If you live in the real world as most of us do, you will not be able to identify with the main characters of this book unless you live in a place live Frencham ? I only finished this book out of curiousity and a secret hoping that she is really put into the position of a single mother, of struggling with child care, low paid jobs, wayward non maintenance paying husbands and no time for a love life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mandy holmes on 19 April 2014
Format: Paperback
Probably the the most badly written chic fic I've ever read, littered with errors. The school featured has a 500yd catchment area yet 3 childhood friends all manage to end up living in it. The main character lives 400yds away - that's a 5th of a mile - but often drives her son to school. Always thought John Lennon sang 'And so this is christmas' not 'And now this is christmas'. At 7pm on Xmas eve she 'grabs her bag and goes to M&S for ready meals' really? M&S open and fully stocked at that time? Also takes a bottle of champagne onto an areoplane - amazing! She quotes a scene from Love Actually that doesn't happen. At a christmas party the children play with 2 tortoises - don't they hibernate in winter? Don't even get me started on the scene where she goes to the police station! Sorry if I've spoiled the plot for anyone, just trying to save others wasting any time on this book like I did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. E. Wright on 14 Feb 2008
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Like other reviewers I was attracted by the subject matter, thinking it would be a light read for the holidays. However, I was really disappointed by the pointlessness of the characters and the lack of wit.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 30 Mar 2008
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I really enjoyed reading this book and I could easily identify with the PTA aspect of it. I laughed out loud, it was so cringeworthy to read about these mothers and their obsessiveness, especially over coffees and their children's "playdates"! (I hate that word!)It immediately made me think of the mother and baby Coffee mornings I used to attend where there would be lots of pushy mothers all trying to outdo one another! There is an element of the judgement that you are only worth knowing if you have lots of money, have a big house, wear designer clothes and drive a 4x4 as was shown by the likes of Sarah Flint and her sidekicks.
However, like other reviewers I thought that the character of Caroline Gray was not as convincing. How can she find time for a love life? Also she didn't seem to do much work in the book, only going to the coffee bar with her friends! I also did not like all the references to the designer clothes she wears, it did not seem true to life at all.
Having said that, I would recommend this book to others for the PTA aspect of it, my book has already been lent to two friends who said it was so true to the life of their schools!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Hughes on 16 Sep 2008
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I love reading lighthearted chick lits and get through around 3 books a week. This one i struggled with and took me about a week to read. The main character Caroline Gray is very hard to like and i found the whole story hard to believe and get into. Caroline frequently moans about money worries yet she owns her home, buys designer clothes etc and constantly whinges thoughout the book about her maintenance payments. She has a job (but never seems to do it?).
I found the court case a complete and utter let down.

I am annoyed with myself for persevering with this book and i do not think i could possibly read another of this authors books again.

Do not bother reading it!!!!!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S F Walji on 22 Mar 2012
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With one son in primary achool and twins due to start in Sept i thought this might be a relevant (& fun read). It wasn't. The main character purports to be middle class but behaves in a manner that is clearly not. Unconvincing waste of my time and money. Am annoyed with myself for bothering to finish it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Armstrong on 25 Oct 2007
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This book is slow, boring and very hard to get into. Actually, make that impossible to get into. Finishing it was a struggle and i will be reluctant to read another of this authors books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs E P Cotterill on 17 Dec 2011
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Sent this book to my Sister in Law in America, she really loves it, is going to purchase it for her other school mum friends
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