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Thirtynothing [Paperback]

Lisa Jewell
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7 Sep 2000

Ever wondered what happened to your first love?

Imagine bumping into them twelve years later and realizing you still fancy them rotten. That's exactly what happens to Dig Ryan when he sees Delilah again.

Now imagine you're Nadine. You and Dig have been best friends for fifteen years. And you've finally realized that you're in love with him. So when Delilah - who always was your nemesis - returns, you're mad with jealousy and can't help behaving childishly. Like phoning your first love Phil - just to get your own back ...

Thirty-Nothing is a story of ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends and friends dabbling with yesterday when they really should be thinking about today.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st Paperback Edition edition (7 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140279288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140279283
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Jewell was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Her first novel, Ralph's Party, was the bestselling debut of 1999. She is also the author of Thirtynothing, One-Hit Wonder, Vince & Joy, A Friend of the Family, 31 Dream Street, The Truth About Melody Browne and After the Party, all of which have been Sunday Times bestsellers.

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"What did you do with the rabbit?" Not a surefire line to seduce a woman perhaps but when Dig Ryan bumps into his first love after a 12-year gap he just can't help himself. Instead of winning her back with his wit and whispered sweet nothings, Dig finds himself faced with an affliction he didn't know he had--he says completely the wrong thing at completely the wrong time. Often. But his ex, the delicious Delilah, seems as keen as he is and it looks like Dig is about to put the something into his thirty-nothing life.

So where does that leave Nadine--Dig's best friend since school? Instead of being thrilled that Dig is settling down, the reunion unlocks her insecurities and she regresses into the "big ginger gooseberry" she was as a teenager. She realises--just when it's too late--that she's in love with him, that she's always been in love with him. And, to make matters worse, she thinks she just might feel better if she gets back in touch with her ex (who Dig reckons is the Antichrist). The result is irresistible; an immensely enjoyable read that will guzzle up the hours and more than delight.

Thirty-nothing is Lisa Jewell's second novel, hot on the heels of Ralph's Party, which sold more than 200,000 copies and was the UK's top-selling debut novel of 1999. Lisa, who is currently writing her third novel, has also contributed a short story to the War Child anthology Girl's Night In, alongside Amy Jenkins, Marian Keyes and Freya North. Her Web site ( has a great guide to writing and getting published, plus a quirky list of Lisa's favourite novels and further information about her work. --Jane Honey


"Jewell writes with invigorating zest and lashings of what the shrinks might call emotional intelligence - pop fiction at its proudest." -- The Independent

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming 22 Aug 2010
I first read this years ago, and picked it up in a charity shop recently. I quite enjoyed it. The plot may be predictable (best friends realise that they are in love), but the characterisation and dialogue are sparkling. There's more that just naff romance - Nadine's dilemma with con-man Phil, Dig's sense of coasting, Delilah's troubled past and seemingly perfect present, and everyone's refusal to grow up before they have to. Better than most romance novels, and does a good job of writing both the male and female characters in a warm and believable manner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 26 Oct 2000
By A Customer
I don't see why anyone could give this one star. It's a great read. Its weakness is only the subject matter, which is very cliche, and yes, it's very predictable and you work out within the first 50 pages what's going to happen. But I think it is saved by Lisa Jewell's fine story-telling skills. She has a knack for making you turn pages and a very addictive style. The scenes are set-pieces aren't a patch on 'Ralph's Party', which was fresh and vivid - here in 'Thirtynothing' there are too many scenes which look as if they've been cut and pasted out of movies - such as the scene where Dig follows Delilah and thinks to himself 'He didn't do things like this, people in films did things like this...' But even so I think that for all its faults, it is still a cut-above the average CHick Lit novel, and something which will keep you glued to from beginning to end. Another good one which reminded me of this was Robyn Sisman's 'Just Friends' which is remarkably similar in style and subject - I can't work out which I prefer, Sisman's has a better, unpredictable plot, but Jewell is better at characterisation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable funny read 26 Oct 2000
By A Customer
I really enjoyed this book and found myself being irritated that I had this annoying break called work in between my reading sessions. Having read Ralph's party and then reading about Lisa Jewell's success story (Oh I wish!) and then deciding I needed a light book for the tube, this is what I came away with. I think it's better written than Ralph's Party and funnier, but maybe that's because I can identify with it more. My only criticism is that in the middle of the book there are far too many pages devoted to the loser-man's sad story, which didn't need so much detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lisa Jewell is my favourite author 18 Sep 2000
By A Customer
I loved Ralph's party and i didn't think lisa Jewell could write another novel as good as that. But she has! Thirtynothing is BRILLIANT, i laughed out loud, I nearly cried, and i was wincing in some places especially when Nadine gets drunk and leaves a message (i won't say any more, go out and read it!) Thanks Lisa, can't wait for the third book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really Hard Slog 22 Feb 2009
This was a serious challenge to read. Dont get me wrong, the story was perfectly ok. Predictable and fluffy about finding the love of your life in your best friend. But, and it's a big but, i just couldnt get past the altering tense and the author feeling the need to over detail certain things. Sentences at times ran like a biff and kipper book. Sections of narrative severely struggled and i found myself skipping over to the dialogue to prevent myself relegating the book to the back of my bookcase. A shame. It was an ok story, just not great writing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable! 6 April 2005
Digby Ryan hasn't found true love since his best girl mate Nadine didn't want to know. Nadine Kite has spent the rest of her life wishing that she didn't knock him back. But when Delilah Lillie comes on the scene, things change...
Delilah was the cool girl at school, the girl everyone wanted to know. She was Dig's first girlfriend, and took him away from Nadine. She broke Dig's heart.
Suddenly, she comes back on the scene, leaving Nadine's nose firmly out of joint. Nadine is so jealous, that she contacts her first boyfriend, Phil, who was a sponger and compulsive liar.
Then things get predictable. Delilah portrayed as home wrecker. Check. Bouts of drunken jealousy. Check. Pain as characters realise what they should have done in the first place. Check.
A good book for a quick read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Jun 2014
By moonmin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lisa Jewell makes her characters come to life.
Another brilliant read. Can't stop turning the pages but do not want to come to the end.
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Thirty Nothing was published over ten years ago and I've read it many times but the book is still as fresh and fun now as the first time I read it. Dig and Nadine have a wonderful, close friendship and I could feel Nadine's pain as she felt it slipping away, both while they were at school and years later as adults. Delilah was the epitome of cool when she arrived at the school; mysterious and beautiful, immediately popular and Nadine didn't feel she could compete for Dig's attention and her insecurities return upon seeing Delilah again.

Thirty Nothing is an amusing book, particularly Dig's interaction with Delilah's little dog that Dig ends up looking after. Dig can't stand the being around the shivering, whimpering dog to begin with but you can see an odd bond develop over time. One of my favourite parts of the book was a drunken answerphone message which involved Dig and his willy.

As well as the fun aspects of the book, there is also a bit of mystery surrounding Delilah - why did she disappear from Dig's life so suddenly twelve years ago and why is she back now?

The book is written in Lisa Jewell's light, easy and humorous style and is full of big, unforgettable characters. It's a story of lost and unrequited love, friendship and discovering it isn't always possible to go back and recreate what you once had.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best..
Being a huge fan of the extremley talented Lisa Jewell it took me no time to pick this one up. It starts well enough, some funny jokes here and there and Lisa's usual in depth... Read more
Published 18 months ago by L. V. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Although this is a fairly old book I have only just read this and I loved it, It reminded me very much of the book 'one day' by David Nicholls (or should I say one day reminds me... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by Ms. Zl Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
This was the first Lisa Jewell book I ever owned and I fell in love with it! Dig 'n' Deen have their childhood friendship thrown into the air when Delilah comes along... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2010 by Jill Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars No real surprises but a lovely read all the same
It's clear from the outset what the outcome will be and there are no other major surprises along the way, but Lisa Jewell writes in an engaging way and I enjoyed this book. Read more
Published on 14 April 2010 by Bookworm168
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Nice easy light read. Enjoyed characters, Dig, Nadine and Delilah. Liked the style. Deliciously enjoyable!
Published on 17 Nov 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Jem from Lisa Jewell
I have read all if Lisa Jewell's books and there is not one that i did not like.

They are all fantastic and witty and not what you would expect from a stereotyped "chic... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2008 by M. E. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, funny, feelgood read.
"Thirtynothing" is a little more predictable and less edgy than "One Hit Wonder" but I really enjoyed it. Lisa Jewell's books always leave me with a warm fuzzy feeling. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2008 by M. Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Delilah I can promise you that by the time we are through the world...
Digby (Dig) Ryan wakes up on the morning of his thirtieth birthday with a killer hangover and a nubile 17 year old in his bed. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2008 by KAT
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but enjoyable
If you are looking for an easy enjoyable read on the beach, then this will do. But don't expect much more. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2006 by EmsyP
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