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Unchained Melanie [Paperback]

Judy Astley
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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4 Mar 2002

Melanie finds herself single again after years of being one half of a couple. Her friends predict loneliness, frustration, disaster. Her parents are convinced she’s a failure in life. But Melanie is overwhelmingly excited to be able to do her own thing – she plans a programme of behaving badly, after a lifetime of behaving properly. With her daughter off to university and ex-husband Roger married off at last – to his lamentably young girlfriend whom he accidentally got pregnant at the office party – she has what a teenager would call a Free House, and she intends to make the most of it.

But is the single life quite all it’s cracked up to be?

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; paperback / softback edition (4 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552999504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552999502
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Judy Astley began writing novels in 1992 after working as a dressmaker, illustrator, painter and parent. Her specialist areas (based on years of hectic personal experience) are domestic disharmony and family chaos with a good mix of romance and humour thrown in. She has also been a regular magazine columnist. Judy has two grown-up daughters and lives in London and Cornwall.

Her latest book is I Should Be So Lucky (Black Swan) and her 18th, In The Summertime, is scheduled to be published in July 2013.

Judy's website address is http://www.judyastley.com

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A laugh-out-loud read guaranteed to appeal to anyone who’s ever wondered if there’s life after marriage -- Woman's Own

You’ll have a laugh reading this -- Woman's Way

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Is there life after marriage?

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1.0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your luggage allowance 10 Nov 2012
For a book that was actually very well written I was extremely disappointed. Was there a plot? It seemed to me just stereotypical characters (husband, neighbour, mother, daughter in particular) thrown together and the ending was too predictable. I didnt find it funny just a bit annoying.It was meant to be a holiday read but I'm glad I didnt waste the luggage allowance taking it. As an estranged wife myself, perhaps I just wasnt ready for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New author to me, great book! 10 July 2012
This is the first book I've read by Judy Astley. Found the book in Hay-On-Wye and thought it looked like a fun, light-hearted book, which it is.

There a funny moments in the book, and the characters are likeable even if they seem a little bit flat at times. The plot wasn't especially strong, but I guess that can be expected from a book that isn't too serious. I did feel like some things were left sort of unanswered or ended abruptly with no second thought (don't want to spoil anything though!). It did seem odd that Melanie didn't seem very bothered about her only child going to university, she didn't seem to think about her at all, or even contact her!

Overall though, this is an enjoyable book that is easy to read and quite funny. I would definitely recommend it, it's a great summer holiday read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great books 15 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
love judy astley books cant get enough of them. she doesn`t write
enough of them. really enjoyable. easy to follow and very amusing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not quite up to scratch... 8 May 2002
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Normally, on opening a Judy Astley book, I become consumed by the myriad characters, the chaotic family life, the sometimes slightly sordid undertones....but this book was an exception. For a start, the Melanie of the title lives alone, so whilst we are treated to glimpses of her (ex) husband and daughter's lives, we do not get the sense of family life that we do in Astley's previous novels. In its place is much pontificating on the pleasures of being able to live alone, which leads to a somewhat empty feeling- the main character is very solitary and even her misadventures feel very pedestrian. (She rebels by having a garden makeover and betting small amounts on the GGs, which says it all really... )
I also found it very unsympathetic that Melanie was so delighted to see her only child go to university, with no apparent regret or sentimentalism- this just did not ring true!Nevertheless, it's not all bad. Astley's style remains engaging, and she has many positive points to make about women living alone- I just wish she had encapsulated tham in a more riveting and personable story.
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