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Working Wonders [Paperback]

Jenny Colgan
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Book Description

29 July 2011

Laughs, love, office life.
And a little touch of magic …

From the bestselling author of LOOKING FOR ANDREW MCCARTHY and AMANDA'S WEDDING.

Laughs, love, office life. And a little touch of magic…

Gwyneth Morgan loves her job. And she's good at it – she's never faced a challenge she can't handle – until she meets Arthur Pendleton and his motley crew.

Gwyneth sets Arthur a challenge that makes his heart sink. His team can't even find their own desks, let alone win a prestigious competition.

Pitted against his ex-girlfriend, as well as his love rival and deadly enemy, Arthur is forced to break the law and overcome massive obstacles as he embarks on his quest to achieve the impossible – and maybe, just maybe, win the heart of the enchanting Gwyneth.

As Gwyneth learns some surprising revelations about the man she'd once considered just an inept colleague, she's forced to reconsider. Is it possible that Arthur is her knight in shining armour?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000710555X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007105557
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.

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Amazon Review

Jenny Colgan has carved out some highly individual territory as a writer of great warmth and humour; she is a clear-eyed observer of human nature, as ready to extend sympathy to her characters as she is to be sardonic about their foibles. With Working Wonders, this brand of humorous writing is satisfyingly in evidence once more, wedded this time to a complex and intriguing plot.

Arthur Pendleton has led an unexciting life, working as a town planner and slowly realising that his life holds few surprises. Then he encounters the head of a team of management consultants, the beguiling and beautiful Gwyneth Morgan, a woman Arthur finds himself intimidated by. Her job is to inspire Arthur and his ill-assorted team of planners to take on a daunting task--ensure that Coventry becomes the new European city of culture. Looking around at such colleagues as nerdish computer expert Sven and the unhappy (and long-suffering) Cathy, Arthur becomes increasingly dispirited. And then, astonishingly, Gwyneth shows signs of being attracted to him, and (even more surprisingly) his team begins to fire on all cylinders with ideas. But which is more achievable: beginning a relationship with the intriguing Gwyneth, or making Coventry appear interesting? The elements that made Jenny Colgan's earlier books bestsellers are firmly in place here: quirkily observed characters, capricious plotting and a truly involving sense of the way in which most of us live our lives. Both Arthur and Gwyneth are beautifully drawn, and even if the basic theme (dull hero and brighter heroine in a non-metropolitan culture clash) may owe something to David Lodge's Changing Places, it's none the worse for that; this is an enchanting read. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.


‘It comes as no surprise to learn that Jenny Colgan once wanted to be a stand-up comedienne. She has a genuine ability to make people laugh…’ DAILY EXPRESS

‘Hilarious reading…a shrew and entertaining romantic comedy.’ OBSERVER

‘Funny, magical and moving.’ TIME OUT

‘A sharp, witty love story.’ OBSERVER

With the humour and warmth that have made her previous books bestsellers, she expertly transforms Arthur Pendleton's bid to make his home the new European City of Culture (and sweep ice-cool Gwyneth off her feet at the same time) into a delicious comedy. Will melt even the
hardest of hearts.' RED

‘hugely entertaining and very funny.’ COSMOPOLITAN

‘Colgan’s witty book perfectly captures the frustrations and petty vexations of office life.’ SHE

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Trees! 21 July 2004
I usually enjoy the jenny colgan/katie fforde type novel - quirkily and warmly themed, perfect for light reading. This book however was disastrous. I felt colgan was trying to become to 'lit' with the bizarre and unsuccessful attempt at introducing a modern day arthurian legend. She wasnt comfortable in this almost fantastical realm of fiction and the book felt muddy and trapped. Give it a miss.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not her best 25 July 2006
At first it seemed boring, but I forced myself to continue reading it as she has written some good books, it started to get a bit interesting in a "weird book" kind of way and I thought maybe it would be worth getting to the end. Totally disappointing. The end is awful, I was utterly disgusted. I wouldn't recommend anybody to part with their hard-earned cash for this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars As dull as coventry in the rain ! 13 May 2003
By A Customer
Format:Unknown Binding
This book was dreary and dull , the jokes were abysmal I'm still reeling from the "minstrels " gag .
The characters were paper thin and the plot nonsensical why bother grafting an Arthurian legend onto a tale of Town planning in Coventry ?
the only reason i gave it two stars was because it had a character called "Dave Gorman " in it
try "A year in Van Nuys " by Sandra tsing loh its much more fun than dreary ole coventry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 21 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:Unknown Binding
As a great fan of all works by Jenny Colgan I found myself severely disappointed with 'Working Wonders'. Her usual character depth is missing and the book feels like it's been written in a slapdash five minutes. Where I understand this is a new style for Ms Colgan, whereby situations are formed through conversation rather than description and the plot's hero and heroine seem to be a new and modern take on the romance of Arthurian legend, I'm afraid it doesn't work for me and I can't get past page 81!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wow 29 July 2004
I have never read such an awful book. The story is awful as ar ethe authurian refernces, one-dimensional (if that) characters, confused humour. I was really dissapointed as I was a big Jenny Colgan fan. This book, I'm afraid, has exposed a novice writer with a lucky break. Lets hope her editor does a bit more work on the manuscript next time. Shame on them for publishing this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely terrible 15 Aug 2004
By Emer
This is the worst book i have ever read. It has taken forever to finish reading and the only reason i continued to read it was just to see what it was all about. Dont waste your money or your time on this book. I found it very confusing and all over the place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars contradiction 17 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Unknown Binding
I really didnt enjoy this book! Having read all her other books and having enjoyed then and found them hard to put down, i had to force myself to finish this one. It was unfunny, unclever and just really boring to read. It read like a book by an ameteur! Oh well, try it if you want, but I certainly wouldnt recommend it!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A good ad for sticking to what you know 2 Oct 2003
By A Customer
This author didn't. For a start, does she even know where Coventry is? What it's like? That is not in fact a town? Does she know anything at all about town planning? EU procedures? Yes, it's intended to be humorous, and there's such a thing as poetic licence, but there's also such a thing as research, which Ms Colgan clearly has no truck with at all.
Apart from that, the whole story is so incredibly far-fetched as to be risible for that alone.
I liked it for about the first chapter. Then the inaccuracies start to multiply. The characters, who start out fairly likable and credible, turn into caricatures. The story goes from the fairly amusing to the completely ludicrous. Unfortunately, it stays there for the rest of the book.
If you must read it, buy it second-hand or borrow it from a library, but don't waste money buying it. I have a copy spare if anyone's interested...!
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Published 14 days ago by squich
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor ending
Ok book, but didn't like the ending, didn't really understand that part
Published 1 month ago by shirley glowacki
2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing
After reading a lot of the reviews on this book I wanted to read it myself to see if was as appalling as people had said it was. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gemma
2.0 out of 5 stars was a bit shocked by this!!
I actually borrowed this from a friend who had read it and asked me too so I could explain it!! I have read all Jenny's books now and by her normal standards this is quite bad! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mimmy G
5.0 out of 5 stars l don't write reviews
l don't write reviews sometimes l read them but take no notice as l think what you purchase or view is your choice read the product description and if it draws your attention then... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daisey
1.0 out of 5 stars What Can I say?
I'm normally never beaten by a book, but I'm at page 41 and am close to defeat. I may pick it up and try again sometime, but then I may not. Read more
Published 10 months ago by janice
5.0 out of 5 stars Working wonders
Another great read by Jenny colgan. looking forward to the next book. 5 stars!!!!!!!!! Highly recommended read. Great read on a rainy day.
Published 15 months ago by amy
5.0 out of 5 stars great
She's always a good read, her books are gentle, amusing and a great way to escape for a little while into another world.
Published 16 months ago by Rowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Working Wonders
I have just started reading Working Wonders and up to now it is living up to expectations, so looking forward to finishing it
Published 18 months ago by Bern
1.0 out of 5 stars Save yourself
I gave this to the charity shop (and felt guilty doing so) as I wouldn't insult any of my friends by donating it to them - this is one of the worst books I have ever had the... Read more
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