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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Export ed edition (7 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141035528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141035529
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 3.7 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Teesside, NE England, in 1969. I enjoyed a traditional 1970's childhood, watching too much TV and eating convenience food because nobody minded if kids did that in those days. Since graduating from Leicester University, where I studied English Language and Literature, I've worked in advertising and as a management consultant. In 2010 I was proud to be awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters from Teesside University.

I've always dreamed of being a writer and my first novel - Playing Away - was published in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified me as one of London's 'Twenty Faces to Watch', which was very nice of them!

I like to keep busy and to be described as one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women's fiction writers in the UK, (who wouldn't like that?!) Over two million copies of my work have been sold in the UK and I'm translated into 25 different languages. I've published twelve novels in twelve years, all of which have been Times Top Ten bestsellers. Whatever It Takes, my twelfth novel, examines those undeniable, lasting issues that seem to interest us all. It scrutinizes our theories of love, motherhood and infidelity with (I hope) honesty and humour. I'm known for examining the thorny issues of the lives we lead today with my trademark, up-front, tell-it-as-it-is style.

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'When it comes to fiction reflecting feminine issues, Adele Parks has her finger on the pulse' (Glamour)

'Wonderfully plotted, moving and insightful...shot through with funny, tender and observant moments' (Daily Mail)

'Full of emotional set-pieces and real insight into relationships between men and women' (Heat )

'A fabulous mix of comedy, real life and emotional depth' (Daily Express)

'A wicked pleasure' (Woman & Home)

'She is a particularly acute observer of relationship ups and downs, and her stories are always as insightful as they are entertaining' (Daily Mirror)

'Guaranteed to keep you hooked until the end' (She magazine)

'Parks writes with wit and a keen eye for detail' (Guardian)

'Deliciously down to earth' (The Times)

'Entertaining and sophisticated' (Marie Claire)

'Observant, sensitive and funny' (Closer)

'Dark, funny and observant' (Cosmopolitan)

'Compulsively addictive' (Elle) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
Adele Parks is deservedly one of the UK's most talented authors of female friendly fiction. In this sequel to the bestselling 'Playing Away', Parks continues the story a few years later, but using both major and minor characters from the first book to tell their side of the story via first person narrative. The narrators - John, Rose and Lucy provide great insight and their personalities juxtopose one another rather nicely and the characters of the two husbands, Peter and Luke are very muted, to ensure the reader doesn't get overtly confused.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a compelling read about modern day relationships and motherhood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robyn Morris on 10 April 2008
Format: Paperback
She's done it again! I loved the character of Connie the first time round, in Playing Away, and it's exciting to see how all the characters are managing in a life of school runs/PTA meetings/online dating/work and home life balance, and men still being ... well, men.

Adele has a knack for putting her finger on our fears and vulnerabilities, our dark sides, our hopes and expectations in love and friendship, and keeping the characters "human" - sometimes we just mess up, we hurt our friends, disappoint our husbands, and lie to our bosses. Equally, our friends bring out the best in us, they believe in us, fight for us, support us, and are as dear to us as family.

The tension surrounding Connie's "will she/won't she" situation is tangible, and had me jumping in my seat to get through the pages to find out.

Adele's honest observations are as refreshing and funny as they are thought-provoking and tormenting at times (OMG, am I like that in relationships/friendships, do I do that?!). Her language is quick, sharp and thoroughly engrossing.

P.S. You don't have to read Playing Away first, but do read it anyway as it's another top read.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bezerus Bezby VINE VOICE on 1 May 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved this latest offering from Adele Parkes. The follow up to Playing Away, but different in so many ways. For at start, the story is told from the viewpoint of Rose, Lucy (who stole Rose's husband) and the evil John, lover of Connie in the prequel.

Having Rose as a central character balances out the nastiness of Lucy and John so that you enjoy reading about them and their strange take on things! I was not keen on playing away, as I found Connie to be shallow and selfish, but as she is not half as bad in this book.

The writing style is quirky and funny at times. I couldn't put this book down. I read it overnight it was so unputdownable! I would say that this is one of Park's best books in a long time.

Enjoy.......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Shamma on 19 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
I've just finished reading this book, and I struggled to finish it. It took me a while, and I literally needed breaks in-between chapters because of how frustrated I would get with the characters.

I really did not like any of the characters. I hated John, I hated Lucy, I hated Peter, I hated Connie, and I had huge moments of dislike for Rose.

I would have to say though that the only plot that actually kept me interested long enough to finish the book was Rose and Craig's storyline. It just drove me insane how each of the characters were absolute jerks! Especially Lucy and John. Yeah yeah, I'll probably get the whole "but they redeemed themselves at the end". Well, it was a little too late for me. 50 chapters, and I had to wait till chapter 46 for me to feel the least bit of sympathy and understanding for either of them?

And I don't understand why Connie was made to seem like a central role at the back of the book, when John was the one given his own chapters. We don't even hear of John until his name pops up in Chapter 3. That's just me being picky I suppose, but I did wonder about it and so I'm mentioning it.

I gave this book 3 stars for two reasons. 1. As much as I did not enjoy this book, I have to give it to Adele Parks. She writes impeccably. She is an extremely skilled writer, and her characterisation, flow of dialogue and thoughts, structure, and all of that was absolutely flawless. Sure, I did not like neither the book nor the storyline, but I appreciated her writing skills.

And 2. It is not her fault I did not enjoy this story. She is a great writer, but I am simply the wrong target audience for this book. I am neither a wife, nor a mother, and this book seems to be targeted at both, and probably a wider bunch of females.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Love Books VINE VOICE on 20 July 2009
Format: Paperback
If this had been the first book I'd read by Adele Parks, it would have been the last. There's little of the fun, scandal, and sexiness of Playing Away, and unfortunately the two least believable/interesting female characters from the former book are the two main narrators of this one. Rose is annoying, smug and dull and Lucy I found completely unbelievable. She is a two-dimensional stereotype and impossible to care about as a character. Rose and Lucy are polar opposites, but neither was interesting or rounded or simply witty enough for me. I kept going but really didn't enjoy this book. If you are new to Adele Parks, I'd recommend Playing Away first.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Marquand on 27 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this new title.Written from the perspective of John Connie, Lucy and Rose the characters command sympathy from the reader- even John when we perhaps finally understand why he too, had many insecurities.

For any of you who have been in a relationship and perhaps felt second best to the "first wive" this book will change your feelings forever and make you realise that they too have hang ups.

For the single parents amoungst you it makes you realise that life should be grabbed with both hands, no matter what excuses you have, and for those of you newly married to a divorcee- you will learn how many of them come with more baggage than Heathrow airport.

I couldn't put it down.It made me laugh, it made me cry but most of all, when I finally closed the book after the last page, IT MADE ME THINK.

Enjoy
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