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Notting Hell [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Johnson
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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‘Our neighbours divide into the haves … and the have yachts.’

Meet Mimi and Clare, two married women making the most of their Notting Hill postcode. New best friends, and close neighbours, that doesn’t stop them being rivals, in fact it compels it. Both are aspiring Notting Hill Mummies (Clare needs the baby, Mimi needs the six figure income) and, keeping up with all the area’s fads, fashions and fabulousness is a full-time job. But the arrival of sexy billionaire Si in their exclusive communal garden strains loyalty to friends, family, spouse and feng-shui guru alike … and only one of them can win. But who will that be? Clare or Mimi? Are they friends, or just…neighbours?

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Shiveringly brilliant (Jilly Cooper )

An addictively funny read about the lives of the rich and richer **** (Heat )

A wickedly funny comedy of modern manners (OK! )


Shiveringly brilliant Jilly Cooper An addictively funny read about the lives of the rich and richer **** Heat A wickedly funny comedy of modern manners OK!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 995 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (18 Jan. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9KJ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure witty, cleverly observed entertainment 19 Oct. 2006
This is great fun to read especially if you know anybody with loads of money who is self-obsessed, spends their life shopping and keeping up with other similar over wealthy types. Also the sheer pretentiousness that is life in Notting Hill is brilliantly lampooned.

Johnson is clearly sending herself up as well as her nearby neighbours who must have a sense of humour since no one appears to have taken her to court yet.

It might not be worthy, serious literature but it had me laughing out loud, sometimes in horrified recognition and it's definitely a massive cut above much of the tedious chick lit out there.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise! 20 Feb. 2007
By helen
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I must say I approached this novel with a certain amount of trepidation as I knew Rachel Johnson from her newspaper columns, and I was emphatically not a fan. They always seemed to want to show off - often about really mundane things , so one felt embarrassed for the author.
But the novel seems to be made of sterner stuff! I was totally surprised that not only was it not as feckless and show-offy as I had feared, it was really accomplished. The point of view technique of how the two narrators see each other is brilliantly executed and manages to move the action along as well as being rather hilarious. I also liked the way the time-line was skilfully used to allow for flash-backs, filling in gaps in the narrative and thereby changing the pace of the plot. A few hiccups remain -one really doesn't want to read the expression "A-listers" in a novel, and the animal attraction of Mimi to billionaire Si sounds a bit ropey. Still - I was massively impressed how Rachel Johnson manages to write a novel which is funny, entertaining , thoroughly modern and still retains elements of a now sadly nostalgic seeming English wholesomeness and wistfulness.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chilling satire on yummy mummies 9 Sept. 2006
By Amanda Craig HALL OF FAME
For those who wondered whether life in Notting Hill is really the way Richard Curtis portrayed it in his film, Rachel Johnson's novel is a withering risposte. Don't be deceived by the trappings of glossy magazine designer labels, the occasional Jilly Cooperish puns about sex and the general YOU magazine stuff about Yummy Mummies. This is a portrait of hell, as lived by the super-rich.

It goes without saying that most readers will not know this life, or feel remotely sympathetic towards any of the characters, so it may be best to view them as being as weird as Desperate Housewives or bankers in Manhattan. The story is told through the eyes of two fortyish wives living on "Lonsdale Gardens", whose pistachio-painted mansions all back onto one of the areas famous private gardens. Clare is the childless wife of a modern architect remarkably similar to Johnson's neighbour (as we know from her columns), John Paulson, and Mimi sounds rather like Johnson herself being an "impoverished" mother of three and freelance journalist who can afford her house only because her posh husband Ralph inherited it back when NH was full of poor Afro-Caribbeans. Now it's a life of "haves and have-yachts", in which interior decoration is carried out on an annual basis and if one Mummy gets a swimming pool in her basement, everyone else must get one too.

The plot is pretty simple. Mimi falls for billionaire new neighbour Si Kasparian and enjoys a brief adulterous affair with him until discovering he's also shagging the gorgeous teacher at Ponsonby Prep. Clare is unaware that her husband is trying it on with every woman but her, but falls for Mimi's husband - a man so stuffily Old Etonian that he prefers fly-fishing to conversation.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars notting hell 26 Sept. 2006
Rachel Johnson's book Notting Hell is a very funny, amusing, approaching brilliant at times, look at life in W11. Her acute observations of communal garden living and take on life of what is viewed as the norm -left me wishing that more of the second part of the book was like the first sixty pages. A very easy read and very enjoyable.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 24 Aug. 2006
By Alan
No surprise having read this fantastic book that my local book shop obtained copies in advance of the official publication. It is wise, witty, funny, moving, provocative and idealistic. To propose, as young Rachel does with such amusing aplomb, the radical redistribution of wealth, takes courage.I hail a remarkable new talent and pray that she retains her youthful radicalism.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars saucy and delightful 5 Dec. 2006
Rachel Johnson really gets under the skin of all that bling, but has a great feel for character development. I really enjoyed this novel, and would like it to be seen not just under the genre of chick-lit, which I do think does put male pigs like myself off reading such fiction. Funny, yet with a great sense of pathos, which does seem to conclude with the idea that money is really not everything...well, almost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Notting Hell 26 April 2013
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Good, light escapist nonsense poking fun at the yummy mummy/designer-slaves brigade in a gentle manner. Worth a read if you want some light amusement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 26 Dec. 2012
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Nearly gave up but kept going ...good holiday read ! Characters took some working out but I am pleased that I carried on throughout.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars cant see the point of any of the characters - boring in the extreme
Cant finish it , cant see the point of any of the characters - boring in the extreme.
Published 4 months ago by The Cats Mother
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable
I don't often read chick-lit but was looking for a light read and found this book in our local charity shop. Having just finished reading it, I found it thoroughly enjoyable. Read more
Published 13 months ago by H. O'Sullivan
2.0 out of 5 stars nothing going
I bought this book based on the endorsement by Sophie Kinsella, but unfortunately I couldn't get into the story or identify with the characters. I found it actually rather boring. Read more
Published on 2 Mar. 2011 by rexclick
3.0 out of 5 stars Happy with purchase
Product condition was used and clearly had been. Happy with purchase and would buy again from seller.
Published on 10 Oct. 2010 by Anna
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to write home about
This was really nothing special and I was quite disappointed overall because it had all the ingredients to be a great yarn. Read more
Published on 11 July 2010 by Net
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
i enjoyed this. A witty insight into the self obsessed Notting Hill set, and a peep at how the other half lives (or pretends to! Read more
Published on 7 July 2010 by L. Burtally
3.0 out of 5 stars Tied up in Notts
I'm really not too sure what to make of this. It's not your usual tired chick lit (haphazard heroine, on the look out for a man who does all manner of amusingly endearing things on... Read more
Published on 27 Aug. 2008 by S.M. Gidley
1.0 out of 5 stars A hellish read
Johnson's stated aim is to mock the super-rich, super-elite West London social sect she belongs to. Instead, with every celebrity name check and description of their absurdly... Read more
Published on 17 Jun. 2008 by James Lyons
2.0 out of 5 stars Thought I was going to love it, but it let me down!
I loved the beginning and middle of this book - it's a sharp, accurate and satisfying satire about the 'haves and the have yachts' of London's most exclusive district. Read more
Published on 18 Oct. 2007 by Cando
1.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment...
Sorry guys, I really wanted to like this book and best thing about it actually is the title, which I found great. It simply does not live up to its hype or the blurb on the back. Read more
Published on 17 Sept. 2007 by T. Ljubic-Brown
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