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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007336527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007336524
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,635,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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90s girl-about-town Mel is adjusting to life without posh-boy Alex, whose attempts to make it big in the music biz have propelled him to the land of the free and Bruce Springsteen. Having omitted to mention his grand tour to Mel however, he has left our heroine a tad disturbed--grounds indeed for taking comfort in the arms of smelly, over-sized accountants with juvenile tendencies. Alex's emotional return coincides with the news that Mel's old "friend" Amanda, social-climber pas excellent (sic), has succeeded in getting herself hitched to Scottish laird Fraser for whom Mel has long harboured feelings of an X-rated nature. Before long, Fraser's brother Angus and Mel's friend Fran--an evil-mouthed, scary, man-hater--join forces in an attempt to rescue the scruffy Scot from the talons of the wannabe "It" girl, whose only interests lie in a double-barrelled aristo title and an ancestral pile.

Amanda's Wedding flies riotously through the pre-nuptial rituals of stag and hen nights and disastrous dinner parties to a staggering, if inevitable, wedding day from hell. Colgan's merciless observations of the London social scene are as witty and sharp as her take on the (extra)ordinary lives of middle-class brunettes from Woking. "Four Weddings and a Funeral" meets "Boys Behaving Badly"--and what is flat-mate Linda's, dark (and milk), cacao-based secret? --Carey Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PRAISE FOR JENNY COLGAN:

‘Funny, magical and moving’ Time Out

‘A sharp, witty love story’ Observer

'Colgan is on top form with her latest outrageous romp' Cosmopolitan

'Jenny Colgan is one of the leaders of the pack … Fast-paced, funny, poignant and well observed' Daily Mail

‘Wonderful, warm and resonant' Hello

'Sharp, well-observed and hilarious' New Statesman

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When Mel and Fran's old school chum and arch enemy - the super snob Amanda, (Satan's very own PR girl), pulls off the ultimate publicity stunt in getting herself engaged to a Scottish laird - they descend into a drunken binge (and a night with the 6 foot 7 accountant who is the most boring accountant in the world) - which constitutes the worst drop into despair in the world. It seems Amanda does not mind that.Fraser McConnald wears the same pair of Converse trainers for years on end, and that his castle is a pile of rubble with one Calor Gas heater - Amanda wants to be titled - and what Amanda wants, Amanda gets - even if it means fake smiles, lots of bared white teeth and tight leather trousers.
Fraser, rather sweet and gentle, is clearly ignorant of her wiles (aren't all males though) so it is up to our heroine, Mel and her acerbic friend Fran, still smarting from the memory of Amanda's perfidy at school, to save him from mismatch of the century. To bring this all off and get her final revenge on her arch enemy Mel has to fight off an even greater and more pressing nemesis - the ardent attentions of the most boring accountant in the world, at the same time she has to keepg Fran's deadly manoeuvres with the opposite sex under control and try to win back the love of her life, the gorgeous, but fiendishly uncommitted Alex.
Walking with Mel through the wedding preparations which include hen night from hell are just wonderful, light fun.
This is a hellluva funny debut novel - well worth a read and definitely an author to watch out for. At times I thought it would tip over into self-concious joke telling - ah la most stand up comedians who end up writing books (Ellen de Generes, Paul Reisner et al) but this was great.
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I am normally a big fan of Jenny Colgan and always pounce on any new books of hers that I see on the shelf/online. However, this turned out to be an old book with a new cover, but I hadn't read it before so was ok. I don't feel that this book was what I would have expected from Jenny's normal style of writing and found my enjoyment of the book was marred by the constant use of bad language by the main characters. I am aware that some people do litter their speech with expletives but have not found such frequent use in Jenny Colgan's other books and I didn't appreciate that at all. A bit disappointed with this.
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Sorry, but this book can somehow just be described as lukewarm. Too many hangovers without having heard about the party, too many characters who have no idea what they want or where they're going (least of all the main one, Mel, who seemed to me to be of the ripe young age of about 17). For more laughs and actually grown-up figures stick to Jemima J (J. Green) and the like.
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I do love Jenny Colgan's books but I found myself not liking this one as much as some of the newer ones. I think you can tell this was the first book she had written and at times it was a bit 'here there and everyone's but it was still a good book and I enjoyed it
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I have read other Jenny Colgan books which have been witty and entertaining. This one was neither. Lots of booze, hangovers and a rambling story. I can only guess it was written early in the author's career. Not for me....
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Having read all of the lovely Jenny Colgan books about bakeries and chocolate I was so disappointed to find myself immersed in a book of, what I feel is, unnecessarily foul language. I was looking for an easy read and this is far from that. The characters are certainly not lovable and the storyline is tired. I struggled to read 25% then had to give up. I'll probably never read another Jenny Colgan book again. I'm sad about that. Sorry. I'm sure lots if people love it but it's not for me.
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Am half way through and not sure I'll finish it. It's not a book I would have thought this author had written due to the lack of substance in the main characters. It's pretty childish actually. Am disappointed and will probably bin it.
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I have read books written by Jenny Colgan in the past, and I find that her reading offers a great pick-me-up when you're in need of something light but entertaining. Therefore, I deliberately searched for one of Jenny's books for my next read, and found myself with Amanda's Wedding. I really liked the storyline in this one, and found myself really identifying with the main character. Colgan's witty comments always pop up unexpectedly, making the book interesting and humorous. I definitely recommend this one!!
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