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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; First edition edition (1 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184845273X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848452732
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Engagingly watchable --Mark Adams, Screen Daily

...has more heart than most Hollywood rom-coms...an entertaining diversion and an example of mainstream Scottish cinema that easily holds its own . --Rob Dickie, Sight On Sound

About the Author

David Solomans is the winner of the 2016 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize


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Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I didn't expect to enjoy this book as the first few chapters are light verging on dull. It's a predictable story of a Glaswegian author who falls in love with the handsome French,with a Glasgow edge, publisher of her first book.He ekes a living from his publishing business but it turns out that he is in fact from a wealthy wine- making family. She falls out of love with him when he changes the title of her book even though it turns out to be a massive hit with film rights sold etc etc. (some people are never happy).

She starts living with the screenwriter of the film of her book but develops writer's block when she is trying to finish her second novel, the income from which will save the publisher's failing business. He,for some reason,feels she needs to be unhappy in order to complete the book and makes some far-fetched attempts to make this happen. When she finds out what has been going on,she,strangely,falls back in love with him and dumps the screenwriter. They live happily ever after!

I told you it was predictable!!
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I felt a bit cheated, when, a few chapters in, I read somewhere that this book is a novelisation of a film screenplay. Usually I avoid books OF films. Who wants to read a pumped up film script, after all (though this is novel format)? It's an adaptation of a simplified story already, though in this case I believe an original screenplay (by the author of this adaptation).

All through, even before knowing its origin, I felt something was strange about the writing, some jumping around of action, some character decisions that didn't make sense. It clicked when I discovered the film source.

This will make a great film, all the elements are there. Aspiring writer (of dark and sad first novel) is taken on by a maverick (and handsome) publisher. Both have feelings for the other. Book becomes a success. Their relationship does not. There's a best friend there as comic relief and advisor. Author finds happiness but gets blocked on next novel. Publisher decides to help his estranged author become 'unblocked'...

Very romcom, will-they-won't-they, with lots of likeable side characters (Roddy the best friend, Jane's own formerly-deadbeat dad).

As a novel, I don't think it stands up exceptionally well though it's an easy and light read, very glossed-over in parts though. As a film, I will probably end up watching this.
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The film was produced first and the book written afterwards, a different order to many films but this one worked. It has all the ingredients of a great chick film/book - girl meets boy, will they or won't they and is there a happy ending - maybe not in this case! I read this book before I saw the film and I think that each have their own positives and would recommend that readers both read the book as well as watch the film as each have their own highlights and look at things from slightly different angles.
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If you’re looking for something with all the charm and ease of chick-lit but with a sharper, smarter edge that isn’t an insult to a reader’s intelligence, this is perfect. Solomons delivers something with British quirkiness which is also dry and personable and which doesn’t descend into sentimentality or romance cliché.

I loved the characters, and enjoyed the sly swipes at the modern publishing industry: ‘So many modern editors... would prefer a mediocre novel they can compare to a hundred others than a great one that fits no easy category’.

I especially adored the irascible-but-sexy French indie publisher hero who prefers Glasgow to St.Tropez and never lets his devotion to correct punctuation drop: ‘If he was honest his foul mood was largely down to the parlous state of the company’s finances rather than Nicola’s inappropriate colon on page eight.’

This is bright and sassy easy reading which is also delightfully witty and romantic: the best kind of switch-off reading.
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Jane is a bestselling author who develops `writers block'.

Her publisher Tom (who is her ex) is determined to see her write another novel, to keep the publishing house afloat.

Tom suspects that the success of the first novel was due to Jane's miserableness. His goal: make her miserable.

Likable and well paced, I could picture how this would make a good movie. Not Another Happy Ending [DVD]

I haven't seen the film, but if it's 70% as good as the book it'll be worth watching.

A good holiday read. And can be read in one sitting.

Recommended.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Jane is a writer, trying (and failing) to get her book, The Endless Anguish of My Father, published, as her "Board of Pain" will attest to. Dubbed "The Hannibal Lecter of publishing" and "Attila the Hun with a red Biro", Jane is convinced Tom isn't actually like that when he gives her a two book deal, and they fall into bed together. But that all changes when he changes the title of her debut book. She owes him a press tour and one more book and then she's done with him and his publishing company.....but then she gets writers block on the final chapter.

Tom has his own struggling publishing business. He's looking for The One. The One being the book that's going to be a critically acclaimed bestseller and take his publishing company to the next level. Tom can't wait for Jane to write her second book for him and then leave, but with his entire business resting on the book, and with a final chapter stuck in writers block he needs a plan. The plan being to make her life utterly miserable until she completes it, because everyone knows that to be creative you have to be miserable....right?

"It had to be bad news. Nothing good ever happened on a Monday morning"

The character of Jane is easy to relate to as alot of her internal monologue is made up of things like the line above, that we all think, all the time. She's a fresh and realistic character. Both characters are well written and believable, from their language, and their actions.

The book is well written, with plenty of funny moments, from the subtle, to the lines that make you laugh out loud.
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