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Anywhere's Better Than Here by [Venditozzi, Zöe]
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'Zoe Venditozzi has created such a resonant, authentic portrait of a young woman stuck in a rut that we can all imagine knowing someone just like her . . . When Laurie gets involved with an ex-soldier, the manner in which she gives in to her impulses, nervously but without over-thinking them, is also rendered sympathetically and believably.' --Alastair Mabbot, The Herald

'This is Zöe Venditozzi s first novel, which is not obvious from reading it. The style is rather like Laura Marney - unpretentious and confident, modern and edgy. The tone is blackly funny with a kind of yearning romantic thread. The rather convoluted plot is competently propelled by her deft dialogues and credible characters, and of course, the suspense of the unsolved mystery . . . Deceptively light, the book still delivers real punches. I am looking forward to her second novel.' --Cynthia Rogerson, Northwords Now

'What a treat it is to come upon a first novel so accomplished and wise.' --Barbara Gowdy, author of Falling Angels, The Romantic and Helpless.

About the Author

Zoe Venditozzi was born in 1975 and grew up in a small village in North East Fife. After graduating with an honours degree in English from the University of Glasgow, Zoe worked in a variety of jobs including selling answerphones, nannying and editing the letters page on The People's Friend. When Zoe and her husband moved to New Zealand she decided to train as a teacher and dreamed of becoming a writer. However, it was only when she returned to Scotland and started having children that Zoe started to write seriously. Zoe has an Mlitt in Creative Writing from the University of Dundee and has had short stories and poems published in various magazines and books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 678 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press (18 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ZH6UQW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,786 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed reading this and found the style light and engaging. I often identified with Laurie's inertia and subsequent desperation for change and excitement, a need to break the monotony even when it risks destruction. Her voice is one I recognise and once or twice felt Venditozzi was speaking straight from my soul.

There are perhaps one or two less than convincing plot movements, but then to me I believed in the fragility of the characters and was able accept the occasional dubious decision making.

Overall thoroughly enjoyable, why not give it a try!
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I loved this book. It's the sort of book you can read with a hangover without having to go back and re-read it, but it is not without substance. I was hooked from the first paragraph, the main character is cleverly portrayed and I identified with her straight away. I found myself snorting away at times, really witty observations throughout especially in regard to the hopeless boyfriend. I always go for the same types of books and this was totally outwith the norm for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I understand this is Zoe's debut novel, and I really hope there is more to come.
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I read this book on a flight, in one sitting, as the style of writing is accessible and compelling. I found that the story lingered with me for a few days, in a Kafkaesque manner. It's pretty hard to be sympathetic to the main character as she doesn't display a great deal of emotional or intellectual depth beyond her thoughts about men. I found this bleak and real, as Laurie strains to find meaning in life through her association with others. I felt Venditozzi captures those years of a womans life extremely well. This is the story of an individual but also a description of how society shapes women. At the end I was left wanting more, to know if she manages to find a sense of identity, in herself. Maybe Venditozzi will revisit Laurie is a decade or so and let us know.
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Picked this up from the daily offer for 20p. It is an easy to read book and didn't take too long to finish. I usually like my books more sinister and so was expecting the 'twist' to be darker, but unfortunately it wasn't. Adequate enough for my first download.
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A really great story that kept me gripped right until the very last page. I actually got a tad cross with a couple of the characters but I guess those were the ones that were annoying Laurie too. Won't give the plot line away for those of you that are wondering whether to order the book but I would say, yes, do it. It's a quick read but one that keeps you interested all the way through. Love the author's writing style. You can imagine the type of person she is just by reading the way she uses language (sometimes a bit fruity but that was fun). I was a little fearful that it would be a bit of a depressing read but it really wasn't.

A fun, but thoughtful read and I can't wait to see what her next novel brings. A sequel maybe?
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This is a beautifully written, funny, thought-provoking debut from Zoe Venditozzi. The central character is Laurie - a frustrated young woman in a dead end job, in a dead end relationship, in a wet, grey, dead end town. Sounds depressing? Not at all. The dialogue is funny and pitch perfect - the characters well realised and (sometimes horribly) recognisable. Laurie is intelligent and witty but also selfish, arrogant and indecisive - she reminded me very much of my twenty something self. Descriptions of her man-child boyfriend and his tea-drinking mother made me cringe with delight. This book is the antithesis of chick lit - it deals with real themes (love, loss, belonging), in a real way (with sarcasm, confusion, arguments and avoidance). Read it, find out for yourself.
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Fiction is about getting lost in a story, a character, a moment.
Zoe Venditozzi's novel is a study of grief, of loss and of that moment in time where you lose who you are and battle to find it again. How do you begin to build a life when you don't know yourself - those are the problems Laurie (the damaged main character) faces.
A fantastic debut novel.
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Every time I apply eye liner I think about Laurie.

This book isn't just for young females, it's for anyone who has ever thought to themselves 'Anywhere's Better Than Here'
Books, films and music are a form of escapism. Even if you're transporting yourself into Laurie's shoes and wondering what am I doing with my life! We all have dreams and aspirations. They may or may not come true but I found my dreamy self dreaming along with Laurie.

I'm no literary genius and I have really bad grammar, but I can appreciate a good book when I read one.
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