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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (10 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007118627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007118625
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A superior confection…one of Wolff's talents is inventing central characters that the reader can identify with…Wolff's writing quirks are charming.’ INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

‘A charming comedy that'll reel you in from the first page. ‘ COMPANY

‘Wolff has a light touch and a slick prose style that makes this story flow effortlessly.’ MARIE CLAIRE

‘This novel is so good because it’s funny, tender and true.’ CLOSER

PRAISE FOR ISABEL WOLFF:
Rescuing Rose
'Hilarious, moving, a wonderful story. I loved it.' WENDY HOLDEN

'Isabel Wolff has done it again. A cunningly twisted plot, a fabulously rewarding romance and a dog called Trevor – what more could you want?' JESSICA ADAMS

The Trials of Tiffany Trott
'I absolutely, genuinely loved. It's funny, charming, upbeat and unputdownable. Acutely observed, and so well-written. I was completely diverted and entertained' MARIAN KEYES

'A hilarious novel' JONATHAN SALE, Independent

Out of the Blue
'A fabulous romantic comedy' Emma Freud, Radio 4

'A warm, witty, romantic comedy. Perfect! Isabel's work has a lot of substance as well as the fun' Helen Lederer, Express

The Making of Minty Malone
'Hilarious and accurate…Truly gripping' The Times

'It's effervescent and heartwarming and somehow the pages just turn themselves' Big Issue

From the Author

To my great relief, 'Rescuing Rose' was a huge success in 2002. One of the things readers said was that they'd enjoyed the fact that Rose was an agony aunt, desperately trying (and often failing) to solve other peoples' problems - yet with an enormous problem of her own. So when I started planning book five, I decided that the heroine would be another agony aunt - but of a different kind - an agony aunt for animals and pets. So I made Miranda Sweet an animal behaviourist, but one whose own past behaviour leads much to be desired.

Behaviour is therefore one of the main themes of the book. The others are courage - different kinds of it - and also redemption and forgiveness as well. For Miranda has done something terrible years before for which she will seek atonement during the course of the book. This, crucially, is where the many references to Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' come in. And this is why I named my heroine 'Miranda' (a name Shakespeare invented specifically for 'The Tempest') because it means 'deserving of admiration' - but in many ways Miranda has not been admirable at all. During the course of the novel she must try and find the courage to do the honourable, admirable thing.

For Miranda faces a very difficult - I hope gripping - moral dilemma. She has hurt someone in her past - a young man called David. Now, sixteen years on, she decides to look for him and seek his forgiveness. But, to her dismay, she finds she's falling in love. How can she tell him the truth about herself - and who she really is - now?

Against this I've counterpointed Miranda's best friend Daisy's huge physical courage. Daisy happily parachute-jumps and hang-glides and abseils, yet lacks the courage to confront her long-term boyfriend, Nigel, about his continuing failure to commit.

I loved writing the animal scenes - the pet problems and animal 'agony' letters - the puppy parties and the dog show too. Nearly all my novels feature animals because they are such a touchstone for human feeling, and the way we treat them and interact with them says so much about who we are. But the critical thing about being an animal behaviourist is that you have to understand the human behaviour before you can begin to sort out the pet.

My novels involve a search for redemption - for the second chance that so often eludes us in 'real' life. I try to make them ultimately uplifting and hopeful. And I hope you'll feel that the journey to Miranda's redemption - despite her difficult moral and emotional struggle - was well worth your time.

Finally, if you'd like to know more about my books, or would like advice on how to get published yourselves, then you might like to visit my website - IsabelWolff.com.

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By A Customer on 14 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
I read the first chapter of Behaving Badly on Isabel Wolff's website and was so impressed I bought it immediately.
The book tells us all about Miranda Sweet, an animal shrink with very little luck with men and a dark secret to boot. This book really kept me hooked. So much so I was sneaking it into work to read when everyone was out of the office!
This is the kind of book you won't want to put down for a minute. An ideal read for those long drizzly Sundays the British weather bestows upon us!
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I'm a huge fan of Isabel Woolf and was eagerly looking forward to BEHAVING BADLY. I wasn't disappointed; it's as entertaining and uplifting as her other novels -- it's hard to choose, but it's her best, yet, I think. Her heroine, Miranda, is very vulnerable and appealing (but not wet) and you really care about her, unlike many 'chick-fic' heroines. And the situation she gets herself into is hair-raising but somehow the author makes it believable, and you're desperate to see how she gets out of it. Add to that exceptionally good writing, a clever plot, sharp humour, a sweet and sexy love story and a truly creepy villain and this is a winner!
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By A Customer on 16 Dec. 2003
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This is one of the most enjoyable reads I have had all year. It is full of interesting characters, a strong narrative and many jokes. The story is about how the heroine comes to terms and overcomes past events which have marked her. Animal behaviour is used as a metaphor in a witty and touching way. The thrill is in seeing how events unfold. The characters are all so well described and sympathetic that one really wants things to turn out well. The book is written in sparkling prose and I am looking forward to reading more by this clever writer.
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By A Customer on 16 Sept. 2003
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I have loved all of Isabel Wolff's previous books and had been eagerly looking forward to this new one. I am pleased to say that I was not at all disappointed. The lead character (Miranda Sweet) is, as ever, immensely likeable and you soon feel that you know her well. There was a great sense of humour in the book and I loved the details about the animal problems that Miranda deals with. (In fact I would love to be an animal behaviourist!!). Beneath the surface of fun in the novel there is a darker side and the author cleverly reveals the different issues slowly - which keeps you turning the pages. Roll on the next book Isabel!!!
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By A Customer on 2 Nov. 2003
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>I found it enjoyable from the first chapter through to the last page. It is a book I could relax with and has a fast pass that meant I had read it in a few days - only to re-read some of Ms Wolff's previous books.
I found Miranda to be a very sensitive character and Daisy was wonderful. I found the puppy classes particularly funny as would any relatively new mother, and all of the problem animals were great to read.
I love the fact that different characters pop up in different books (even the pets), I think this gives a really nice sense on continuation. Although having said this if the previous books had not been read it would not ruin a first time read.
I do like the fact the none of Isabel Wolff's characters are ever ditzy or bimbo-like. They are always strong independent woman with minds and hearts of their own.
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By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2003
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This book is fantastic I could not put it down. Its very uplifting and enjoyable. The plot is comlpex enough that you dont get bored but is not hard to follow. I loved it!!
I would recomend this book to anyone.
Certainly worthy of 5 stars!
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By A Customer on 21 July 2004
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When I read the back of the book, I thought that 'Behaving Badly' would be a nice book that would give me something to read for the rest of my holiday, and then I would forget about it. But this book was so great that I would love to read more of Isabel Wolff's novels.
Miranda is a very likeable heroine, and from the beginning of the book I felt that I could understand her. The stories of the problem pets she's worked with were also very interesting and a great touch.
I thought that the twists in the book, eg finding out that Miranda has done a terrible thing, were very unexpected and made the book so much more interesting and gripping than I'd have thought.
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By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2003
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Isabel Wolff has done it again! Her latest book is amusing and affecting. I thought the secrets that drive the plot (rather as black holes drive galaxies) original and startling, and I loved all the animal characters, particularly Herman the dachshund and the llamas. I also enjoyed making the acquaintance once more of Lily and Minty, two characters from Wolff's previous novels. Again, the author has shown that she understands very well the intricacies of the human heart with her depictions of romance, cowardice and courage.
For a light read (with depth) on the tube or the beach, you can't beat this wonderful book.
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