Behaving Badly Paperback – 10 Dec 2010
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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:
'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
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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
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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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
I would recomend this book to anyone.
Certainly worthy of 5 stars!
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.
For a light read (with depth) on the tube or the beach, you can't beat this wonderful book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this book! Took me a couple of chapters to get in to it but then I had to find out the big secret and what would happen. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Laura N Bren
This is a book that absorbed me when I was distracted by lots of stuff. Miranda has a complex life but her perspective on it is charmingly direct and I was drawn into her story,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
A lovely story with lots of interesting information on problem pets entwined into a mystery that is not revealed until the last chapter. Read morePublished on 16 July 2014 by GWQuizman
A good fun very light read- a very different subject matter about a pet psychologist. Light but lots of research had clearly been completed first.Published on 28 May 2014 by Budcat