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The Girl Who Just Appeared is a wonderful book - gripping and twisty and tender and touching. (Marian Keyes)
Harvey makes me SCREAM. (Caitlin Moran)
Absolutely delightful. Jonathan Harvey writes with all his heart and all his soul. (Lisa Jewell)
Harvey is a star writer... His third novel is very funny, as one might expect from such a brilliant writer of comedy - but it shows that he can also handle sadness and tragedy, plus a narrative that cuts effortlessly between present-day London and Liverpool in 1981... Sparkling and moving. (The Times)
Wit and warmth. (Sunday Mirror)
Sensitive, moving, yet fabulously entertaining and laced with humour. (Daily Express)
A warm, witty tale about personal history and accepting the truth about your family - however, unexpected it may turn out to be. (Heat)
From the award-winning author of All She Wants and the writer of Coronation Street and Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, comes this comedy with a huge, beating heart.See all Product Description
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I have smiled at the first sentence already and kept smiling or laughing out loud through the whole book, but also have dropped a few tears. This is a bitter - sweet book, sad - funny book and a wonderful read. Poignant and touching.
Holly has just buried her mother and with her father already gone and no siblings she's now alone. As she knows she was adopted, she decides to start searching for her biological mother. She has some information, her name and address where she was born, and totally unexpectedly she finds herself renting THE flat. Flat when she was born. It means she must move from London to Liverpool, leaving her job as a PA to a very moody and mean diva. In the flat Holly discovers a diary which belonged to a teenager Darren. He describes his life in this flat, his family: mother who was a prostitute and younger brother. After reading the whole diary, Holly decides that she's Darren sister. Through her new landlady Rose, who knows her biological mother, she get to know her as well and only learn that she's at care home with Alzheimer and so is of no help. But is this the whole true? Did Holly really find her family?
Of course while reading I was guessing, and you will be too, for sure, whirring your mind trying to string the facts together.Read more ›
She doesn't have much of a relationship with her boyfriend Jude either, and her boss is an absolute nightmare. When her adoptive mother dies, Holly does something unexpected. She's kept that scrap of paper with her birth mother's name and address for many years .... she's finally going to do something about it, she's going to discover who she really is.
Boyfriend dumped. Boss slapped, house-share terminated. Holly takes the train to Gambier Terrace, Liverpool, determined that she will, at last, find out who she really is.
When Holly discovers an old tin, full of yellowing papers, the story really starts to begin, and the reader is taken back to 1981 when Liverpool is in the grip of the Toxteth riots.
I really enjoy dual time narrative, as long as they are done well, and Jonathan Harvey has pulled this technique off so well in The Girl Who Just Appeared. The story unfolds and flits between the present day and 1981 seamlessly, engaging the reader in both aspects.
Jonathan Harvey writes with a sharp wit, sometimes smutty humour and great warmth. His affection for his home city of Liverpool shines though, and although I'm not familiar with the streets of that city, he really does manage to bring the place alive.
There are some serious subjects, and some poignant moments in this story, and it would be easy to trivialise these with humour, but instead, Jonathan Harvey manages to avoid this with characters and dialogue that really work so well.
Very different to my usual read, but nonetheless, very enjoyable. Well written, warm and funny.
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Wonderfully written as was all she wanted by the same author now looking for the next book just can't put them down started of just holiday resin but now completely hookedPublished 7 days ago by bed reader
Absolutely loved this book! I've read all of Jonathan Harvey's books now and this is one of the best. I love the style of Jonathan's writing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Edney
A book that you just can't put down, brilliantly written in two time frames that you can't wait to come together and for everything to make sense and fall into place. Read morePublished 3 months ago by LC
Loved the journey it took you on and made you think about your own attitudes to a lot of issues.Published 4 months ago
Really enjoyed the story it went at a very good pace and I enjoyed the twist in the tale at the end .Published 4 months ago by VIctoria Horvat
I'm a big fan of Jonathan, his books not only make me laugh out loud but the stories have a twist which makes for a more exciting readPublished 5 months ago by Ian B
great story, well written, excellent characters made for a fantastic readPublished 5 months ago by ka
I absolutely loved this book! Like nothing I have read before and got totally caught up in it! A real page turner with a great endingPublished 6 months ago by dilly