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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Urbane Publications (18 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 191133171X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1911331711
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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Will have you laughing out loud and is hugely entertaining. This is a book that oozes charisma and character, one you will not be able to put down. --Nikki's Books4U

Hilarious...real life and so touching, a fabulous read! --Christina Green

About the Author

Gina was born during the not-so-swinging 50's to a mum who frequently abandoned her in a pram outside Woolworths and a dad who, after two pints of beer, could play a mean Boogie Woogie on the piano in the front room of their 3-bed semi on the Wirral. Being the less adventurous of three children, she remains there to this day - apart from a long weekend in Bognor Regis in 1982. Her teenage years were filled with angst, a CSE in Arithmetic, pimples, PLJ juice, Barry White and rather large knickers until she suddenly and mysteriously slimmed down in her twenties. Marriage and motherhood ensued, quickly followed by divorce in her early thirties and a desperate need for a career and some form of financial support for herself and her daughter. Trundling a bicycle along a leafy path one wintry day, a lifelong passion to be a police officer gave her simultaneously an epiphany and fond memories of her favourite author Enid Blyton and moments of solving mysteries. And thus began an enjoyable and fulfilling career with Merseyside Police. On reaching an age most women lie about, she quickly adapted to retirement by utilising her policing skills to chase after two granddaughters, two dogs and one previously used, but still in excellent condition, husband. Having said goodbye to what had been a huge part of her life, she suddenly had another wonderful epiphany. This time it was to put pen to paper to write a book based on her experiences as a police officer. Lying in bed one night staring at the ceiling and contemplating life as she knew it, Gina's alter-ego, Mavis Upton was born, ready to star in a humorous and sometimes poignant look at the life, loves and career of an everyday girl who followed a dream and embarked upon a search for the missing piece of her childhood.

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Well where do I start? I'd waited so long for this book as I had it on pre order from 2016!! It was so worth the wait...I winced, laughed, cried, giggled like an idiot, then cried some more. Hard to believe that this is a debut novel, brilliantly written it takes one on a rollercoaster of emotions, but in a nutshell it's a hilariously funny adventure, that would make a wonderful movie. Best of all, Mavis could live on into episode 2!
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A very funny book, it keeps you wanting more. I'm not much of a reader but this kept my nose well and truly buried in the book. Read it in three days which is a record for me. The antics of Mave are brilliantly described. I can't wait for the follow up book. Well done Gina Kirkham.
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A very funny book that is more than just a collection of amusing anecdotes. It is underpinned by a lot of substance and a great deal of the author's style, bringing the characters to life. Laughter as well as tears; highly recommended!
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Remember stories told very humorously in this book. The ups and down's of life in and out of blue. Great read. Lots of chuckle material. Looking forward to number 2
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Well what can I say I've waited so long to read this book after being teased with snippet after snippet for so long. Brilliantly written; a whole load of emotions whilst reading it I laughed out loud throughout. Well worth the wait!! Hilarious, laugh out loud brilliance! Perfect for a summer holiday read. I just can't wait to follow Mavis on to book 2 ;) highly recommend this book just make sure you have a box of tissues 😂 Xx
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This is a book you read with a smile on your face. Mavis Upton is a wonderful character. She takes a very brave step and never looks back no matter what hilarious, ridiculous, or embarrassing thing is thrown her way. The book is so funny, you'll laugh out loud. Mavis has her ups and downs in both her professional and personal life, but she's always ready for the next adventure. I'm looking forward to more Mavis in the future.
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Great holiday reading. Quick paced but with tragic undertones. Looking forward to the next instalment. Please get writing as soon as possible Gina
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I absolutely loved loved loved it...... Great read funny and so very heartwarming too... Gina is one very fabulous lady can't wait for her next book ..... Mavis Upton is so very real and reminds me so much of someone I know 😆😆 Well done Gina from a very amply happy fan Xxx
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