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Light as a Feather Paperback – 1 Jul 2002

4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752838091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752838090
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,128,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book received some great coverage, especially in view of the tough competition it faced in July. Helen secured a half-page feature article in the DAILY TELEGRAPH on sleaze in the city, as well as a review in the TELEGRAPH's book pages and a mention in the Diary. The book was one of four recommended beach reads in THE MIRROR's summer reading round-up, the PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH chose it as their Book of the Month for July and THE TIMES 'PLAY' magazine also reviewed. Helen was interviewed by the IRISH POST (due to appear this month) and by LBC radio - Helen was Mark Dolan's guest Sunday newspaper reviewer on 28 July. Magazine coverage was also strong, with reviews in NEW WOMAN, HEAT and BEST, as well as a competition and feature in WOMAN'S OWN due to be published in September. Finally, the launch dinner at Champney's City Health Resort was a roaring success, with journalists and Orion staff alike enjoying a healthy yet delicious meal (washed down with plenty of champagne!). The next day Helen visited key booksellers around London to sign stock and deliver goody bags containing 'Light as a Feather' t-shirts, delicious Maison Paul pastries and yet more champagne - not surprisingly, the booksellers are keen for Helen to visit again next year. 'Another fine comedy from the writer of 'Trixie Trader'SATURDAY TELEGRAPH 'Amusing stuff'HEAT 'Brilliantly observed and incredibly funny, it created a character even more lovable and identifia

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An hilarious novel from the bestselling author of TRIXIE TRADER.

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By A Customer on 15 July 2002
Format: Paperback
Mainly a very entertaining and enjoyable read. For the majority of the book, I flew through the pages with great unthusiasm. However, the predictability of the unrealistic ending caused me to feel a huge pang of disappointment. Let's face it ..... life is just not that easy!!!
To summarise, I loved Helen Dunne's Trixie Trader but this one just didn't do it for me! Maybe next time Helen!
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By A Customer on 9 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
Orla begins life an over sensitive young woman with zero self image. She believes that she is unattractive and thinks everyone has it in for her. As she embarks on her own adventure, setting up a web site and taking responsibility for helping others through dieting hell, she begins to discover that she has many unlikely friends in places she had not before dared to look. Orla blossoms despite many mishaps - both amusing and disturbing - along the way. The ending is cheery, but I found the plot clever and surprising throughout and it made me laugh out loud more than once. A recommended read
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Orla Kennedy is a press officer in a City bank who has some problems with her weight, but with her best friend wedding coming up, she knows that she has to change things. With the help of a friend she decides launch a web site "Light as A Feather" to not only help herself but others as well. Ligh as a Feather takes off, Orla learns that people likes her idea, but they don't want Orla to be the one to tell world about it.
This was the first book from Helen Dunne that I read and I really like it. Ms. Dunne gives her character real emotions about what it means to be heavy in a thin world. Overall "Light as a Feather was a really great Chick-lit that should not be missed.
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I wish the book had been longer since I devoured it in a sunny after noon at home. It gave me a warm feeling that the City could possibly be a friendlier place than it is. A great story line with enough realism in the description of the nasty City traders and colleagues to be plausible.
I just want to know if the author has actually met the male hero - so I know if I should keep looking? Does he exist?
Lets hope Helen writes a few more if these!
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I purchased 'light as a feather' after reading Dunne's excellent 'trixie trader', and although 'Light as a feather' is a good light hearted read, I don't feel it had the page turning qualities of 'trixie trader'. However Orla, the lead character is extremely loveable and you do find yourself as the reader really empathising and humouring her many dilemmas. Although as for how believable the story is, im not sure, but then again believability isn't really what you want from a good beach read.
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Although I loved Helen Dunne's first book, Trixie Trader, the eponymous heroine was difficult to empathise with - after all, she looked like Nicole Kidman. But LAAF's Orla is more human and therefore more lovable. And while Trixie was a great insight into the workings of the City, LAAF is far funnier. There are some genuine laughs here - it's ideal reading for when you are stuck at the airport this year with nothing but a highly calorific latte to keep you company.
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