My Lurid Past Paperback – 18 Apr 2002
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Henderson has admirably captured the vodka-fuelled world of the celebrity chef and media groupie. What makes out this particular helping of metropolitan mayhem is the author's acknowledgement of a girl's baser desires, and some entertaining Candace Bushnell-style deconstruction of THE RULES. (INDEPENDENT)
Henderson's sexy tale of sexy women falling in lust and wanting commitment is told with wit and verve. (MARIE CLAIRE)
This page-turner will keep you entertained right up to the end. (COMPANY)
This is one saucy novel. Very cheeky and witty- but honest. (PUBLISHING NEWS)
A delicious romantic comedy for grown ups - warm-hearted, cheeky and hugely entertainingSee all Product description
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She's successful, she works hard and enjoys it, she has a fabulous flat, great interesting friends, a full life, confidence, a spring in her step, shoes to die for, and by the way treats men like sextoys.
The book is about her evolution - one day she wakes up and doesn't want casual sex anymore, but the reverse petrifies her. Kids, yuck. Committment, terror. It's female Peter Pan Syndrome coming to an end, and what do you do when that happens?
If you are a Sam Jones Fan (as I am) this book may fascinate you, because it's really a closer examination of the exact situation that Sam finds herself in at the end of the last novel Pretty Boy. Do you hang out in your old life, or do you move in with Hugo? It's a bigger terror for Sam than any of the murderers she's met.
I suspect that Lauren Henderson used this book to delve into the hip-female-committment-phobe idea much further, perhaps to resolve some things in her own mind, before returning to Sam Jones' next step.
Lauren Henderson's take on the genre is witty, funny, and probably a bit more earthy than usual.
As the blurb says:
Take one single girl with a commitment problem (for that, read shags everything in sight! - um, that's my comment, not the blurb), one friend stuck in a sexless marriage, a celebrity chef with the sex drive of a rhino on Viagra, two very large Dutchmen, a mother from hell and a successful dominatrix ...
Fun fast read, ideal to read when lounging in the bath with a large glass of something alcoholic. Not good for maiden aunts or grannies!
It is actually refreshing that there is a marked difference in the styles of writing between the author's pseudonym and her actual name - to me this is the sign of a skilled writer who can appeal to more than one readership.
"My Lurid Past" actually focuses mainly in the present, but hints at what the leading character Juliette's life has been like before we meet her in the book. Basically she has spent several years having no-strings encounters with gorgeous men, after having her heart broken by her long-term boyfriend who had a gambling addiction (I myself went through a phase of playing the field because I was not healed from a previous relationship that ended badly, so I identified) and now she has begun to realise that moving from one meaningless fling to another is not nourishing... but maybe she is afraid to take a chance, or is unsure what constitutes a "suitable" man... and perhaps the grass is greener on the other side, as her best friend Gill has a seemingly idyllic marriage to a devoted and dependable banker husband. Meanwhile, as the story unfolds we get to know Gill is not happy either...
The characters are colourful, humorous and likeable - with the exception of Juliette's mother. I was waiting for some kind of a breakthrough in the relationship between Juliette and her brother Chris and their mother - but this little sub-plot illustrated how a dysfunctional parent can impact on the relationship between siblings as well as leaving each child damaged in some way. Seems to me that the mother was massively co-dependent (which is a contagious illness) I found it very touching how Chris comes through for Juliette when our first impressions of him are a bit of an immature bum who shirks responsibility. The storyline also hinted at Juliette having potential problems with drugs (although I have never taken cocaine I understand that for some people it is considered "recreational") and compulsive over-eating when she is feeling less-than. These are problems a lot of people face, but the book is about relationships not addiction, so I did not mind that Henderson did not make more of this. To me it just further illustrated how for all her likeable qualities, Jules was not entirely comfortable in her own skin unless she was fixing herself on something or someone.
As well as charting developments in Juliette's friends' love lives, we are very much left guessing what will happen with Jules herself - will she work out which of the men in her life is Mr Right and live happily ever after? Or will she realise she still has some healing to do and go it alone for a while?
Sometimes I get hold of a book that I cannot put down and find myself being dangerously anti-social and impatient, staying up too late and missing my favourite TV programmes until I have finished it. With "My Lurid Past" I actually preferred to savour it because it is just beautifully written - there are several uses of similes and metaphors which really tickled my palate. I am not such a gifted writer, but to try one of my own I would say it is like being at an Italian Sunday lunch banquet, where there are so many different things you need to take your time to taste and appreciate it all properly. So I read some of it each evening before bed, and the rest of it on the beach because I didn't finish it before going on holiday. I would say it's a suitable read for the sofa OR the sun lounger.
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