Ralph's Party Hardcover – 26 Mar 2002
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Lisa Jewell lives in North London. While on holiday a friend made her a drunken bet: dinner at her favourite restaurant if she wrote three chapters of a novel. Just over a year later Ralph's Party was finished. In a similar style to Marian Keyes' Rachels Holiday, Ralphs Party introduces the residents of 31 Almanac Road, a three-storey Edwardian house in South London. The house, divided into flats and its inhabitants are the focus of this contemporary, romantic novel. Ralph and Smith, who live in the basement flat are beginning to doubt that they will ever find a suitable flatmate until Jemima comes along. In fact, Jem finds herself more than suitable when both Ralph and Smith fall for her. Karl and Siobhan live in the flat above and they have been together in total happiness for fifteen years. That was until Cheri, the cold, calculating but very sexy lady in the top flat sets her sights on Karl.
Lisa Jewells fast paced, well-observed and thoroughly engrossing first novel has been well worth that bet for dinner. --Pat Naylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Sex, Romance, Destiny ... or just flatmates?
Meet the residents of 31 Almanac Road in a romantic, engrossing novel that takes you up the garden path, through the front door and into the most intimate parts of other people's lives.
Ralph and Smith are best friends. Until they both fall for Jem, their new flatmate. Jem's got a strong feeling that one of them's the man for her - but which one?
Karl and Siobhan live in the flat above. Happily unmarried for fifteen years, it looks as if nothing could spoil their domestic idyll.
Except maybe Cheri, the femme fatale in the top flat. She's got her eye on Karl and she isn't about to let his fat girlfriend stand in her way ...
Ralph's Party is my first novel. I was a newly-redundant secretary on holiday in 1996 when my friend Yasmin made me a drunken bet around the swimming pool at four in the morning - if I wrote just the first three chapters of the novel I was convinced I had inside in me (aren't we all?!) she would take me for dinner to my favourite restaurant.
Never one to renege on a bet, I did it. And look what happened! I am now a full-time writer, working at home on my second novel, Dig and Delilah which will be out next May.
Beyond my wildest dreams ...
However, I'm still waiting for Yasmin to take me out for dinner.
If you like Ralph's Party, - and I really hope you do - please - don't lend it to your friends - make them buy their own! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
It's basically the story of a house in Battersea, and the lives of its inhabitants, which become inextricably linked. How many of you know anything about the people who live in your house? Hardly anything, aand that's what makes this such an interesting contemporary London story, too.
It's a great book: the ideal tube read, holiday read, or novel to give to your best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend ... whoever. Just read it!
'Thirty-nothing' is also a good read, though not as tightly plotted, and written in a more woolley, sloppy style than this one. To my mind, 'Ralph's Party' has more insights and a better writing style than many literary novels I've read recently. The prose is descriptive, rich in images, and written with an admirable precision and control.
I have to say the book is extremely entertaining. I read through it in one day, pausing only to make a cup of tea. I should also point out that this is not my usual reading style, although I do have very catholic tastes.
Some of the relationships are quite heart-rending, and at times you'll secretly want a less realistic turn of events. But you'll always be moved. I personally found the "rude bits" quite erotic as well - and I normally don't go for that sort of thing.
It's Quite remenisant of Notting Hill, and would make a superb film.
The only downside is that the male characters are a bit... well... not so real. But I still really liked them.
Buy it. You won't regret it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Felt the same about this as After the Party - bought both together to take on holiday, due to Lisa Jewell's reputation/reviews; quickly realised that I'm too old to care about any... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Nanwell
Delivered on time and an absolutel delightful book. Very much into Lisa Jewell and now have most of her books. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stellab
A good read, but make sure you read this one first as "After The Party" is obviously a follow up - thoroughly enjoyed both. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Penny