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Stretching It by [Sutter, Mandy]
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Mandy Sutter s heroine is big in every way; heart, humour, size. An engagingly funny book about a lovable woman s search for love. --Jane Rogers - Winner of the Arthur C Clarke award 2012

This debut novel has it all: a dry wit, brilliant dialogue, clever plot twists and an irresistible new narrative voice. --Alice McVeigh - Author of While the Music Lasts and Ghost Music .

About the Author

Mandy Sutter is an award-winning poet, short story writer and hypochondriac who met her partner of ten years via Internet dating. They now live near the famous Ilkley moor with a large black dog called Fable. Mandy went to school in Nigeria and has co-written and published several non-fiction books about the lives of Somali women. Stretching It is her first novel

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1891 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Indigo Dreams Publishing (11 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DD1TMN4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #423,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Deceptively easy to read yet with a wealth of character development. I laughed so much over the dating scenarios - been there, got the T shirt! The story leads you on, and if it wasn't for the fact that I had to be up the next day, I would have devoured it in one sitting.

There's so much insight into human nature, such lovely writing - I hope this is the first of many from this writer.
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Mandy Sutter is a a good writer, a very good writer indeed. This book contains comedy, grittiness and is terrific about the precariousness of dealing with your family [in this case a monstrous mother], your work and finding a partner. With a loveable central character and shot through with witty perceptions, which anyone who has done online dating will wince at, and set in a recognisable and fondly described Leeds, it just whizzes along.

My only criticism is that it was so well-written that I read it TOO quickly. More please.
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I was drawn in from page one. I found this novel a pure page turner. As Jennifer a thirty-two year old and a size twenty four searches for her Mr right we are drawn to will her to find him. Jennifer write to lonely hearts looking for her Mr right. When she starts dating the men she finds it rather difficult to tell them she don't want to see them again. Her boss was going to make Jennifer redundant but he offers her an opportunity that might make it a blessing or a curse. Mandy is up there with the likes of Lindsay Kelk. I hope Mandy will write more novels soon. I highly recommend readers to read Stretching It. Review by ireadnovels.wordpress.com
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This is a beautifully structured and very entertaining book, and a page turner. It doesn't go the obvious way, which I like. It is at times laugh out loud funny, but also has some depth. The characters are fabulous. I think its a great debut novel and look forward to more. My husband read it too and really enjoyed it, so not just for women
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When a novel which begins with two strangers meeting on Huddersfield railway station doesn't immediately descend into another grim, Northern cliché, it's quite a relief. It's a positive joy when it goes on to demonstrate that people living in Yorkshire don't live troubled lives in't mill or down't pit, we have have actual careers and mobile phones and everything!

Stretching It does just that and more. It's a wry, witty,well written tale of thirty-something Jenny, whose problems are not all her own fault, but not taking charge of them is. Jenny's relationship with her impossible mother is tender but exasperating. Her love life has been permanently on hold and her career is under the scrutiny of a new boss who has anger issues.

She decides to take charge and life becomes somehow even more complicated when she tries lonely hearts dating. Jenny is a great character, her tribulations make you laugh and wince at the same time. I read the book in one sitting, finishing at two in the morning. It was worth the loss of sleep.
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'Stretching it' is a wonderful story of an underdog who bites back and is very witty with some sharp character descriptions. I lived in Leeds for 5 or 6 years so I enjoyed the descriptions of different areas of the city. However, you don't need to have been to Yorkshire to enjoy it, as the themes of disappointment in love, annoying relations and being sat upon in the work place are pretty universal. Recommended for entertaining beach reading. It would be great for commuting too, as long as you don't mind people tutting at you every time you laugh out loud!
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Loved it! A thoughtful, entertaining and very funny novel, full of interesting and believable characters. I identified and sympathised with the main character, Jennifer, perhaps because I am northern and overweight - but I am also a bloke. This is so much more than lit for chicks!
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Jennifer Spendlove is the Bridget Jones of West Yorkshire: no agonising about tipping the scales at 8 stones for Jennifer - she's right pleased to get into her size 24 skirt. And you can't imagine her succession of impecunious, inadequate boyfriends being played by Colin Firth or Hugh Grant.
Jennifer's self-esteem is so low that she will put up with anything: bullying at work and at home, even sexual humiliation. There's a lot of truth here about the way women can fall into the trap of thinking that any man is better than no man - and when Jennifer is at her lowest point, this comic novel teeters on the edge of tragedy and becomes much more than just chick lit. Needless to say, Jennifer doesn't turn her life around by becoming a TV presenter: this is the north, so Jennifer changes her life in much more realistic and satisfying ways.
This is a great read, full of northern humour, real characters and a heroine we can all identify with. I read it with a smile on my face.
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