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The Truth About Melody Browne Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Sep 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 214 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books; Large type edition edition (1 Sept. 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0753184168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753184165
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,737,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For anyone who hasn't picked up a Lisa Jewell novel since her chick-lit classic Ralph's Party, it might be time for a re-acquaintance ... Jewell's writing proves as punchy and fresh as ever. Her lively depiction of inner-city London living and dating still rings true" (Independent)

"Lisa Jewell's writing is like a big warm hug and this book is a touching, insightful and gripping story which I simply couldn't put down." (Sophie Kinsella)

"Lisa's best book yet. I loved it." (Jane Fallon)

"Full of heart and humour, this will move you to tears. An absolute must-read." (Cosmopolitan)

"The Truth about Melody Browne perfectly illustrates the truth about Lisa Jewell. She writes like a dream, creates characters that you really care about and tells a story so compelling that it will still be with you long after you've read the last page." (Mike Gayle) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Lisa Jewell’s writing is like a big warm hug and this book is a touching, insightful and gripping story which I simply couldn’t put down. --Sophie Kinsella

Lisa’s best book yet. I loved it. --Jane Fallon

Lisa Jewell writes the tale so beautifully that the words just dance off the page and sweep you up in a literary waltz ... stunning. --Heat, 5 stars

The Truth about Melody Browne perfectly illustrates the truth about Lisa Jewell. She writes like a dream, creates characters that you really care about and tells a story so compelling that it will still be with you long after you’ve read the last page. --Mike Gayle

Classic storytelling --Elle

Full of heart and humour, this will move you to tears. An absolute must-read. --Cosmopolitan

What is revealed is a network of rewardingly complex characters, a dramatic, suspense-filled explanation of how [Melody] ended up where she did, and a family tragedy that is profoundly moving. --Telegraph

A refreshing departure from the usual girl-in-search-of-boy template…Jewell has a convincing eye for detail, and throws in a roller-coaster-worth of attention-grabbing twists and turns. --Guardian

Sincere and engaging with a great plot and believable characters. --Daily Mail

This will make you laugh, cry – then tell all your friends about it. --Daily Record

Moving and dark --The Times Summer Reading Selection

Easy and uplifting –-Grazia -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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I've been trying to wean myself off of reading 'chick lit' but I think that authors such as Lisa Jewell and Marian Keyes are a cut above the rest, especially as Adele Parks' last two books have been a little under par. Anyway, I digress, the book's plot centres around school dinner lady and single mum, the titular Melody, who lives a fairly quiet existence in a council flat in Covent Garden with her soon-to-turn 18 son, Ed. Melody has no memory of her life prior to a fire which occured when she was 9 years of age, however a date and a visit to a stage hypnotist changes all that when Melody beins to piece together the fragments of her past.

I took this book away with me on a weekend break and I was hooked, which is pretty rare these days! It was written to beautifully and the text flowed nicely. The characters were extremely believable and well crafted. I really admire the way that Jewell is able to deal with difficult, taboo or somewhat challenging topics with consummate ease, as she ably demonstrated in her previous novel 'One Hit Wonder'. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read and please don't be put off by any fluffy 'chick lit' preconceptions!
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I bought this on a whim for my holidays. I started it last night and will have to buy another book for my holiday as I've finished it already! It was a great read. I love Lisa Jewell's style of writing, she is very sincere without being overly sentimental and creates very believable and likeable characters. I especially enjoyed the way she portrayed the sibling relationships which were incredibly moving. Whilst the plot was far fetched, it still maintained believability - if that isn't too much of a contradiction - and I think that was mainly down to her skill in portraying the main character.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it 100%
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Young single mother with amnesia since house fire at age of nine starts to have flashbacks after attending a hypnotist show. I skimmed most of this book since I failed to connect with Melody, and didn't care what had happened to her. Ken, a hippy dippy type and Matty a childhood friend who became part of her childhood were really the only sympathetic characters. Two stars is generous.
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Having loved Lisa Jewell's previous books, I approached this one with high expectations, and wasn't at all disappointed! I bought it yesterday, and finished it at 4am, yawning but satisfied!

It's an unusual story of a fragmented life, but skilfully written so that as the strands weave together, they bind you to the characters and leave you desperate for a happy ending... But to find out if you get one, you'll have to read the book!
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I generally read history books, in particular military history and science fiction, I do try to read very widely but I am probably not a sterotypical Lisa Jewell reader/fan, if one exists. However I love these books.

I remember Ralphs Party, Lisa's first book coming out and it getting a lot of attention in the press about how good it was so I bought it and like most people loved it. I have recommended it to everyone I know since. And since then I have bought every book as it came out, I have some doubts if the next one could be as good as the first or that it might get too soppy/girly, but each time I have been hooked and impressed and moved.

This latest book is no exception. I was lucky enough to go to a signing/talk by the author at Waterstones Notting Hill last year when this book first came out and many of the audience had read it already and were talking about it - most saying how they cried at the end. I remember thinking I wont! But I think I did when I got to the point they were discussing!

This is a great book, I was hooked. An interesting and moving novel about a girl who has forgotten everything of her first few years and this is the story of how and what she discovers - the truth about Melody Brown!

I have never described Lisa Jewell as "chick-lit" this is simply great literature. Go and buy this book!
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The Truth About Melody Browne

When I read the first chapter of this book I wasnt that impressed, but I thought I'd give it a go and it was just absolutely brilliant, I read it within 48 hours until the small hours, then I went back and read the first chapter again. Another excellent story from Lisa Jewell.
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The Truth About Melody Browne concentrates on Melody, a young woman who has spent her life alone since leaving home at 15, after discovering she was pregnant. Fast forward 18 years and a date with a guy for the first time in years leads Melody to a hypnotist show, where she is hypnotised and subsequently passes out. On waking Melody suddenly starts experiencing memories from her past, but a past that she doesn't recognise as her own. As the story progresses, Melody learns more and more about this new past and the people in it. You share in her confusion as her life is revealed, not always fully and not always in order, but always with more intrigued attached, which certainly makes you want to keep reading.

As Melody finally pieces together her early life, those years before the age of 9 (the earliest age she has any recollection of), you start to get a real sense of who she is and why, as a youngster, she would have consciously blocked out the memories of her past. What makes this book stand out is the fact that you care about Melody and her story. She starts off as a closed book and you can almost see her unfurl as she learns more about who she really is. There are quite a few characters in this book, which can get a bit confusing at times, but luckily the majority of them are split between the past and the present, so once you get the hang of which time period you're in, it does become easier.

This only missed out on a 5 star rating because although things are wrapped up nicely at the end, I would have liked to have known a bit more about Melody and Ben and how things worked out between them. Other than that though, this a thoroughly enjoyable book from Jewell once again.
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