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Women of a Dangerous Age (Thorndike Press Large Print Women's Fiction) Hardcover – Large Print, 12 Feb 2014

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  • Hardcover: 559 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (12 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410465225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410465221
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,294,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A cracking plotline . . . Lou, the heroine, divorcee owner of a dress shop, is a winning creation. She's a sort of grown-up Bridget Jones, good-natured, chaotic, romantic, big knicker-owning and fond of large glasses of white wine. A happy, liberating read."
--"Daily Mail "on" Women of a Dangerous Age

""A delightful, witty take on middle-aged womanhood . . . A delicious read." --"Saga" on "Women of a Dangerous Age

""Fanny writes with hilarity, warmth and truth about how to navigate the tricky waters of womanhood." --Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of "The Shoemaker's Wife" and "Lucia, Lucia "on" What Women Want"

"Lou and Ali's unlikely friendship is wonderful. We should all be so dangerous!"
--Wendy Wax, author of "While We Were Watching Downton Abbey"

"A cracking plotline . . . Lou, the heroine, divorcee owner of a dress shop, is a winning creation. She's a sort of grown-up Bridget Jones, good-natured, chaotic, romantic, big knicker-owning and fond of large glasses of white wine. A happy, liberating read."
--"Daily Mail "(UK)

"A delightful, witty take on middle-aged womanhood . . . A delicious read."
--"Saga"""

Praise for "What Women Want"

"Fanny Blake is a wonder. Put on the tea, ring up the girls, and have a party. Here's a novel to savor and share with your girlfriends, sisters, and mothers. Fanny writes with hilarity, warmth, and truth about how to navigate the tricky waters of womanhood. I loved it."
--Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of "Lucia, Lucia" and "The Shoemaker's Wife"


""What Women Want" is like having a long, funny, and fascinating conversation with your very best friends and becoming deeply involved in their lives, families, and love affairs."
--Penny Vincenzi, #1 internationally bestselling author of "Sheer Abandon "and "The Best of Times

""A novel of female friendships, changed expectations, and shifting priorities. Readers who enjoy the works of Erica Bauermeister and Liane Moriarty will relate to this witty and realistic portrayal of modern female friendship."
--"Booklist

""Women take heart: Here is a novelist who understands exactly the comedy, absurdities, and frustrations of your lives. A delicious read."
--Elizabeth Buchan, bestselling author of" Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman" and "The Good Wife Strikes Back

""Full of insight with a sharp wit, this is about real women in realistic situations, entertaining and thought provoking."
--Katie Fforde, internationally bestselling author of "Recipe for Love "and "Love Letters"

About the Author

FANNY BLAKE was a publisher for many years, editing both fiction and non-fiction before becoming a freelance journalist and writer. She is the author of "What Women Want." She lives in London.


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I really enjoyed Fanny Blakes first novel and l have to say she is doing extremely well as a writer
and really hitting her stride with this book as a novelist of fabulous talent.

The plotline is amazing its a cracking story - two women meet on holiday hit it off immediately and
returning to delightful old Blighty find they have so much more in common than they could have ever
anticipated. Not in the best of ways either....
What happens next is a victory for common sense, and above all womens ability to overcome the worst
that can be thrown at them.

I absolutely love Lou, shes a good natured chaotic romantic fond of a glass of wine or three - its a
happy liberating read and l was gutted to finish it, well done l am looking forward to the next one.
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How often do you read books that make you look forward to a) your commute and b) going to bed? In my case it's almost never (especially since I hate both of those things) but, when I'm in the middle of a Fanny Blake novel, I want to go to bed early and get on the Tube for at least an hour.

Why? Because her characters feel like friends, and she really gets how important friendship is, her dialogue is spot on, almost uncannily so and I love being in the world she creates, however briefly. Most of all though, and the thing I like best, is that she has a really balanced eye for the absolute ridiculous nature of human endeavour and effort, both recognizing the importance of her characters' desires and ambitions, whilst at the same time gently mocking them in the light of the greater significance of love and relationships. If you want a book that is about real people and relationships, that explores friendship and frailty whilst being both thoughtful and funny then read this. Or the first one, What Women Want.
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Was intrigued by the reviews - and the good ones are absolutely right! Fanny Blake tells a cracking story and this is a real Thelma and Louise kind of female buddy novel. Women are allies and not automatically rivals over men. It's witty - lots of very recognizeable rather cringe-making detail - good plot twists and a rather wise and satisfactory overall outcome. I really liked it and would recommend it to anyone of a dangerous age - or younger - who wanted an engrossing holiday read.
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By Mistyange VINE VOICE on 7 Mar. 2012
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I have passed this dangerous age. I really enjoyed the story of Ali and Lou who met by coincidence in India at the Taj Mahal. I liked both the characters and the storyline. The book follows Lou and Ali as they become friends and business aquaintances, but their love life thats another matter. Ali had been a mistress to married men for so long and Lou recently separated from her husband of many years now her children are grown up. What happen's next, read it and see, it is well worth a read and not having read any of Fanny's books before I quite enjoyed it.
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By Mrs. T. SALMON TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2012
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I loved this book , I loved Lou , so much about her I found easy to identify with , as we are of the similar "dangerous age" the worries the too tight shoes , the sags and the drift downwards of the the fromer pert bits. Ali too is a character that I grew too like as you learn more about her it becomes easy to see why she led her life a serrial misstress. I will say the only thing I found a bit samey as other books is the opening of a shop selling vintage clothes , it seems to be a theme running through books of this type at the moment, not a huge problem but I just wonder why. It is nice to read one of these type of books with women of my age in rather than younger women , I would recommend for beach reading , sure to entertain and not depress
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By Roman Clodia TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2012
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Our heroines in this book are 45 and 55 and so I was hoping for something a bit different from the ditzy girls who inhabit chick-lit - but no: apparently age doesn't stop women from strewing their huge knickers all over airport concourses, buying beautiful shoes two sizes too small so that they're crippled on big nights out, and getting drunk and waking up in bed with the wrong man.

This kind of light read depends on sympathetic heroines, and I didn't warm to either of these women. 45 year old Ali's prissy eating really irritated me (she's the sort of woman who pays nearly £50 for a hotel champagne tea then `scraped an almost invisible layer of cream onto her scone followed by an equally meagre dab of jam'); and Lou just never sounded right for a woman who'd previously had a big job on a fashion magazine.

So this is light and escapist, a bit rambling, and with no real over-arching plot - not so much chick-lit for grown-ups, as chick-lit featuring older women who still act like they're in their 20s.
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I read Fanny Blake's last book and really enjoyed it. I was super excited to receive a copy of her new book through Vine.

'Women of a Dangerous Age' follows the story of Ali and Lou, as they begin a friendship. The two women meet on a holiday to India and continue their friendship when they arrive home. Things are all going fantastically until they realise they are more closely linked than they realised! They also open a shop, which sells clothes (that Lou gets from vintage fairs/makes from vintage fabric) and jewellery (that Ali makes).

Ali has been a mistress, before she went to India, and this might not 'sit' very well with some people. She sees what she is doing as no problem whatsoever. Lou has just split up from her husband and is getting used to being on her own.

I had a few issues with the book. I didn't like what Ali was and felt I couldn't warm to her at all. I don't like what she does/did. I found the women very hard to warm to and the story was just a little bit dull for me. Not a lot happens. I think you need to be a certain age to read this - Lou and Ali are in their fifties. I, personally, find it very difficult to relate to, being in my early twenties.

All in all, I'm disappointed. I enjoyed her first book and this one just didn't live up to my expectations. Sorry Fanny!
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