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Size Matters by Judy Astley
Book DescriptionBig and beautiful? Or thin and miserable? Jay has always envied her cousin Delphine. While Jay was brought up in a large, noisy and chaotic family, Delphine was indulged, perfectly dressed with a co-ordinated bedroom, an immaculate wardrobe, dancing lessons and monogrammed silver-backed hairbrushes. Now Jay lives happily with her architect husband and their three teenage children, running a successful cleaning company and trying to keep some kind of order on her disorderly household, while Delphine has long since disappeared to Australia with her second husband. But Jay does sometimes wonder whether she should be more like her cousin - utterly well-organised and with a size ten figure. So Jay decides to diet. But what should it be? High carb, no protein? High protein, no carb? High fibre? Wheat free? Fat free? Food free? She tries them all, with a variety of successes and failures. But then Delphine reappears, with a third husband in prospect and the same old air of apparently effortless superiority. Jay never considers that perhaps Delphine is the envious one...
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780552771856
(197mm x 128mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Judy Astley
Merry Mistletoe Wedding, Paperback (December 2015)
It is almost a year since Sean and Thea met and it's been a roller-coaster ride: they're getting married on Christmas Day! Neither Thea or Sean want a big fuss - a simple wedding, with Christmas lights and just a few sprigs of mistletoe for decoration is all they need. But before they know it, things begin to get complicated.
Just for the Summer, Paperback (July 2015)
Every July, the lucky owners of Cornish holiday homes set off for their annual break. They close up their desirable semis in smartish London suburbs - having turned off the Aga and turned on the burglar alarm - and look forward to a carefree, restful, somehow more fulfilling summer. Clare is more than usually ready for her holiday.
It Must Have Been the Mistletoe, Paperback (November 2014)
Thea's parents decide to host a big family Christmas in a house by the sea, even though they are, in fact, about to split up. Thea herself is newly single - her sister and brother are both settled, with children, homes and a future. But Thea's boyfriend has ditched her in favour of his pedigree dogs, and Thea can't decide whether or not she minds.
In the Summertime, Paperback (June 2014)» View all books by Judy Astley
It's twenty years since Miranda, then sixteen, holidayed in Cornwall and her life changed forever. Now she's back again - with her mother Clare and the ashes of her stepfather Jack, whose wish was to be scattered on the sea overlooked by their one-time holiday home.
UK Kirkus Review » A funny, light-hearted English novel about cousinly rivalry and the modern obsession with thinness and diets. Jay successfully runs her own company, has been happily married for over 20 years and has three rather normal teenagers. All in all, hers is a good life but when her dreadfully perfect cousin Delphine announces her return from Australia old insecurities and childhood envy resurface. One reason for Jay's inferiority complex is that Delphine is size ten while childbearing and age has added some pounds to Jay. Her solution is, therefore, to try every diet there is before she has to face up to her immaculate cousin. But does the holy grail of thinness really bring perfect happiness? Popular author Judy Astley is a keen observer of human foibles and has an engaging style. Size Matters may not be riveting or deep, but the frothy story is still warm and sensitive. A good holiday read. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Judy Astley
Judy Astley was frequently told off for day-dreaming at her drearily traditional school but has found it to be the ideal training for becoming a writer. There were several false-starts to her career: secretary at an all-male Oxford college (sacked for undisclosable reasons), at an airline (decided, after a crash and a hijacking, that she was safer elsewhere) and as a dress designer (quit before anyone noticed she was adapting Vogue patterns). She spent some years as a parent and as a painter before sensing that the day was approaching when she'd have to go out and get a Proper Job. With a nagging certainty that she was temperamentally unemployable, and desperate to avoid office coffee, having to wear tights every day and missing out on sunny days on Cornish beaches with her daughters, she wrote her first novel, Just for the Summer. She has now had eleven novels published by Black Swan.
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