By (author) Emma Lee-Potter
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Taking Sides by Emma Lee-Potter
Book DescriptionWhen ace reporter Juliette Ward pictured exchanging her city home for the rural cottage she'd always craved, she really hadn't imagined swapping her stable marriage for a long-distance relationship. But her plans go awry when her DJ husband lands the breakfast show on a new London radio station.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780749933098
(178mm x 111mm x mm)
Imprint: Piatkus Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 25-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
UK Kirkus Review » Emma Lee-Potter's third novel confronts the reader with the harsh realities of life at the blunter edge of newspaper journalism. This is no glamorous expose of Fleet Street machinations; Lee-Potter's heroine battles for survival at a small Cumbrian paper, all the while trying to sort out her messy marriage and build bridges with her young son. Juliette is sick of London life - she hates the noise, the pollution, the fact she's been burgled three times. She is too scared to let her adored son Freddie play out, and the demands of her job are wearing her down. One more missed Sports' Day is the final straw; she decides the time has come to realize her dream and move to the country. But Joe, her DJ husband, has his own agenda. He has just landed a prime job at a new London radio station, and has no intention of giving it up to head off to the wilds of Cumbria. Much though Juliette loathes the idea of only seeing him at weekends, it seems to be the only solution, and she sets off to the country with Freddie, to begin her new life without Joe at her side. Juliette quickly discovers that life in Newdale isn't going to be the rosy rural idyll she imagined. There is no time to take Freddie for long bike rides, her hiking boots grow dusty in the wardrobe, and worst of all Freddie hates his new school. As Juliette lurches from one crisis to another, her designer heels sinking into the mud, the reader feels a certain schadenfreude tinged with pity. She is an exasperating heroine, volatile, self-centred and easily taken in (a dangerous trait for a journalist). Yet despite these faults, her overpowering love for her son and her belief in her marriage, even as it seems to be heading for the rocks, make her an ultimately sympathetic person. As events head towards a dramatic climax, Juliette finally comes to understand the community into which she has launched herself and her son. This is a thoroughly enjoyable book which will strike a chord with every modern working mother. Lee-Potter sustains a cracking pace throughout, and in Juliette she has created a heroine for our times, strong yet fallible, ultimately aware where her true priorities lie. (Kirkus UK)
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