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Description - A Friend of the Family by Lisa Jewell

Meet the Londons, a family in need of a friend ...Gerry and Bernie London are proud parents of Tony, Sean and Ned, three wayward lads whose lives have suddenly reached crisis points: Newly divorced Tony is fantasizing about someone he really shouldn't; prize-winning novelist Sean's got a hot new girlfriend and a dose of writer's block; and Ned's just back from Australia, without the girl he took with him - or a clue what he's going to do with his life. If that wasn't enough for one household, the Londons also have a new lodger - a mysterious rockabilly called Gervase. Will he turn out to be a friend - or foe - to the family?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140295979
ISBN-10: 0140295976
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 26mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - A Friend of the Family by Lisa Jewell

UK Kirkus Review » Lisa Jewell's fourth novel, following on from her bestsellers Ralph's Party, Thirtynothing and One-Hit Wonder, is again set in London. It charts the loves and emotional growth of three brothers, Tony, Sean and Ned. The brothers' stories are nicely interwoven. Tony, the eldest, is divorced, overweight and has a secret crush. He's stuck with the adoring Ness, who's appreciated by just about everyone except him. The middle brother, Sean, is a novelist with writer's block. He's just met Millie, his dream woman... so why did she have to go and spoil everything with an almighty bombshell? Ned, the youngest, is just back from Oz. Persecuted by the unstable girlfriend he abandoned in Sydney, he's also frustrated at how his friends have all left him behind. How will he ever catch up? All of this is well done but so far, so predictable. Happily, Jewell has added an intriguing 'outsider' in the person of the parents' lodger. Gervase is the 'Friend' of the title and a 40-something rockabilly with mysterious powers. Suspicious at how he has insinuated himself into their parents' lives, each brother nevertheless ends up confiding in him. It seems Gervase has the ability to read - and soothe - people's minds. Thanks to his spot-on advice, the brothers face their problems and become far better people in the process. Gervase is an inspired character, lifting the whole novel by adding a delicious element of dark surprise. This is not just a novel about boys becoming men. It does romance in bucketloads and there are some fabulous, well-drawn characters, both male and female. Like Jewell's previous novels, it is pacy and feelgood, with the odd tearjerking moment. Perfect summer reading. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell is in her thirties and was born and raised in north London, where she lives with her husband and their baby girl Amelie Mae. She worked as a secretary before redundancy, a bet and a book deal took her away from all that. She is the author of four huge bestsellers: Ralph's Party, Thirtynothing, One-Hit Wonder, Friend of the Family and most recently Vince & Joy.

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