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Description - On Top of Everything by Sarah-Kate Lynch

Afternoon tea has never been so much fun! A bittersweet novel about life, living and the importance of cupcakes. Rotten things happen in threes in Florence's family, so when she's fired by her best friend and left by her husband in the space of a single afternoon, she knows there is yet more trouble brewing. And when her son Monty returns from his gap year Down Under it's only too clear what, or who, that trouble is. Then the plan to turn her crumbling home into a tea room hits a snag, the macram at her sister's house starts to seriously unravel, and why is her doctor leaving so many messages? Enter Will, a mysterious handyman with a secret stash of chocolate truffles, and soon life - with all its hiccups - is just her cup of tea.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781869419974
ISBN-10: 1869419979
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Black Swan NZ
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: New Zealand

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Author Biography - Sarah-Kate Lynch

Sarah-Kate Lynch is a novelist and editor, and has also worked as a journalist, radio presenter and columnist. She has published many hugely popular novels, plus memoir and a non-fiction book. She reviews, has hosted magazine book clubs, and writes two columns for New Zealand Woman's Day. Critic Margie Thomson has attributed the international success of Sarah-Kate's fiction to her 'distinctive voice at the quality end of the popular-fiction genre'. She lives with her husband and her dog, but she's often not sure where - and she likes it that way. See more at She is also on Twitter and Facebook. Sarah's novels include: The Wedding Bees, Dolci di Love, On Top of Everything, The House of Peine, Eating with the Angels, By Bread Alone, Blessed Are the Cheesemakers, and her first novel published in 2000 Finding Tom Connor. Her non-fiction work includes a collection of columns, The Modern Girl's Guide to Life (2002), the royalties for which were donated to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Her memoir, Stuff It! A Wicked Approach to Dieting, she has described as 'inspired by reading Ellen Degeneres and Fran Drescher's half nonsensical memoirs'. The Sunday Star-Times wrote on By Bread Alone, Sarah-Kate had 'cleverly Nigella-ed the "chick lit" genre by peppering the familiar lessons-in-love fare with descriptions so vivid and replete, I for one had a culinary epiphany', finishing up: 'Witty, charming, faithfully passionate to its subject and emotionally adept. If only this book was a man.' In The New Zealand Herald, Margie Thomson wrote of this novel, and Sarah-Kate's fiction in general: 'Her plots buzz along ... , her characters spring recognisably to life, she's extremely lively and funny ... especially when she's skewering the world of social flim-flam, but with a feel for language that results in some lovely imagery and, in this latest novel, genuine poignancy.' Graham Beattie in Citymix declared 'Lynch has moved to a new level which assures her of a bright future as a writer on the international stage. This is her breakthrough novel.' The Publishers Weekly reviewer described Blessed Are the Cheesemakers as being '[i]n the spirit of Chocolat ... a tender love story told through the medium of cheese', while Next magazine found Finding Tom Connor a 'cross between Bridget Jones's Diary and Waking Ned Devine, this is a romantic and rollicking good read'. The Dominion Post concluded of The House of Peine, which is set in a chateau and vineyard in the Champagne region of France: 'Impeccably researched, it reads like a dream.' While reviewing By Bread Alone, the Nelson Mail said: 'the humour, laugh-out-loud comedy and liveliness of the writing will be as familiar as the distinctive characters that populate her books. The well-researched attention to detail seems to be a trademark of her books, too.'

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