Life, Death and Vanilla Slices

Life, Death and Vanilla Slices

By (author) Jenny Eclair

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Jean Collins had two daughters. But she only loved one of them. She knew it was wrong, but she just couldn't help herself. Jess was a little sweetheart, everyone said so. Anne was awkward and serious and not much fun, to be frank. But now the years have passed. Jess is missing - run off long ago, no one knows where or why. So when Jean is left in a coma after a road accident, it's Anne who travels back up north to sit at her mother's bedside. And she wonders - why did Jean dash out into the road without looking? What distracted her? And why was she carrying a box of vanilla slices, the cream cakes she only ever bought for extra special occasions? Meanwhile there are secrets waiting for Anne and Jean, back at the old family home. Secrets that were buried a long time ago ...

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 24mm | 320g
  • 15 Aug 2013
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Sphere
  • London
  • English
  • 0751547557
  • 9780751547559
  • 10,444

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Jenny Eclair is one of the UK's most successful and popular comedians and actors. She is the author of two previous, critically acclaimed novels Camberwell Beauty and Having a Lovely Time. She is one of only two female comedians to have won the prestigious Perrier Award

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Of course it's funny, but it's also dark, honest and totally compulsive reading Jenny Colgan Very dark and very funny. I had it glued to my face until I'd finished it Jo Brand Utterly compelling, brave, angry and melancholy all at once. It is brutal about the female experience, but also beautifully observed about the subtle complexities of being a woman. I thought Jean was an amazing character - and it is testament to Jenny's skill as a writer that despite some awful behaviour, the reader never actually loses sympathy for her. Most of all, it's just a great, honest piece of writing. I want to read her others now -- Jojo Moyes

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