Some Kind of HeroPaperback
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- Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- Format: Paperback | 496 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 26mm | 322g
- Publication date: 4 September 2004
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0752859072
- ISBN 13: 9780752859071
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
What do you do as a single parent when your kids don't want to share you with anyone else - except the person you least want? Single mother Tess is used to having to fight for her disabled son's rights, and is wary of getting too close to men. But Dan, at seventeen, is more independent than she realises, to the extent that he has taken it upon himself to bring his parents back together whether Tess wants it or not. Meanwhile, to their Yorkshire town moves Jack, a widower with a mountain of baggage and a stroppy teenage daughter. In this sparkling novel Donna Hay tackles tough issues with warm-hearted comedy as she writes about love and families - and being some kind of hero...
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Donna Hay's first novel, 'Waiting in the Wings', won her the RNA New Writers' Award, and since then she has attracted praise from critics for 'Kiss & Tell', 'Such a Perfect Sister', 'Some Kind of Hero', 'Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday' and 'No Place for a Woman'. She writes regularly for TV TIMES and WHAT'S ON TV magazine. She lives in York with her husband and daughter.
Teacher and single mother Tess has put most of her energies into fighting for her disabled son, and finds it hard when he wants to track down the father who left them in the lurch 17 years before and bring him back into their life. Then there's architect Jack, grieving for his dead wife and hoping that his move into the neighbourhood will help him and his daughters Sophie and bolshy Emily while he tries to stop his sister pairing him off with sexy Charlie, one of his work colleagues. At the same time there's something distinctly dodgy about a big project his office is involved with, a shopping centre, which is causing much local opposition. All these threads are skilfully woven together in a story that is full of humour and insight and which will strike a chord with anyone who has ever tried to get a teenager - or a work colleague - to do something they don't want to, or who has yearned to be talking to the dishy creature on the other side of the room instead of being stuck in a corner with the most boring person in the universe. We know that the penny will eventually drop for our hero and heroine, but this light-hearted and enjoyable story does have something serious to say about the plight of the single parent and about the courage needed to make a new start. (Kirkus UK)