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Heartburn

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'I have bought more copies of this book to give to people, in a frenzy of enthusiasm, than any other . . . Heartburn is the perfect, bittersweet, sobbingly funny, all-too-true confessional novel' Nigella Lawson

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Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel discovers that her husband is in love with another woman. The fact that this woman has a 'neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb' is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel is a cookery writer, and between trying to win Mark back and wishing him dead, she offers us some of her favourite recipes. Heartburn is a roller coaster of love, betrayal, loss and - most satisfyingly - revenge.

This is Nora Ephron's (screenwriter of When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle) roman a clef: 'I always thought during the pain of the marriage that one day it would make a funny book,' she once said - And it is!

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Praise

I am not a great reader of comic novels, but Ephron's hilarious, recipe-strewn, semi-autobiographical account of a heavily pregnant woman whose husband has left her for a woman with a 'neck as long as an arm' is a treat. A perfect example of Ephron's gift for turning tragedy into comedy, Heartburn is evidence that revenge is indeed a dish best served cold - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

Heartburn took the most miserable personal situation and made it hysterically funny, inspiring and utterly relatable to women of all ages. I became obsessed with its author and thinly disguised heroine. - Sali Hughes, Stylist

'Nora Ephron's first novel is warm, witty and wise.' - Harper's Bazaar
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 131 x 200 x 13mm | 156g
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1844085171
  • 9781844085170
  • 2,395

Review Text

I am not a great reader of comic novels, but Ephron's hilarious, recipe-strewn, semi-autobiographical account of a heavily pregnant woman whose husband has left her for a woman with a 'neck as long as an arm' is a treat. A perfect example of Ephron's gift for turning tragedy into comedy, Heartburn is evidence that revenge is indeed a dish best served cold Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
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It is snortingly funny in its depiction of the death throes of a relationship. And it bursts with recipes. What more could you ask for? -- Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt Heartburn is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking and as brittle (very) as it is steely (even more) -- India Knight [Ephron] chatters up a storm, always on the verge of wisecracking up * Guardian * I have bought more copies of this book to give to people, in a frenzy of enthusiasm, than any other...Heartburn is the perfect, bittersweet, sobbingly funny, all-too-true confessional novel. There is not a wrong word - about food, marriage, life, love, loss -- Nigella Lawson Heartburn took the most miserable personal situation and made it hysterically funny, inspiring and utterly relatable to women of all ages. I became obsessed with its author and thinly disguised heroine. -- Sali Hughes * Stylist * I am not a great reader of comic novels, but Ephron's hilarious, recipe-strewn, semi-autobiographical account of a heavily pregnant woman whose husband has left her for a woman with a 'neck as long as an arm' is a treat. A perfect example of Ephron's gift for turning tragedy into comedy, Heartburn is evidence that revenge is indeed a dish best served cold -- Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train
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About Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron (1941-2012) received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally, Silkwood, and Sleepless in Seattle, which she also directed. She lived in New York City and was married to the writer Nicholas Pileggi
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Rating details

19,588 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 19% (3,754)
4 35% (6,920)
3 33% (6,375)
2 10% (2,019)
1 3% (520)
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