Just Friends

Just Friends

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From the bestselling author of two of the loveliest, funniest novels of the last decade comes "Just Friends", a fresh romantic comedy that wittily dissects love, friendship and the true meaning of compatibility. Freya and Jack are just friends - which is fine until she moves temporarily into his New York apartment. Jack is a spoilt Southern playboy sporting an unfinished novel and a girlfriend with a tongue-stud; Freya is a tall English blonde with attitude and a knack for choosing the wrong man. The strain of living together threatens to end their friendship, but then Jack escorts Freya to Cornwall for the wedding of her younger sister. Could intimacy breed romance? Or do they know each other far too well to fall in love?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 112 x 178 x 38mm | 299.37g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0140280952
  • 9780140280951
  • 583,885

Author information

Robyn Sisman is the author of SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP ('Irresistible ... keeps you up until the small hours' Daily Telegraph), and PERFECT STRANGERS ('Perfect summer reading: heart-poundingly romantic and achingly funny' Company), both of which are published in Penguin. She lives near Bath with her husband and two children.show more

Review Text

Can men and women ever be 'just friends?'Sisman answers her own question. 'Ever seen a pig fly?' But Freya isn't listening. Her skies are full of winged porkers...Freya, a lawyer, is an English resident in New York; a refugee from her father's second marriage; now in her mid-30s, she's uneasily aware that it's time to Settle Down. Jack , her intermittent flatmate, dilettante novelist living on handouts from his rich father, obviously isn't husband-material. Anyway, they're just friends. Solid, dependable Michael would be ideal, and they are already lovers, if rather tepid ones. Freya talks it over with her sensible friend Caterina. A decision is made. A die is cast...What follows will have the reader shaking with laughter (because of course we've guessed around page five what will happen) and skimming through the pages to prove we're right), full of admiration for the author's wit and sagacity, while totally absorbed in the convoluted story. This is ultimately, a novel that uplifts the spirits; gently mocking, sharply critical of the tackier side if contemporary publishing (seen from the inside by the author); as sympathetic to the genuine writer and the problems of creativity ('a mystery, like lighting a fire without matches') as she is censorious of the 'manufactured' novelist whose main assets are 'youth, good looks, contacts and gimmicks'. Born in L.A. but resident in England's West Country, Robyn Sisman can still make us hear, see and smell New York, a city she loves, where people 'grab their pleasures by the scruff of the neck and wring life out of them', as well as England's remote south-west, where the sea laps against the land and people still wear extravagant hats to weddings. Racy, thoughtful, sexy and romantic, with some real surprises along the way, it's a refreshing treat, and a nice fat book to curl up with. (Kirkus UK)show more
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