Life, Death and Vanilla Slices

Life, Death and Vanilla Slices : A page-turning family drama from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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'Very dark and very funny' Jo Brand
'Utterly compelling' Jojo Moyes
'Totally compulsive reading' Jenny Colgan

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 . . .

A brilliantly observed, page-turning family drama from Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Eclair


'Wonderfully written, insightful and riveting' Daily Mail

'Both heart-rending and compelling' Clare Mackintosh

'SO immersive, atmospheric and compelling' Marian Keyes

'Witty, moving, dark and absorbing' Jo Brand

'An elegant, gripping and mesmeric read' Helen Lederer

'An absolute page-turner of a story' Judy Finnigan

'Compelling, compassionate and keenly observed' Independent

'Don't miss the unforgettable new novel from Jenny Eclair - INHERITANCE is out now
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 125 x 197 x 20mm | 232g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0751547557
  • 9780751547559
  • 101,279

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Utterly compelling, brave, angry and melancholy all at once . . . I want to read her others now * Jojo Moyes * Very dark and very funny. I had it glued to my face until I'd finished it * Jo Brand * Of course it's funny, but it's also dark, honest and totally compulsive reading * Jenny Colgan *
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About Jenny Eclair

Jenny Eclair is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novels Camberwell Beauty, Having a Lovely Time and Life, Death and Vanilla Slices, as well as the Richard and Judy Book Club bestseller Moving and the short story collection Listening In. One of the UK's most popular writer/performers, she was the first woman to win the prestigious Perrier Award and has many TV and radio credits to her name. She lives in south-east London.
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1,996 ratings
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4 39% (782)
3 15% (307)
2 4% (80)
1 1% (29)
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