My Pear-Shaped Life

My Pear-Shaped Life

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'So many women will find this book speaks to them. It makes you laugh and cry but it is truly inspiring' Katie Fforde

'Sweet, sad, insightful and joyful - this book pressed all the emotion buttons and I'm so glad it did' Milly Johnson

'A beautiful, tender and joyful story.' Susan Lewis

Meet Greta.

She's funny.

She's flawed.

She's hiding so much behind her big smile she's forgotten who she is.

But Greta is about to discover that the key to being happy is...being yourself.

Greta Gale has played the part of the funny fat one her entire life, hiding her insecurities behind a big smile. But size doesn't matter when you can laugh at yourself, right?
Until Greta realises she's the only one not laughing. And deep down, she's not sure if she'll ever laugh again.

But Greta is about to discover that sometimes the best moments in life come when it's all gone a bit pear-shaped...

'Poignant and profound, warm and witty, Carmel's brilliant writing invites us to look beyond the smiley face to the complex tangle of emotions inside us all. I absolutely adored it'
Sunday Times bestseller Cathy Bramley

'Warm, engrossing storytelling at its best'
Irish Times bestseller Sheila O'Flanagan
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 270g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 000827665X
  • 9780008276652
  • 236,109

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'Uplifting and powerful...I loved it' Cathy Kelly

'Greta is everywoman, laugh, love and cry with her. I truly couldn't stop reading. A beautiful, tender and joyful story.' Sunday Times bestseller Susan Lewis

'This upbeat romance will leave you smiling' Daily Mirror

'Warm, moving and life-affirming...Greta is a gorgeous character that you will fall in love with' Sinead Moriarty

'This book has given me life' Trish Hannon, reader review

'Original, funny, moving and brutally honest...perfect for fans of Ruth Jones' Debbie Johnson

'Funny, warm, heartbreaking - and so real and honest...You've never met a heroine quite like Greta Gale and you are going to LOVE her'
USA Todaybestseller Catherine Ryan Howard

'There's something about Greta we can all relate to, and her story has, perhaps, never been more relevant or important... a novel full of heart, wisdom, and courage'
New York Times bestseller Hazel Gaynor

'Will make you see life in a different way.' WOMAN'S WAY

'Convincing characters, always gripping, endearing, with a cracking pace.'

'Heartwarming & heartbreaking.' EVENING HERALD

'A popular voice in Irish publishing, often compared to the beloved Maeve Binchy, Harrington focuses her books on relationships, with a strong emotional overlay.'

'Her books are like a hug, they envelop you ... clever, finely honed, they make you think & make you grateful.' IRELAND AM BOOK CLUB

'An uplifting, relevant must-read.' IMAGE MAGAZINE

'Heartwarming & emotional.' IRISH COUNTRY MAGAZINE

'Get your tissues ready!' BEST MAGAZINE

'Touching, heart-aching, yet feel good read, full of love & humour.' LOVEREADING.CO.UK

'Quietly brilliant, will make you cry, laugh & cry all over again.' FEMALE FIRST MAGAZINE

'One of Ireland's most talked about female authors.' THE IRISH WORLD
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About Carmel Harrington

Irish Sunday Times bestseller Carmel Harrington writes issue driven contemporary fiction. With comparisons to Maeve Binchy & Liane Moriarty, Carmel writes with warmth and compassion about characters so believable that they could be sitting beside you. From Co. Wexford she lives in a small village with her husband Roger and two young children, Amelia and Nate. Carmel has published six novels, won two writing awards - Kindle Book of the Year 2013 and Romantic eBook of the Year 2013 and been shortlisted for a BGE Irish Book Award in 2016. Her books are published worldwide, regular chart toppers and are translated into eight languages to date. In 2017, she published two books - the official ITV novel and UK bestseller Cold Feet The Lost Years and The Woman at 72 Derry Lane which remained in the Irish Top 10 for five weeks. Her other bestsellers include The Things I Should Have Told You, Every Time A Bell Rings, The Life You Left and Beyond Grace's Rainbow.
She is a regular on Irish television as a panellist on TV3's Elaine Show. In addition, she is Chair of Wexford Literary Festival, which she co-founded.
For more information visit
You can find Carmel on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @HappyMrsH.
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Rating details

911 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 32% (288)
4 35% (317)
3 26% (237)
2 6% (52)
1 2% (17)
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