Some Kind of Hero

Some Kind of Hero

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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 sitting atop it. In this sparkling novel Donna Hay tackles tough issues with warm-hearted comedy as she writes about love and families, and learning to live with the cards you've been dealt, and moving on and winning. And being some kind of hero more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 28mm | 421.85g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752840991
  • 9780752840994
  • 1,671,948

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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)show more

About Donna Hay

Donna Hay is a TV journalist. She has been a regular soaps correspondent of What's On TV magazine for eight years, and since 1998 she has had her own column in TV Times. In 1999 she won the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers' Award for her first novel, WAITING IN THE WINGS. Donna Hay lives in York with her husband and more

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LUNCH We are having a small publication lunch for Donna on 23rd June and will also visit some London shops to sign stock the same day. MEDIA Big feature interview with Donna on the Books page of the EVENING POST in York, which appeared on 18 June. Donna has a regular slot on BBC RADIO YORK'S Jules and Julia Show and will use the next show as an opportunity to plug her new book. MORE magazine will be reviewing Some Kind of Hero in their 25th June issue. We have submitted a number of features ideas by Donna to the DAILY MAIL and THE EXPRESS which are currently being chased up. 'Just when you think it's a comedyshow more

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66 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 14% (9)
4 42% (28)
3 33% (22)
2 8% (5)
1 3% (2)
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