Vigilante

Vigilante

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Jenny Pepper never expected to end up like this. Tired of her job and the domestic grind, and bewildered by her teenage daughter, one night Jenny stumbles into a vigilante rescue. Suddenly her world is exciting again - and she's a hero. In the costume, she can be anyone she wants. And so her secret life begins. But when a real villain appears, Jenny's need for adventure begins to cost her dearly. As she starts to see less and less clearly through the mask, she finds her fantasy life becoming frighteningly real. We all want to be extraordinary, and we all have a moment in our lives when we realise that we're not. Vigilante is about a woman who refuses to accept it gracefully...show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 137 x 204 x 33mm | 430g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0297864610
  • 9780297864615
  • 1,643,274

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This is a novel that, without worthiness, touches on everything from the sexualisation of schoolgirls to the misogyny of comics. Harris's debut, Jubilee, was a bestseller, and her entertaining follow-up deserves to match its success DAILY MAIL A quirky, entertaining read - I loved it WOMAN AND HOME This story is for any woman who has ever wondered if there's more to life than ironing PRIMA Meet Jenny - a bored housewife who runs a charity bookshop when not having to cope with her moody teenage daughter. Fretting over all the things she could have done with her life, she finds herself caught up in events that finally give her a chance to shine as a real-life superhero (sort of) BELLA Jenny's bravery us nothing if not inspiring. Aside from the backdrop of superheroism, the themes of boredom, relationship woes and a sense of dissatisfaction with everyday life are common to all of us HEAT Book of the Month: Bored with her life, she gives herself a kick-ass makeover and, dressed in cape and mask, pursues a secret life as a small-town vigilante - until a girl is brutally attacked and her fantasy world becomes reality SUNDAY EXPRESS This is funny entertainment wrapped around a tense thriller THE TIMES Vigilante is a novel in which character, voice, plot and themes come together to create a cracking read. It's a brilliant book. Highly recommended. THE WRITES OF A WOMAN Harris' writing is witty and beautifully poignant, Vigilante is shocking, empowering and hilarious funny throughout. WE LOVE THIS BOOK Harris is a brilliant writer and Vigilante is a clever, fun, original story which millions of women will be able to relate to BOOKBAG.COM Light-hearted at times, dark at others, there has been a great buzz about this - thanks, quite possibly, to this article in The Independent, where Shelley herself dresses up as a superhero. NOVELICIOUS Kick-Ass for small-town mothers ... fuses the wryly familiar with flashes of poetry, and the plot's thriller elements convey a real sense of jeopardy ... worked through with charm and verve Irish Examiner Her writing about the more ubiquitous trials of middle age and parenthood fuses the wryly familiar with flashes of poetry, and the plot's thriller elements convey a real sense of jeopardy. Press Associationshow more

About Shelley Harris

Shelley Harris was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1967, to a South African mother and a British father. She has worked, among other things, as a teacher, a reporter, a mystery shopper and a bouncer at a teen disco. When she is not writing, she volunteers at her local Oxfam bookshop, helping customers find just the right book. Her first novel, JUBILEE, was a Richard & Judy Book Club choice, a Top 10 bestseller and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize.show more

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85 ratings
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4 32% (27)
3 29% (25)
2 6% (5)
1 4% (3)
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