Having said all that, this book, I found to be weak. Clara is a middle aged mother, dealing with a slump in her marriage and self esteem. If you've read the first book, it makes reading this one even better, although it could stand alone. If you know of India Knight, you will recognise lots of her and her personal life in Comfort and Joy. Apropos and fitting pre Christmas read.
What I do see in Clara is a woman who has difficulty with her relationships, probably due to having never me Different, funny, poignant Clara is nothing like Bridget Jones, so I am not sure why the publisher felt it should be used for marketing the book. Book is in very good condition. And that is exactly what I liked about this book it was fun and had many laugh out loud moments, but not one you want to listen to in public without earbuds in it does get a little racy in spots but that is half the fun of this book. Yearly she drives herself to the brink of madness searching for the perfect presents, cooking the requisite giant meal, and trying to maintain harmony among her troops. I usually read A Christmas Carol during the holiday season. Read the book on paper - it is quite a powerful experience.
Though most people who have read the book were quite put off by her character, yet I found her comfortable to be around, like a pair of old slippers. India has transferred and merged much of herself and her personal life and characteristics onto Clara, e. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original black paper covered boards, metallic red title and author lettering to the spine, Publisher's illustrated end papers. She was awarded an exhibition to Trinity College, Cambridge, where she read Modern Languages from 1984-1987, before starting her career in journalism. Meanwhile, something weird has happened to her marriage, and the ho, ho, ho is thin on the ground. Every year she goes out of her way to create the best Christmas with hilarious results.
I could almost hear myself within her words. Its December 23, and Clara Dunphy is running around Oxford Street like a chicken with its head cut off trying to pick up a few last- minute bits and bobs. ReturnsHere at the Country House we work ever so hard to ensure the quality of our books and the satisfaction of our customers. So now I'm tucked into a holiday Regency romance, I'm hoping that will suit me better. Not personal familiarity, but in that I used to read her column every single week and I'm familiar with her life story. Condition: Brand new, Format: Paperback, Language: English See More. If I hadn't been stuck in a 2-hour doctor's appointment to get through most of it, I don't think I'd have finished it.
Miraculously, this is a feel-good story that manages not to be saccharine. Not lady-like, gentle little snorts, but great big loud honking snorts! I guess I just prefer the traditional, cheesy Christmas stories. Now, I know that it is probably one of the most challenging things for a writer to come up with an utterly unique voice - but between the weird biographical details, the middle-class smugness and the terrible, grating, carbon-copy voice, I wondered if I'd stepped into some bizarro world novel version of The Times. This is the same set of characters as My Life on a Plate - only the story takes place years later. The book is divided into three segments, each one set at Christmas in sequential years. There's a lot of bawdy talk, some laugh out loud bits of dialogue, one exotic locale and an ending that leaves open the possibility of another sequel, involving more extended family. Only my good friend LindaS would understand this.
It's December 23rd, and Clara is running around Oxford Street buying presents. Knight captured a lot of genuine emotion, but without the book exuding an overly sentimental or sappy tone. Instead, I was met with unrelatable characters and a disorganized plot. She is often crude, near the knuckle and unforgiving. Condition: Very good, Format: Hardcover, Language: English See More.
Product Description Bestselling writer India Knight explores the inevitable panic that family and Christmas bring in her third novel Comfort and Joy. Then she goes into a hotel to have a drink, and an extremely good looking man asks if he can sit with her. Clara does have slightly unusual Christmas events as she includes former spouses and in-laws. She is also a regular guest on British radio and television. But I loved how she handled it, I myself would have drank much more! The cast of characters largely remains the same, but their lots in life change a little bit here and there.
Clara is a harassed mother of three children from two different dads. Humorné vyprávění o lásce a sexu v každém věku, o tom, jak udržet funkční manželský život i po několika dětech, jak se vypořádat s příliš emancipovanou vlastní matkou a jak se při tom všem udržet při zdravém rozumu a nezbláznit se. First of all, you really need to 'get' India Knight's style of humour, espcially if you want a really good snort. Or they are for me, anyway. The story takes you through 3 Christmases 2009-2011 and all the trials and tribulations of it all. Enjoyable, light, funny, with lots of interesting characters.