Fict Romance & Pop Holly Denham Holly's Inbox

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Holly's Inbox

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9781402219030: Holly's Inbox

Dear Holly,

Are you sure you know what you're getting into...?

***

System alert: Inbox full of scandal, romance, and office hilarity!

Meet Holly Denham. It's her first day as a receptionist at a London investment bank and inexperienced Holly is struggling. Take a peek at her email and you'll see why: Holly's inbox is a daily source of drama. An affair with a sexy VP heats things up at the office, but when Holly's first flame (who, she thinks, left her in the lurch) gets a job at the same company, complications abound.

How's a working girl supposed to have a love life with a demanding job, crazy friends, a dysfunctional family, and gossipy colleagues? Not to mention that Holly's been keeping a secret from everyone - and the past is about to catch up with her.

Written entirely in emails, this compulsively readable UK smash hit will keep you laughing and turning the pages all the way to its surprising and deeply satisfying ending.

Repeatedly compared to Bridget Jones' Diary, hollysinbox.com became a website phenomenon, with thousands of daily visitors from all over the world. This novel tells Holly's story in full, and also includes exclusive extra material not available on the site.

PRAISE FOR HOLLY'S INBOX:

"I didn't get any sleep last night because I just HAD to finish it!"
forums.handbag.com

"The new Bridget Jones' Diary..."
ShinyShiny.tv

"Are you ready for the Bridget Jones' Diary of the digital age?"
Trashionista.com

"Be warned... once you start reading, it's addictive."
Shiny Fashion

"Bound to be a huge success."
Guardian Unlimited

"Compulsive reading."
Heat Magazine, 4 Stars

"A hilarious delve into someone else's daily life."
Closer Magazine, 4 Stars

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About the Author:

Holly Denham is the pen name for Bill Surie the owner of a placement service for receptionists and secretaries in London. He started the Holly's Inbox website as a place to serialize his first novel. The website became an overnight sensation and his second novel is now in the works.

Excerpt. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:

Excerpt from Holly's Inbox

MONTH 1

***
Week 1
Monday

Subject: To Holly—New Job
From: Mum and Dad
To: Holly
Holly,
Exciting news about the job. Are you enjoying it?

Your sister has a parcel (books or something) that needs bringing out with you, when you come to see us. Alice says it's very important and 'Ferret,' a friend of hers, is passing by Maida Vale next week to drop it off.
Love, Mum
PS Send us your flight details!

From: Holly
To: Mum and Dad
Job—I don't know yet, only been here an hour, very busy. Ferret—what? How does anyone get to make a friend called Ferret?

Parcel—no problem, as long as it's not too heavy.
xxxx

Subject: Welcome
From: Roger Lipton
To: Holly
Dear Holly,
Glad to have you on board.
I hear everything went well with your induction on Friday and you are now familiarising yourself with our systems and policies. It's a shame the reception area is so separated from the rest of us here, but you know where we are if you need anything. I hope you'll be very happy here.

Roger Lipton, Director of Human Resources, H&W, High Holborn WC2
6NP

From: Holly
To: Roger Lipton
Dear Mr Lipton,
Thank you for your email. I'm sure I'll be very happy; everyone has been so welcoming.

Kindest regards,
Holly
Receptionist, H&W, High Holborn WC2 6NP

Subject: Reception experience
From: Patricia Gillot
To: Holly
Holly,
I told them to get me a receptionist I could work with, like the one I had before with lots of experience. Not having a go at you on your first day, but I feel like giving up, I really do. Where've you worked again?

Trish
Patricia Gillot, Senior Receptionist, H&W, Holborn WC2 6NP

From: Holly
To: Patricia Gillot
Hi Patricia,
In 5* Hotels—on reception.
Holly

From: Patricia Gillot
To: Holly
Great.

From: Holly
To: Patricia Gillot
It was really busy there.

From: Patricia Gillot
To: Holly
That's nice for you, darlin. Just keep grinning at people for today, and I'll do the rest. Hopefully by the end of the month you might know your arse from your elbow.

Trish
PS Stop trying to talk to me; this is a corporate bank. If you wanted to natter; you should've taken a job in a salon. Email me when you have a problem.

Subject: A good luck message
From: Alice and Matt
To: Holly
Holls,
Glad things are going so well again. It sounds wonderful there, and you've got yourself a new start. Just what you wanted.

Love,
Alice & Matt

From: Holly
To: Alice and Matt
I hate the job and everyone's awful.

From: Alice and Matt
To: Holly
Oh dear, by the way, thanks for agreeing to bring out our parcel. It's really nice of you.
xxxxxx

From: Holly
To: Alice and Matt
No problem. What's in it?

From: Alice and Matt
To: Holly
Oh, nothing, just a box of essentials.

From: Holly
To: Alice and Matt
What—books and things?

From: Alice and Matt
To: Holly
Yes, all that. I've given Ferret your number.
xxx

From: Holly
To: Alice and Matt
Oh good

***
Tuesday

Subject: A little advice from your Mum
From: Mum and Dad
To: Holly
Holly,
Sorry to bother you again, dear. Glad to hear you bumped into Jennie from school. You were always very fond of her. Sounds like she's doing so well there. I've given it some thought, and the only way you're going to get as far as she has done is by using any contacts you come across. My advice is: take her out for lunch as fast as possible. You never know what doors she could open for you.

What are you doing there at the moment again, PA work?
Mum xxx

From: Holly
To: Mum and Dad
Mum,
Jennie has been nice on the couple of occasions I've seen her, but I'm fine doing what I'm doing, which is RECEPTION work.
x
Holly
From: Mum and Dad
To: Holly
That's what I said, darling, it's the same thing.
Just make sure you eat properly, especially if you're going to be greeting all those people. You could pick up an infection from one of them.
Mum

Subject: A few pointers
From: Patricia Gillot
To: Holly
Stop standing up when people come to the desk!
I'm off for a fag. I'll be on the other side of the glass doors, and I'll be keeping an eye on you. Got any problems—don't shout whatever you do. Just think you're working in a library, and you'll be halfway there.

From: Holly
To: Patricia Gillot
OK, Patricia. What time are toilet breaks?

From: Patricia Gillot
To: Holly
Any time you can't hold on, darlin—also, it's just Trish. No one calls me Patricia.

Subject: School Friend!!!
From: Jennie Pithwait
To: Holly
Hi Holly,
You went off the map for a few years. Where've you been?? So glad you're working here; sorry about the misunderstanding yesterday. I should have told you what Mr Huerst looked like; lucky he was so forgiving, even when you told him he needed an appointment.

Jennie
Jennie Pithwait, Associate, Corporate Finance, H&W, High Holborn WC2
6NP

From: Holly
To: Jennie Pithwait
Hi Jennie,
I felt like a real idiot. I even chased after him with his security pass.
Holly

From: Jennie Pithwait
To: Holly
He was fine. I said it was your first day.
What's it like sitting with Trisha?

From: Holly
To: Jennie Pithwait
Awful, rude, I can't stand her.

From: Jennie Pithwait
To: Holly
Tough old girl, probably doesn't get laid much. Great with clients, but that's about it.
Jennie

From: Holly
To: Jennie Pithwait
xxxx
Thanks Jennie.

Subject: Pretty P'Holly
From: Jason GrangerRM
To: Holly
Hiya,
How's the job going? Is it OK to email you?

Jason Granger, Reception Team Leader, LHS Hotels, London, W1V 6TT

From: Holly
To: Jason GrangerRM
Emailing is good, the job stinks, and I'm about to take a contract out on my mum.
How are you?
xx

From: Jason GrangerRM
To: Holly
I'm good. Talking of stinky, guess what smelly celeb we've got staying here?

From: Holly
To: Jason GrangerRM
Smelly?

From: Jason GrangerRM
To: Holly
(Housekeeping told me she's got a few personal hygiene problems.)
Who cares though—she's famous!!!

From: Holly
To: Jason GrangerRM
That makes it OK then, does it?

From: Jason GrangerRM
To: Holly
Of course! You don't like her though (she's a bit of a marriage breaker)—can't tell you who it is. If you were still working here, I could, but I can't. It's a trust thing. Enjoy your nasty bank.

From: Holly
To: Jason GrangerRM
JASON!!!

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