Life, Death and Vanilla Slices. by Jenny Eclair

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Poor Jean Collins.

She stepped out into the road without looking and now lies broken in hospital. But what distracted her? And why was she carrying a box of vanilla slices, the cream cakes she only ever bought for special occasions? Jean's daughter Anne travels back up north to find out. But her mind is on her teenage sons in London - boys on the brink of becoming not very nice men. What damage could they do in just a few days? (Quite a lot, probably.)

Meanwhile there are secrets waiting for Anne and Jean, back at the old family home. Secrets that were buried a long time ago . . .

Jenny Eclair is celebrated for her unflinching black humour and brilliantly sharp observations. In her extraordinary new novel, she has also created a compelling and heart-breaking family drama that feels as rich and honest as real life.

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Jenny Eclair is one of the UK's most successful and popular comedians and actors. She is the author of two previous, critically acclaimed novelsCamberwell BeautyandHaving a Lovely Time. She is one of only two female comedians to have won the prestigious Perrier Award.

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Very dark and very funny. I had it glued to my face until I'd finished it Jo Brand Of course it's funny, but it's also dark, honest and totally compulsive reading Jenny Colgan Utterly compelling, brave, angry and melancholy all at once. It is brutal about the female experience, but also beautifully observed about the subtle complexities of being a woman. I thought Jean was an amazing character - and it is testament to Jenny's skill as a writer that despite some awful behaviour, the reader never actually loses sympathy for her. Most of all, it's just a great, honest piece of writing. I want to read her others now -- Jojo Moyes

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