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The Wives of Bath


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A tale of yummy mummies with flat brown tummies in the mother of all romantic comedies

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Wendy Holden was a journalist on The Sunday Times, Tatler and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full-time author. She has published five previous novels, all Top Ten bestsellers, and is married with two young children.


Holden affectionately skewers marriage and parenthood in her latest charming farce (after Azur Like It) about two expectant couples who, having fled bustling cities for a slower pace of life, find themselves in the same prenatal class in the small city of Bath, England. Alice, a lawyer, got pregnant after a "one-teatime stand" and impulsively married environmentally conscious Jake, who soon becomes an eco-fascist under the pressures of fatherhood-refusing to bathe, giving away Alice's belongings and insisting they only feed their child stewed organic vegetables. Notorious celebrity journalist Amanda loses her job and decides that a baby will be her latest trendy accessory. But then she lands a new position and her hunky husband, Hugo, a real estate agent, finds himself plunged into fatherhood, left as sole caregiver for a squirming, baffling baby. He turns to down-to-earth Alice for help, and soon the two develop something more than friendship. With crisp, witty dialogue and none of the clunky exposition that hobbles so much chick lit, Holden's book soars above other volumes in the genre and grips the reader with an escalating succession of humorous, diaper-laden escapades. Agent, Deborah Schneider. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

'Pacey, witty chicory lit with a background of social commentary' Bournmouth Daily Echo, 22 Jan 05 -- Bournmouth Daily Echo 20050122 'Holden's sparkling prose leaves her novels head and shoulders above the chit-lit wannabes, and she's on top form here' Western Daily Press, 29 Jan 05 -- Western Daily Press 20050129 'A warm and amusing read' Heat, 15 Jan 05 -- Heat 20050115 'A hilarious tale' Practical Parenting, Feb 2005 -- Practical Parenting 20050201 'Wendy Holden's new comedy of manners is a satire on modern parenthood. Deliciously witty, and often touching, I think this is Wendy's best book to date' Isabel Wolf for the Daily Mail 30/5/05 -- Isabel Wolf for the Daily Mail 20050530 'Irresistible rom-com meets devilish satire' In Style, February 2005 -- In Style 20050201 'An outrageous novel that you'll want to devour in one sitting' Real magazine, 21 Jan 05 -- Real magazine 20050121 'Holden's comic talents show no sign of downsizing' Literary Review, Feb 05 -- Literary Review 20050205 'Delicious tale of anti-natal expectations versus the realities of parenthood that'll have you giggling into your beach towel' 13/8/05 Daily Express -- Daily Express 20050813 'Holden's comic talents show no sign of downsizing' Literary Review, Feb 05 -- Literary Review 20050205

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