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How to Be Second Best

Narrated by: Michala Banas
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A hilarious and heartwarming debut that captures the dramas, delights, and delirium of modern parenting. This is Marian Keyes meets Allison Pearson, with a dash of Caitlin Moran.

Going from one child to two is never all that easy for a family, but when Emma's husband simultaneously fathers a third child, three doors up the street, things get very tricky, very fast.

No longer is it enough for Emma to be the best wife and mother - now she's trying to be the best ex-wife and the best part-time parent to her ex's love child, and that's before she even thinks about adding a new bloke to the mix.

Set in an upwardly mobile, ultra-competitive suburb, this is a funny, biting, heartwarming modern comedy that looks at the roles we play, how we compete, and what happens when we dare to strive for second-best.

"Jessica Dettmann is a fine comic writer. She has an eye for the small details, irritations and inspirations of life which coupled with a truly original turn of phrase and great way with a gag makes for sparkling and heartwarming reading." (Ben Elton)

"Sharp and crisp and funny. I was dazzled." (Mia Freedman)

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Exceptionally Funny!!

This was so funny from chapter one!! I walk whilst listening and I must have come across a crazy person, I couldn't stop belly laughing at the wit. The orator delivered the writing brilliantly. Storyline was a little lame but the humour made it worthwhile.

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Hooked till the very end.

I picked this book up as a “you might like” and boy were they right. The story is new and exciting, I couldn’t help but drive around the block a few more time just to hear a minutes more! 11/10

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Loved every minute

Laughed out loud on more than one occasion. Even at the gym, where burly muscle builders have me funny looks for spontaneously bursting into fits of laughter!

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THIS BOOK IS SO DAMN FUNNY

Please read this book! It’s so full of completely accurate reflections on real life, in such a way that gives perfect voice to how I have felt so many times but haven’t been able to - or even thought to - express. It is laugh out loud funny. The narration is brilliant, it’s like talking to your best mate over a bottle of wine. 10/10

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Relateable, funny Aussie story

Mums, both working and stay at home, single and in couples, can relate to so much of this story. It was funny, enjoyable and had great narration.