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Publisher's Summary

Could the worst day of Sally Parker's life be the best thing that ever happened to her?

The deliciously warm and life-affirming novel from the much-loved Mel Giedroyc.

Sally Parker had a morbid fear of big social events and it was for this reason that she was crouching down low in the shoe section of her wardrobe....

Sally Parker is struggling to find the hero inside herself.

All she wants to do is lie down.

Her husband Frank has lost his business, their home and their savings, in one fell swoop. Their bank cards are being declined. The children have gone feral. And now the bailiffs are at the door.

What does an ordinary woman do when the bottom falls out?

Sally Parker is about to surprise everybody.

Most of all herself.

A big-hearted story of a family on the brink, The Best Things is a life-affirming tale of failing, falling and finding a way back up.

©2021 Mel Giedroyc (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"I enjoyed it so, so much - a brilliant cast of characters, pacey, engaging and properly funny!" (Graham Norton)

"This book is a riot! A larger-than-life tale of suburban avarice, downfall and the struggle upwards, it is delicious in its detail and had me wincing and laughing all the way along." (Sophie Kinsella)

"Mel's first novel is exactly like Mel herself: engaging, uproarious and gleeful. A stonking good read. Made me laugh.... Brilliant." (Jo Brand)

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Brilliant, best laugh I have had in a long time

Narration was great too. I would have enjoyed it even if there had been no story, just for the characters.

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  • Chris01
  • 23-04-2021

Expected better from Mel

I found this book an ok listen , mainly I was disappointed as it was written by Mel G as I find her so entertaining. So my expectations were higher. Especially after listening to an interview explaining that it had taken 12 years to develop.
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  • clare
  • 17-04-2021

Wasn’t for me

Mel was a fantastic narrator and I enjoyed the way she told the story however the plot just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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  • alpineangel
  • 09-04-2021

Disappointing, and time I will never get back

I was hopeful of a great in-depth story, looking at the relationships between the characters. Given the author’s script-writing experience, expected a high quality story of the Liane Moriarty style.
I was very happy to get to the end of this low brow pulp. It felt as if the author would have been better writing for children. I found myself wincing at some of the dialogue and the voices in the performance were irritating.
It was as if the narrative got lost somewhere along the way and it descended into “he said/she said”.
The writing came across as: rush, rush let’s get this finished, I’ve lost the enthusiasm as well as a plot.
I heard an interview in which the author stated she always felt she had one book in her, I hope that’s true.
Overall: A waste of my money and time.

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  • kevin Jackson
  • 24-04-2021

Surprising

What a great story, knowingly written and beautifully told, full of humour, tenderly told. xx

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  • Ilovechoc
  • 11-08-2021

Witty, warm and brilliantly read

Really enjoyed this book. Mel is a great writer who brought together some wonderful characters. I found myself laughing out loud in some parts and I look forward to listening to her next book.

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  • LailaB
  • 04-08-2021

Just bloody lovely!

This book is lovely! Characters you fall in love with. I thoroughly enjoyed this book it made me laugh all the way through I just didn’t want it to end.

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  • Miss L Cooper
  • 03-08-2021

funny and touching - a real family story

I really enjoyed spending time with the Parker family. some laugh out loud bits and a few tears.

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  • fatsoknacki
  • 29-06-2021

I’m missing Mel in my ears already

After a few heavy going books this one by Mel was such a great and funny relief. Firstly it’s read by the wonderful Mel and secondly it’s joyously laugh out loud. Love the characters, especially dear Janice, and the amazing turn of phrase. Cannot wait for Mel to write another. I hope it’s soon.

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  • Patricia Thompson
  • 24-06-2021

Enjoyed it. But..

I really enjoyed it but felt the ending was a little disappointing. I wanted to know what happened next.

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  • Nicola
  • 21-06-2021

Such a good book

I absolutely loved this book. So funny all the way through! Mel narrating was brilliant she’s such a beautiful voice to listen too. I would highly recommend this total joy 🤗🤗🤗

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