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Julia Gets a Life

Lynne Barrett-Lee
Accent Press , English

A hilarious and romantic thirty-something novel about a women who leaves her philandering husband to embark on a very alternative voyage of self-discovery.

When Julia’s husband has an affair with local siren Rhiannon de Laney, she feels as if her world is falling apart. Once the arguments have abated, and her husband has moved out, Julia realises she’s well and truly on her own, a single parent with two teenage children, a bad haircut and no idea of what to do or where to go next.

Gradually, however, Julia begins to recognise the benefits of being single: it’s the chance to meet new people and make new friends, change her hairstyle, throw out her old clothes, experiment with a new image, resurrect her photography career, travel the country with a boy band and, in short, rediscover herself outside the context of loyal wife and dutiful mother.

She also rediscovers the joys of dating. After a few false starts, she finds herself learning more about the talents, musical and otherwise, of the lead singer of Britain’s most famous band. Julia’s certainly got herself a life you wonder whether it is the kind of existence she wants to live permanently, or whether her ailing marriage is worth saving.

Light-hearted, humorous and at times surprising, Julia’s battles with this age-old dilemma prove instantly recognisable yet highly entertaining, with a twist in the tale that may surprise or perplex.

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