Sneak Peek: The Greatest Love Story of All Time

(And how it was almost ruined by an evil cat, gin and unsuitable men) by Lucy Robinson.

A Bombay Sapphire-blue proof arrived in my door over the Christmas holidays and, I’m happy to report, was just the ticket to while away a few days as I recovered from the annual dose of flu.

Officially on shelves the 12th of April, consider this a heads-up. If you’re looking for a witty rom-com of a read you won’t do better than Robinson’s debut novel. After laughing my way through the first half (yes, genuinely!), I stopped to re-read the author’s bio. Turns out Robinson has been blogging for a while over on Marie Claire. It shows, in a good way. The lady’s got a nice turn of phrase and is bang up-to-date on the contemporary singleton scene.

Her ambitious title choice calls to mind Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. If that’s what you’re expecting look away now. Depressing, tough, high literature this is not. But Robinson never claimed such. Her novel is a hilarious (no really it is) story about poor, infuriatingly idiotic Fran and her journey back to life following significant heartbreak, accompanied (of course!) by a decent bunch of friends and colleagues. I won’t say much more as there’s a while to go before pub date yet and I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone…

I LOL-ed.

There, I said it. And really now, what more could you want from a book. Kudos Lucy, more of the same please!



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