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Brown Owl's Guide To Life

Kate Harrison

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A bittersweet novel about re-inventing yourself from the author of THE STARTER MARRIAGE.

Shy, sweet-natured Lucy Collins is used to being pushed around. For the first eighteen years of her life her widowed mother Judith ruled the roost. Now Lucy's husband, her seven-year-old daughter and even Buster the cat boss her about. But her mother's premature death leaves Lucy an orphan at the age of thirty-five. She's devastated, but she's also free. After a lifetime of being a disappointment to everyone, is it finally time Lucy grew up?

As she clears out her mother's rambling house, Lucy discovers a trunk full of memories, her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were all Brown Owls: capable, no-nonsense matriarchs who were the leading lights of the Girl Guide movement. They spent their spare time preparing the next generation for their roles as wives and mothers with a mixture of campfire songs, sew-on badges and reef knots. But could the old values and frontier spirit now hold the key to help Lucy make the changes she needs in her life?

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Praise for Brown Owl's Guide To Life

  • A nostalgic read - HEAT MAGAZINE

  • A poignant and funny novel - SHE

  • Nostalgic - WOMAN & HOME - Fanny Blake

  • A must read - GUIDING MAGAZINE

  • Cleverly interwoven stories make this an almost instant hook - BIRMINGHAM MAIL 27.01.07

  • A nostalgic read - HEAT MAGAZINE

  • A poignant and funny novel - SHE

  • Nostalgic - WOMAN & HOME - Fanny Blake

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Kate Harrison

Kate Harrison is the author of 16 fiction and non-fiction books, including The 5:2 Diet Book, The Secret Shopper's Revenge, and the Soul Beach trilogy for teenagers.

Kate was born in north-west England, and moved home more than a dozen times as a child. Despite writing many 'novels' at school (including a four-part thriller set in Paris), her careers officer told her she'd never make a living from stories, so instead she became a journalist at the BBC, working on news and current affairs programmes including Newsround and Panorama.


In 2012, Kate set up a Facebook group with friends following a fasting diet, and later that year, she combined her own experiences and recipes, plus the group members' own tips, in The 5:2 Diet Book, which became a Kindle and print bestseller, and has now been published all over the world. Her Ultimate 5:2 Recipe Book contains delicious recipes and meal plans, plus stories from people whose lives have been transformed by intermittent fasting. In 2013, she published 5:2 Your Life, which explores how making tiny changes on just two days each week can make you happier as well as healthier! And in 2015, her latest recipe book, 5:2 Good Food Kitchen was published, with great meals for both fast and non-fasting days, plus Making Sense of... a guide to understanding diet research, myths and advice.

Find out more and get in touch at www.the5-2dietbook.com and www.kate-harrison.com
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