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The Best Things: The Top Five Sunday Times bestseller perfect for summer reading

Mel Giedroyc

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A funny, tender, timely story about a family on the brink from one of our best-loved entertainers Mel Giedroyc

Sally Parker's family has lost it all... But can they find what matters?


'A real treat. I enjoyed it HUGELY' MARIAN KEYES
'The Best Things is funny and fresh. No soggy bottoms here' CLARE MACKINTOSH
'This book is a riot! Delicious in its detail' SOPHIE KINSELLA
'A warm, honest and humorous look at a family and what really matters in life. Brimming with hilarious scenes and one-liners, it is also a redemptive book, and one of hope' WOMAN & HOME
'Exactly like Mel herself: engaging, uproarious and gleeful. A stonking good read' JO BRAND
'I enjoyed it so, so much - a brilliant cast of characters and properly funny!' GRAHAM NORTON
'Wonderfully warm and uplifting, full of unforgettable characters and so much heart' RICHARD ROPER
'A warm contemporary fable bursting with colourful characters and comic energy' DAILY MAIL

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 are running wild. 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.


'This book is everything I would have expected from the wonderful Mel Giedroyc. Funny and touching*****'

'I could hear Mel reading this book! Terrific characters. Very entertaining *****'

'Some very funny and clever writing. The final chapter might make your eyes leaky *****'

'One of the best things I've read this year. Please read it *****'

'I felt like Mel was reading this into my ear. A very human story. I was left with the warm fuzzys at the end****'

'A comedy that would make a brilliant film or sitcom. The Parker family are a chaotic, loveable bunch'

'I zipped through it with many an accompanying titter, the occasional chortle and the odd unladylike snort. A nice piece of escapism, so needed at this time ****'

'Warm, interesting, clever and funny, as well as poignant at times. A brave heroine, a cast of strong characters and a page-turner

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Mel Giedroyc

Mel Giedroyc has been entertaining the nation for nearly thirty years. A comedian, writer, actor and presenter, Mel is best known for her work with Sue Perkins in the double act Mel & Sue. They have presented many TV shows such as multi Bafta-winning The Great British Bake Off (BBC) and Light Lunch (Channel 4). Mel has written two non-fiction books and has appeared in sitcoms and panel shows, as well as on radio and on stage, most notably in Stephen Sondheim's Olivier Award-winning Company in the West End. Mel and Sue reunited recently in comedy drama Hitmen for Sky TV. Mel lives in London with her husband and two daughters. The Best Things is Mel Giedroyc's first novel.

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