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Laughs, love, office life. And a little touch of magic ...From the bestselling author of LOOKING FOR ANDREW MCCARTHY and AMANDA'S WEDDING. Laughs, love, office life. And a little touch of magic...Gwyneth Morgan loves her job. And she's good at it - she's never faced a challenge she can't handle - until she meets Arthur Pendleton and his motley crew. Gwyneth sets Arthur a challenge that makes his heart sink. His team can't even find their own desks, let alone win a prestigious competition. Pitted against his ex-girlfriend, as well as his love rival and deadly enemy, Arthur is forced to break the law and overcome massive obstacles as he embarks on his quest to achieve the impossible - and maybe, just maybe, win the heart of the enchanting Gwyneth. As Gwyneth learns some surprising revelations about the man she'd once considered just an inept colleague, she's forced to reconsider. Is it possible that Arthur is her knight in shining armour?
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Publisher and industry reviews
'It comes as no surprise to learn that Jenny Colgan once wanted to be a stand-up comedienne. She has a genuine ability to make people laugh!' DAILY EXPRESS 'Hilarious reading!a shrew and entertaining romantic comedy.' OBSERVER 'Funny, magical and moving.' TIME OUT 'A sharp, witty love story.' OBSERVER With the humour and warmth that have made her previous books bestsellers, she expertly transforms Arthur Pendleton's bid to make his home the new European City of Culture (and sweep ice-cool Gwyneth off her feet at the same time) into a delicious comedy. Will melt even the hardest of hearts.' RED 'hugely entertaining and very funny.' COSMOPOLITAN 'Colgan's witty book perfectly captures the frustrations and petty vexations of office life.' SHE PRAISE FOR JENNY COLGAN: 'What really sets Jenny apart! is this: she is very, very funny' Express 'Compulsively comical' Cosmopolitan
UK Kirkus review
You need look no further than the dedication (don't miss it) to realize that here's a writer who intends to entertain. And entertain Colgan's fourth novel certainly does - in style. At the age of 32, Arthur Pendleton has reached a crisis. All he sees stretching ahead of him is 'more of the same, with less hair'. His five-year relationship with Fay has grown worse than stale and his town-planning job has never been remotely exciting. When the office is assessed for downsizing, Arthur finally flips and, for once in his life, behaves outrageously. Expecting instant redundancy, he finds himself ensconced with the company therapist and offered promotion instead. The first task is to fire his Tosspot Boss. Then things become really interesting. He must motivate an unlikely team to promote Coventry's bid to become European City of Culture. His co-workers include a financial whiz from accounts, cool yet alluring consultant Gwyneth and the dashing Rafe, not to mention a junk-food addict and his irritating 'God-knows-what' of a dog, Sandwiches. Gwyneth can't decide who is really the man for her and Lynne, the company therapist, has hidden attributes for Arthur to discover. Meanwhile, the ex-boss and ex-girlfriend have joined forces against him and are backing Slough for top honours. A battle of words, wills and winning ideas ensues, culminating in an outward-bound team contest where tactics become increasingly dirty. A mixture of side-splitting humour, tongue-in-cheek romance and fantasy with a brilliant twist, this is the perfect antidote to a bad day at the office. (Kirkus UK)
About the author
Jenny Colgan was born in 1971 in Ayrshire. After Edinburgh University, she worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and a stand-up comic. She is now working on her fifth novel, and a TV series.
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