The Dud Avocado - VMC (Paperback)
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The Dud Avocado - VMC (Paperback)

The Dud Avocado - VMC (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 03/05/2018
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'One of the best novels about growing up fast' GUARDIAN

'One falls for Sally Jay Gorce from a great height from the first sentence' OBSERVER

'Scandalous and entertaining . . . Both funny and true' EVENING STANDARD

The Dud Avocado gained instant cult status on first publication and remains a timeless portrait of a woman hellbent on living.

Sally Jay Gorce is a woman with a mission. It's the 1950s, she's young and she's in Paris. Having dyed her hair pink, she wears evening dresses in the daytime and vows to go native in a way not even the natives can manage. Embarking on an educational programme that includes an affair with a married man (which fizzles out when she realises he's single and wants to marry her); nights in cabarets and jazz clubs in the company of assorted "citizens of the world"; an entanglement with a charming psychopath and a bit part in a film financed by a famous matador.

But an education like this doesn't come cheap. Will our heroine be forced back to the States to fulfill her destiny as a librarian, or can she keep up her whirlwind Parisian existence?

Books included in the VMC 40th anniversary series include: Frost in May by Antonia White; The Collected Stories of Grace Paley; Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault; The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter; The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann; Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith; The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; Heartburn by Nora Ephron; Memento Mori by Muriel Spark; A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor; and Faces in the Water by Janet Frame

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349010373
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 276 g
Dimensions: 202 x 132 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Readers turn to it again and again for its jokes, which are very funny and remain so after a dozen readings - Rachel Cooke, Guardian

A champagne cocktail . . . Rich, invigorating, and deceptively simple to the taste . . . One falls for Sally Jay Gorce from a great height from the first sentence - Observer

As delightful and delicate an examination of how it is to be twenty and in love and in Paris as I've ever read - Sunday Times

I had to tell someone how much I enjoyed The Dud Avocado. It made me laugh, scream, and guffaw (which, incidentally, is a great name for a law firm)

For a highly likeable and amusing narrator, who throws herself into Parisian life. A cult classic to reconnect me with France and feed my love of sharp observational humour . . . a hedonistic whirlwind in Paris and the South of France, pulled along by its whip-smart American heroine, Sally Jay Gore (out of the way, Emily In Paris). This is someone I am desperate to drink Pernod with. Where life has felt so constrained, this was such a liberating read - Emma Reed, Daily Telegraph

Scandalous and entertaining . . . Both funny and true - Evening Standard

'A champagne cocktail ... Rich, invigorating, and deceptively simple to the taste ... One falls for Sally Jay Gorce from a great height... - OBSERVER 'As delightful and delicate an examination of how it is to be twenty and in love and in Paris as I've ever read’

SUNDAY TIMES 'Both funny and true - EVENING STANDARD

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Georgina (ReadsEatsExplores)

“Cocktail parties, pink hair and Paris in the 1950s – what more could you want?”

Sally Jay Gorce is the clever, vivacious, good-looking and disorganised heroine of Elaine Dundy's first novel. This is a lady who wants to have all of the fun!

Sally Jay is a young American woman living the high... More

Hardback edition
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“Mr Big is going to Paris... and so is Sally Jay Gorce”

The Dud Avocado is Sex and the City for the 1950s, zany, ludic, riotous, sexy, slang-filled, summery, brilliantly observed, and endlessly rereadable. Dundy writes with the freewheeling ease of a spinning top, with the... More

Hardback edition
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“Mr Big is going to Paris… and so is Sally Jay Gorce”

The Dud Avocado is Sex and the City for the 1950s, zany, ludic, riotous, sexy, slang-filled, summery, brilliantly observed, and endlessly rereadable. Dundy writes with the freewheeling ease of a spinning top, with the... More

Hardback edition
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