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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

By Maria Semple

'Like A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD written by Tina Fey' Sam Baker, RED MAGAZINE
Shortlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction
A NEW YORK TIMES bestseller
COMING SOON: The film adaptation, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig and Billy Crudup

Bernadette Fox is notorious.

To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife.
To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace.
To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect.
And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum.

Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.

WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's place in the world.

It's intelligent but easy to read; eccentric but never twee.Where'd You Go, Bernadette is a wonderful piece of satire that pinpoints so many of the flaws in our current society. [Semple's] writing is sharp and witty but also incredibly heart-warming.It has had a strong hardback life, it's had some great reviews, now it's got to really capture the masses. I normally don't like books written in emails, journals, notes form, and had not realised this was - just as I hadn't realised Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was! This has the same feel, same contagious look, same wacky scenario (well, not quite), same relentless pull. From page one I was smitten, my dislike for emails forgotten. It is the mother/daughter relationship which is so brilliant, that and the character of Bernadette - a prize-winning architect who doesn't realise that what she needs in life is a new project Clever, witty and hugely satisfyingit's a very enjoyable read and the satirical look at modern lifeLaugh-out-loud funny and bitingly satiricala breathtakingly original comedyMaria Semple's witty, engaging novel takes the form of a collage of documents, emails, transcripts, liveblogs, FBI reports and magazine articles, all strung together by Bee Branch, a smart and articulate 15-year-old girl, but beneath this surface playfulness is a fascinating story of one woman's retreat from the world...refreshing in its honesty and complexitya novel full of honesty and heartThe funniest book I've read in a decade. I laughed to the point of crying on an airplane. My wife thought I'd lost my mind until she read it a few days invigorating, hilarious, addictive ride of a novelLocal menace, genius architect, recluse, mother: meet Bernadette Fox and her Mensa-level teenage daughter Bea as they travel from silicon valley-Seattle to Antartica and back again. With the kind of sharp, wish-I-wrote-it dialogue you'd expect from a former Saturday Night Live scriptwriter, this is like Tina Fey wrote Welcome to the Goon Squad. I can't say enough about this book, I loved it.Witty and compelling.This fiercely sophisticated novel... whips us around in the maelstrom that is Bernadette Fox: a woman on the edge.full of quirky charm about the mother/daughter bondThis novel, shortlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction, uses email correspondence to hilarious and heartbreaking effect. The disappearance of Bernadette Fox drives the engaging plot, with the mother/daughter relationship across geographical divides at its coreWhen eccentric ex-architect Bernadette goes AWOL, her 15-year-old daughter, Bee, goes all Sherlock and reads her mum's emails for some answers - and a secret past. Surprisingly, I found myself seriously LOLing too. No wonder it's being turned into a movie!It is extremely funny, and Semple has a way of combining a technologically savvy, ice-cool wit with a stealthy ability to show gradually a character's warmer side.This is an extraordinary novel - a fresh, funny, perceptive voice, and an exhilarating's refreshing in its honesty and complexitySemple is a TV comedy writer, and the pleasures here are the pleasures of the best American TV: plot, wit and heart. It's refreshing to find a female misunderstood genius at the heart of the book, and a mother-daughter relationship characterised by unadulterated mutual affection.compulsively readable comedy... packed with wit, honesty and charmRefreshing, honest and witty, this novel about motherhood zips and fizzes along, from start to endDelivered from multiple perspectives through letters, telephone calls, magazine articles and emails, it is cleverly plotted and compulsively readable.Semple's exuberant tale is buoyed up by deft plotting and pitch-perfect characters, whose idiosyncrasies and wrong-headed interactions are by turns comic, tender and craven. Excellent stuff.This light relief on the Women's prize shortlist has warmth and bite in equal measure. Brilliant, troubled Bernadette - a visionary architect who's started a family but lost the plot - is a fantastic creation, and Semple's picaresque comedy, told through letters, emails and even a live blog, skewers the absurdities of American privilege while drawing a heartfelt portrait of mother-daughter loveI've been devouring the savagely funny Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. A TV comedy writer, Semple's wide array of targets include parenting, over-achievement, schoolgates rivalry, creativity, Seattle, Canadians, Microsoft, Antarctica and marital love... Semple is funny, smart and deeply touchingWhere'd You Go, Bernadette is my favorite novel so far this year. It's funnier than a season's worth of Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Justified episodes; it's also the most original and imaginative fiction I've read since The Invention of Hugo Cabret...this book is highly enjoyable....wonderfully eccentricThis is an extraordinary novel - a fresh, funny, perceptive voice, and an exhilarating read.This novel, written in the form of emails, notes and phone calls, is original and funny and you'll learn a lot about Antarctica.An extremely funny and ultimately moving farce about a quirky American family falling apart over a holiday to AntarcticaA dazzling comic novel about a misunderstood architect. It's an eccentric and brilliantly accomplished story with a real screenplay quality to itMy happy summer holiday book was the funny, quirky and surprisingly moving Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. It's the kind of book you read and want to buy for friends

'Like A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD written by Tina Fey' (Sam Baker, RED).
The 2013 Women's Prize shortlisted, NEW YORK TIMES bestseller. Includes Reading Group Notes.

A lead fiction title for Phoenix - to be backed up by a huge marketing campaign.A rare gem of a novel - the kind you press upon friends - WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE has inspired real word-of-mouth buzz.Phoenix are also publishing Maria Semple's fabulous first novel, THIS ONE IS MINE, in November.WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE inspired heated auctions around the globe.Picked as a book of the year by TIME and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE has been optioned for a film by the writers of 500 DAYS OF SUMMER. It is being produced by Bryan Unkeless (producer of THE HUNGER GAMES film adaptation) and Ted Schipper.
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This week Bernadette is travelling to the UK via some famous landmarks. Every day we'll be tweeting a picture from @wnbooks of Bernadette on her travels, sitting on her yellow beanbag, and it's up to you to guess where she is. If you guess right on the day, you will be in with a chance of winning your very own Bernadette kit – yellow head scarf, sunglasses and a copy of the book. You will also be entered into a draw which closes at midnight on 7th July 2013 to win an iPad Mini! Click the READ button below for details!

Today Will Be Different

Maria Semple
Maria Semple

Eleanor Flood knows she's a mess. But today will be different. Today she will shower and put on real clothes. She will attend her yoga class after dropping her son, Timby, off at school. She'll see an old friend for lunch. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action - life happens.For today is the day Timby has decided to pretend to be ill to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day surgeon Joe has chosen to tell his receptionist - but not Eleanor - that he's on vacation. And just when it seems that things can't go more awry, a former colleague produces a relic from the past - a graphic memoir with pages telling of family secrets long buried and a sister to whom Eleanor never speaks.From the dazzling pen of Maria Semple, author of bestselling Where'd You Go, Bernadette, comes a hilarious and life-affirming story about a woman who wakes up determined to be her best self.Read by Kathleen Wilhoite(p) 2016 Hachette Audio


This One Is Mine

Maria Semple
Maria Semple

The sparkling debut novel of Maria Semple, author of the WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION-shortlisted WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, including reading group notes.Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life - but she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the sportscaster savant who falls into her trap.


Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple
Maria Semple

Maria Semple

Maria Semple spent fifteen years in Los Angeles as a television writer, working on hit shows including Ellen, Saturday Night Live, Mad About You and Arrested Development. Her second novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, was an international bestseller and was shortlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction and won the 2013 Melissa Nathan Award. Maria lives in Seattle.