From the bestselling author of Richard and Judy pick JUBILEE, the rousing story of a mother who becomes a real-life hero.
For Jenny Pepper, housewife, charity bookshop worker and mum to a stroppy teen, life has become a little boring. She was once an actress, but now spends every day tidying up after other people.
Then, on her way to a party one night, Jenny bravely steps in to save a woman in trouble. Suddenly her world is exciting again - and she's a hero. As she starts patrolling the streets of her small town, she feels more alive than she has in years. But when a real villain appears, Jenny's daughter is in danger. Will she tell the police what she knows or go it alone and risk losing everything?
VIGILANTE is about an ordinary woman stuck in a rut - and the extraordinary lengths she'll go to recapture her life.
Shelley Harris was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1967, to a South African mother and a British father. She has worked, among other things, as a teacher, a reporter, a mystery shopper and a bouncer at a teen disco. For a few years, she combined writing with volunteering at her local Oxfam bookshop, helping customers find just the right book. Her first novel, JUBILEE, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, a Top 10 bestseller and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize.
This is a novel that, without worthiness, touches on everything from the sexualisation of schoolgirls to the misogyny of comics. Harris's debut, Jubilee, was a bestseller, and her entertaining follow-up deserves to match its success — DAILY MAIL
A quirky, entertaining read - I loved it — WOMAN AND HOME
This story is for any woman who has ever wondered if there's more to life than ironing — PRIMA
Meet Jenny - a bored housewife who runs a charity bookshop when not having to cope with her moody teenage daughter. Fretting over all the things she could have done with her life, she finds herself caught up in events that finally give her a chance to shine as a real-life superhero (sort of) — BELLA
Jenny's bravery us nothing if not inspiring. Aside from the backdrop of superheroism, the themes of boredom, relationship woes and a sense of dissatisfaction with everyday life are common to all of us — HEAT
Book of the Month: Bored with her life, she gives herself a kick-ass makeover and, dressed in cape and mask, pursues a secret life as a small-town vigilante - until a girl is brutally attacked and her fantasy world becomes reality — SUNDAY EXPRESS
This is funny entertainment wrapped around a tense thriller — THE TIMES
Vigilante is a novel in which character, voice, plot and themes come together to create a cracking read. It's a brilliant book. Highly recommended. — THE WRITES OF A WOMAN
Harris' writing is witty and beautifully poignant, Vigilante is shocking, empowering and hilarious funny throughout. — WE LOVE THIS BOOK
Harris is a brilliant writer and Vigilante is a clever, fun, original story which millions of women will be able to relate to — BOOKBAG.COM
Light-hearted at times, dark at others, there has been a great buzz about this - thanks, quite possibly, to this article in The Independent, where Shelley herself dresses up as a superhero. — NOVELICIOUS
Kick-Ass for small-town mothers . . . fuses the wryly familiar with flashes of poetry, and the plot's thriller elements convey a real sense of jeopardy . . . worked through with charm and verve — Irish Examiner
Her writing about the more ubiquitous trials of middle age and parenthood fuses the wryly familiar with flashes of poetry, and the plot's thriller elements convey a real sense of jeopardy. — Press Association