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With A Friend Like You

By Fanny Blake

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A warm and witty look at a female friendship gone wrong - this is women at war!

Beth is a woman in supreme control of all aspects of her life and family, with a stellar career and her house an oasis of calm. Her closest friend, Megan, is very different; somehow she swims through the chaos of her family with ease, the clutter on the stairs, the cat footprints on the kitchen work space. And while they could not be more different, Beth and Megan have a genuine friendship built on years of laugher, tears and true understanding of each other's strengths and weaknesses. Because that's what friends do, isn't it?

But when Beth's daughter reveals a surprising secret, a wedge is driven between Beth and Megan. What begins as mild recrimination and misunderstanding develops into a full-blown row and then a simmering feud. As the two women square up to do battle in the London suburbs, there's everything to play for. All's fair in love and war...

With her wisdom, insight and wicked humour, Fanny Blake shines a light on to female friendships, in this delicious tale of two so-called best friends.

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  • Publication date: 14 Aug 2014
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Fanny Blake has the gift of creating wonderful page turners from very domestic situations; and then making them warm and funny as well — Penny Vincenzi
I love the way Fanny Blake proves that women just become more and more fascinating — Adele Parks
A deliciously witty look at female friendship — EXPRESS
A very enjoyable read, with a great pair of female leads . . . Blake really is an expert on how women think, and this is what makes this book rather special. — BOOKWORM INK
A fascinating look at the deconstruction of women's friendships . . . Blake is a gifted writer and a perceptive storyteller making this novel a thoroughly assured read. — Jade Craddock, WE LOVE THIS BOOK
The twists will tantalise until the big shock on the very last page — WOMAN
Fanny Blake's beat is middle-aged, middle-class family life gone wrong and here's her best one yet ... Wryly perceptive, excellently plotted, packed with telling lifestyle detail and especially good on the monumental selfishness of teenagers — Wendy Holden, DAILY MAIL
Female friendship comes under the microscope ... a fabulous page-turner. — PRIMA
[A] great choice for women to read, relate to, laugh and enjoy at the same time. — CHICKLIT PAD
This a brilliant, very complex story with many threads, many twists and turns and unexpected situations dropped at you without warning . . . Highly recommended! — ON MY BOOKSHELF
It may well leave you reflecting on your own friendships and on family relationships and being there for your own children, so realistic are the people and events. You won't regret reading this! — SHAZ'S BOOK BLOG
Former publisher Fanny Blake has really developed a niche with her focus on women in mid-life, and female friendship and With A Friend Like You she offers a thoughtfully considered conundrum on the meaning, expectations and morals of being a friend ... Blake is a gifted writer and a perceptive storyteller making this novel a thoroughly assured read — WE LOVE THIS BOOK
A great read — Sunday Express
Loved With A Friend Like You by Fanny Blake - an acutely observed look at friendship and family and the complicated dynamics of them both. — TAMAR COHEN, Author of The Mistresses Revenge
You won't regret reading this! — SHAZ'S BOOK BLOG
A truly brilliant story of friendship and family — BOOK BOOKSHELF CENTRAL
Fanny Blake's beat is middle-aged, middle-class family life gone wrong and here's her best one yet ... Wryly perceptive, excellently plotted, packed with telling lifestyle detail and especially good on the monumental selfishness of teenagers — Wendy Holden, DAILY MAIL
Fanny Blake has the gift of creating wonderful page turners from very domestic situations; and then making them warm and funny as well — Penny Vincenzi
I love the way Fanny Blake proves that women just become more and more fascinating — Adele Parks
A deliciously witty look at female friendship — EXPRESS
Former publisher Fanny Blake has really developed a niche with her focus on women in mid-life, and female friendship and With A Friend Like You she offers a thoughtfully considered conundrum on the meaning, expectations and morals of being a friend ... Blake is a gifted writer and a perceptive storyteller making this novel a thoroughly assured read — WE LOVE THIS BOOK
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An Italian Summer

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'A glorious jaunt around Italy with characters I didn't want to leave' CLARE MACKINTOSHA compelling novel about friendship, family secrets and second chances, set against the backdrop of southern Italy.Sandy is in her fifties, and at a crossroads in her life: she's a teacher and respected by her pupils, but she feels she is being sidelined in favour of younger colleagues. So when her mother dies, leaving her a sealed envelope addressed to an unknown woman living in Naples, Sandy decides to head to Italy to resolve the mystery by delivering the letter herself. She books herself on to a small sightseeing trip from Rome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, hoping to meet some like-minded people along the way. Who is the mysterious woman she is searching for? And will Sandy find friendship, or even love, along the way...?Your favourite authors love An Italian Summer:'I adored An Italian Summer... Fanny not only writes beautifully about relationships, but the descriptions of Rome and Naples are so ravishing, that you not only marvel at the scenery but also taste the delectable food and feel the hot sun on your back. A most beguiling read' JILLY COOPER 'Intelligent, grown-up and cheering, Fanny has cornered the market in "real" stories told well' FERN BRITTON'A lovely, absorbing read, gently told, but with a intriguingly dark edge' HILARY BOYD'Likeable and realistic characters in a glorious Italian setting, this is the perfect summer read' MAEVE HARAN'I loved this book. Fanny Blake excels at exploring the intricate detail of relationships' SARAH MORGAN'As themes of friendship and love intertwine with mystery, the plot reels you in until you have no choice but to devour every word. 5 stars' Heat'Fanny Blake's writing is absorbing, intelligent and an absolute joy to read... Building to an unexpected and clever twist, this heart-warming and compelling novel is the perfect summer read' Daily Express

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The Anniversary

Veronica Henry, Fanny Blake, Elizabeth Buchan, Rowan Coleman, Jenny Colgan, Philippa Gregory, Matt Haig, Andy McNab, Richard Madeley, John O’Farrell
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Veronica Henry, Fanny Blake, Elizabeth Buchan, Rowan Coleman, Jenny Colgan, Philippa Gregory, Matt Haig, Andy McNab, Richard Madeley, John O’Farrell

Original stories from Fanny Blake, Elizabeth Buchan, Rowan Coleman, Jenny Colgan, Philippa Gregory, Matt Haig, Veronica Henry, Andy McNab, Richard Madeley and John O'Farrell - with special anniversary recipes from The Hairy Bikers.A young woman with memories of D-Day and a life both dangerous and excitingA father and son with a shared birthday and deeply held secretsA single mum taxi driver, whose envy for the rich couple on their way to the Ritz soon changesThe unlikely marriage, born in the depths of warThe Tudor wife receives the ghostly message, 'Never marry a dangerous man'An agoraphobic widower, unable to visit his wife's graveThe Elvis impersonator who finds hope for a new romance with Marilyn MonroeThe ex soldiers burdened with the consequences of one bad decisionThe long-held memories of a wartime tragedyThe anniversary supper which changed the world...THE ANNIVERSARY - a collection of the very best short fiction around.

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Red for Revenge

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Two women, one man: code red for revenge... A brand new book specially written for Quick ReadsMaggie is married with two grown-up children. Her 25-year-old marriage to Phil has lost its sparkle. Carla is widowed. She understands life is short so she lives it to the full. But is her new romance all that it seems?When the two women meet in the beauty salon, they soon find they have more in common than the colour of their nails. The discovery that they are sharing the same man is shocking. How will Phil be taught a lesson or two he won't forget?

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The Secrets Women Keep

Fanny Blake
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Rose waits for her family to arrive at their villa in Tuscany when a casual glance at her husband's phone tips her world upside down. The text reads simply: 'Miss you. Love you. Come back soon.' Daniel has always been popular with women, she knows that. But until this moment she has had no cause for worry. Has something shifted within their marriage without her realising?As the family gathers for the summer break, Rose's faith in Daniel is shaken. How well does she really know him? She fears that, after decades of marriage and children, the man who lies beside her at night is lying in other ways too. Then events take a tragic turn.Wise, wry and richly entertaining, THE SECRETS WOMEN KEEP celebrates the passionate, emotional lives women lead as wives, mothers and grandmothers.

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