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Perfect Meringues

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Perfect Meringues by Laurie Graham, book reviewForty-something Lizzie Partridge is a cookery “expert” on “Midlands this Morning”, a kind of poor man’s provincial version of ITV’s “This Morning”. The job hasn’t brought her the fame and success she’d hoped for, but then neither had she expected to be divorced and bringing up the teenager from hell. She endures a series of disastrous dates with a bunch of seriously weird misfits and cries on the shoulder of best friend – and Midlands This Morning’s resident astrologer – Louie, who would be the perfect husband, if only he wasn’t also her gay best friend. One day when out shopping, Lizzie sets her sights on a new man, who she’s seen putting a notice in the window of the newsagents and embarks upon a campaign to ensnare him by way of his wash boiler; the trouble is nothing seems to go smoothly for Lizzie …


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Life According to Lubka

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Life According to Lubka by Laurie GrahamBeryl “Buzz” Wexler, a successful American record company executive living in London, is elated to receive a phone-call from the organisers of the prestigious Urbies awards telling her that she’s going to be given a lifetime achievement award. However, her joy soon turns to despair when her boss puts her on a new assignment; one of the staff in the “World Music” department of the company has been taken ill and the boss needs Beryl to stand in for her, looking after a singing troupe of middle-aged Bulgarian women. Beryl doesn’t want to do it: she’s too cool for this gig, after all wasn’t it Beryl that discovered hit bands like Angry Belgians and Ear Waxx? Reluctantly she agrees to escort the Gorni Grannies first as they tour provincial England, then on to the United States where Beryl promises she’ll look in on her elderly father when the tour hits her home town of Pittsburgh.


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