Darling Daisy

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9780002258425: Darling Daisy

From the acclaimed author of Ringing for You, the hilarious story of a Generation X-er’s search for love and meaning in New Cross.

Darling Daisy,

You are, as you admit yourself, a bit of a flake, and now it’s time to leave Las Vegas, the dead best friend, the McJob and the controlling but indifferent parents, to follow your rocket-scientist boyfriend of 24 hours to London, where you will rediscover your British roots, visit many famous landmarks and work out what to do with your life (as well as having a serious, grown-up relationship).

But while Rob is reaching for the stars, Daisy is left alone in the worst shared house in South London, penniless, bored and miserable. Should she get a job? Have an affair? Become a poet? Slacker style, she manages to avoid doing anything either radical or useful and instead takes her mind off the swirly carpets and unspeakable wallpaper by keeping a diary. But while Daisy’s got a lot to say, she doesn’t have much of a life, right now. There are always the repellently fascinating doings of her loathsome house mates to fill the pages, though, although she needs to find out more about them, preferably when they’re not there. A bit of ‘research’ can’t possibly do any harm, can it? After all, no-one will ever know.

Dark, funny and full of Anouchka Grose Forrester’s excruciatingly accurate observations and witty literary games; this is a novel for all those twenty- (and thirty- and forty-) somethings who know they can do anything – when they can work out what that is, exactly.

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Review:

Acclaim for Ringing for You:

‘Forrester had created an unlikely new genre: imagine Sterne crossed with Sue Townsend. Enormous fun’
Time Out

‘Wildly funny’
Vogue

From the Back Cover:

Get a life, Daisy. Find love, meaning and interesting shoes – in New Cross?

A free spirit (or a bit of a flake, depending on how you look at it) Daisy leaves Las Vegas, her dead best friend and her McJob to follow her rocket- scientist boyfriend of 24 hours to London where she intends to discover her British roots and work out at last, and at 29, just exactly what she was put on this earth to do.

But while Rob is reaching for the stars, Daisy is left alone in worst shared house in South London, penniless, bored and miserable. Should she get a job? Have an affair? Becomes a poet? Slacker style, she manages to avoid doing anything either radical or useful and instead takes her mind off the swirly carpets and unspeakable wallpaper by keeping a diary. But while Daisy's got a lot to say, she doesn't have much of a life, right now. There are always the repellently fascinating doings of her housemates to fill the pages, though, although she needs to find out more about them, preferably when they're not there. A bit of 'research' can't possibly do any harm, can it? After all, no – one will ever know. So why, then, do her loathsome cohabitees -and Rob – start to act as if they loathe her?

Poor Daisy – could it be that she's nobody's darling?

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