Grose Forrester, Anouchka Darling Daisy

ISBN 13: 9780006551577

9780006551577: Darling Daisy

A comedy of self-delusion, swirly carpets and the hell that is other people’s washing up.

When she follows her boyfriend of 24 hours from Las Vegas to the worst shared house in South London, Daisy’s sure that, at last, and at 29, she’s going to work out what to do with her unique talents (whatever they are). But while Rob’s off doing rocket-science, Daisy is left alone, penniless, bored and miserable and trying, futilely, to get along with loathsome Leni, nervy Sophia and fluffy-cardiganed Jo, and with only her diary to occupy her. At least her housemates’ horrible lives provide good material, although she needs to find out more about them, preferably when they’re out. With their rooms unlocked. No one could object to a little ‘research’ could they? After all, she’s a writer – sort of.

But if this is Daisy’s private diary, how has it fallen into the hands of the mysterious Editor, and how do we come to be reading it, along with nasty notes about the state of the kitchen bin, other people’s diaries, bad film-scripts, worse poetry, letters from distressed Spaniards and pages from the telephone message pad? Who, exactly, is telling this story, and can we believe any of it?

Excruciatingly funny and wickedly well observed, Darling Daisy is for everyone who knows they can do anything – when they can just decide what that is, and stop having to take everyone else’s phone messages.

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Review:

‘Brilliant… consistently funny’ Independent on Sunday
‘[A] feel-good chortle… with a nice, self-mocking twist at the end’ Scotsman
‘An absolute gem. Don’t read it too quickly – every turn of phrase deserves to be savoured’ Vogue (of Ringing For You)

From the Back Cover:

Get a life, Daisy. Find love, meaning and interesting shoes – in NEW CROSS?

A free spirit (or a bit of 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 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 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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