Nina Porter seems to have it all: husband, home, family and security. But her life turns upside down when a marital row over truthfulness sets her thinking. Isn't she dishonest herself, always playing the good wife? The perfect mother and daughter? The supportive friend? Should she, instead, try to live without the little white lies that support us all? Her husband thinks it can't be done. But he goes away on a business trip. And when a glamorous few days of research in Venice are suddenly on offer, there seems no reason for Nina to refuse them. Or to resist the attentions of the handsome Italian who wants to show her the city. As Nina entangles herself in a web of deceptions, it starts to look as though honesty might not always be the best policy...Mavis Cheek's sparkling new novel is about shaking your life up, striking out and learning to be true to yourself. It's told with all the brio and humour that her readers have come to love.
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Mavis Cheek was born and grew up in Wimbledon. She began her working life at Editions Alecto, the contemporary art publishers. She then attended Hillcroft College for Women from where she graduated in Arts. After her daughter Bella was born, she began her writing career in earnest; journalism and travel writing at first, then short stories, and eventually, in 1988, her novel Pause Between Acts was published by Bodley Head and won the She/John Menzies First Novel Prize. She is the author of thirteen novels including Mrs Fytton's Country Life, Janice Gentle Gets Sexy and, most recently, Amenable Women, which was described in the Times as 'a brilliantly funny, warm, intelligent read'. She now lives and writes in the heart of the English countryside.Review:
"Funny and insightful" Daily Mail "This witty novel follows what happens to protagonist Nina Porter after she decides to tell nothing but the truth ... it does makes you think about the importance of honesty." Scarlet Magazine "I would recommend this book to friends as an amusing and intelligent read. I'll definitely be seeking out other Mavis Cheek books." No. 1 Magazine "Curl up and Enjoy Truth to Tell by Mavis Cheek. Deciding to tell only the truth complicates Nina Porter's life, irrevocably changing her relationships with her husband, mother, daughter, best friend and the seductive stranger she meets in Venice. Witty and thought-provoking." Woman & Home "Mavis Cheek offers whimsy with spiked wit in this new novel, set (already!) post-expenses scandal, post-banking fiasco, offering a salutary warning for any who have decided total and utter truth is the only way to go. Warm, honest, and hopeful." Waitrose Weekly Magazine
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Book Description Hutchinson, 2010. Book Condition: New. Ships from the UK. BRAND NEW. Bookseller Inventory # GRP67895419