Losing It - Out 12th February 2015
£7.99 paperback, £5.99 ebook Pan Macmillan
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From ‘the funniest woman in England’ Dawn French
'As the minutes passed, Millie prepared herself for the fact that she was now going to have sex for the first time in years by way of a thank you to this kind man in the rather-too-tight new trousers. And perhaps unwisely, she had just consumed very nearly a whole packet of laxatives.’
Millie is agony aunt for ‘The Good Woman Magazine’. In debt, divorced and desperate, she’s about to lose her house. Worse, she has no money, a best friend with a better sex life than her, a daughter in Papua New Guinea and too much weight in places she really doesn’t want.
When she’s asked to be front woman for a new diet pill, Millie naively believes that all her troubles will be solved. She can save her house, the weight will be gone and maybe she’ll get sex – or at least have someone to go to the cinema with. If only life was really that easy. As the money dwindles and the weight clings on, Millie is forced to up her game: It doesn’t take her long to realize it’s going to take more than a diet pill to solve her troubles.
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'Desperately funny, desperately engaging, desperately readable and desperately adorable.’ Stephen Fry
‘A brilliant creation: scene after scene of blissful agony: savagely funny and I couldn't put it down.'Joanna Lumley
‘Helen is a wonderfully funny woman. I’ve known her for 33 years and always thought she should write a novel. She took her time but it’s worth the wait.’ Ben Elton
'Helen Lederer's novel perfectly blends her considerable talent as a comedienne with her skills as a writer into a super-funny but also resonant read. Loved it.' Freya North