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Size Matters

3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Big and beautiful? Or thin and miserable?

Jay has always envied her cousin Delphine. While Jay was brought up in a large, noisy and chaotic family, Delphine was indulged, perfectly dressed with a co-ordinated bedroom, an immaculate wardrobe, dancing lessons and monogrammed silver-backed hairbrushes. Now Jay lives happily with her architect husband and their three teenage ch
ebook, 272 pages
Published July 31st 2011 by Transworld Digital (first published January 12th 2004)
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Meghan Cooper
I really enjoyed the first Judy Astley book that I read, which was Every Good Girl. I thought that the author was witty and clever. The book also really held me from the first page. I feel like this book really let her down. The whole of the storyline is in the blurb. The storyline was under developed, I thought it was extreemly weak. Nothing really happened, and anything that did happen was just a repeat of what had already happened in the story. As a result I found the main character Jay, the ...more
Jay runs a business and a family. With this double taxation it is understandable that her life, her looks and her wardrobe isn't as perfect as those from her Cousin Delphine, who is coming home after being in Australia for years. She asks Jay to organise everything for her return, and although Jay doesn't like to be bossed around by Delphine she does it anyway. She is a nice person, *sigh*. But Jay has one resolution: to lose some dress sizes before Delphines arrival, she doesn't want to look li ...more
Judy Astley is an author I have been reading since she published her first novel in 1994. They are generally an enjoyable light romance/ chick lit type novel, nothing brain stretching but usually fun.
This one made me laugh but I think it is far from the best of her novels.
The protagonist Jay works her way through a selection of diet options whilst awaiting the imminent return of her cousin Delphine from Australia. Jay lives in a chaotic household with her husband three children and almost son
Since childhood Jay has felt inferior to her cousin Delphine, who she hasn't seen for years. Now Delphine is due back from Australia to marry and airline pilot so Jay embarks on a series of diets and tries to get her unruly family to behave themselves.

I found this quite funny in places, but it does annoy me that women's fiction so often is based round women thinking they're fat and finding their hangups with food a topic of comedy. Size Matters is a pleasant enough read, but leaves a bit of a na
Just couldn't finish this book. Tried really hard, but halfway through, felt I was losing the will to live.
Rachel Brand
Feb 09, 2009 Rachel Brand rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: Mum
Probably my favourite of her books, although I only really cared for the main character's storyline.
A really good book, very funny with sarcastic humour, full of backbiting and family rivalries.
Elizabeth Emily Browne
I really enjoyed this book. It was brilliant and I couldn't put it down.
giggled my way through from start to end!
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Judy Astley started writing in 1990 following several years of working as a dressmaker, illustrator, painter and parent. Her sixteen novels, the most recent of which are Laying The Ghost and Other Peoples Husbands, are all published by Transworld/Black Swan. Judys specialist areas, based on many years of hectic personal experience, are domestic disharmony and family chaos with a good mix of love-a ...more
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