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The Rise and Fall of a Domestic Diva

2.69  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Living on the upwardly mobile Prendergast Road, nestled deep in Nappy Valley, Kate Hunter's son has just been rejected by the only decent school in the neighbourhood and so is doomed to a life of crime, drugs and being shunned by everyone else on the street. She is also guilty, sometimes, of forgetting she has a daughter, Flo.
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published 2008 by Harper
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Julia Batt
Dec 09, 2013 Julia Batt rated it it was ok
Shelves: humour, chick-lit
This book is based around the lives of some of the women who live in Prendergast Road, in a suburban part of London.

Initially the story seemed to be about the competition between these 'friends' (the term is used loosely as they all lie to each other continuously) to get their pre-school child into a particular school. However, this story line fades at some point and I'm not clear what it was replaced with!

The story was confusing, the characters not close enough to really understand how (or why)
Jun 03, 2012 Abbie rated it it was ok
This book was very confusing, I would have given it a 1 star rating, but I mildly emjoyed the sections where Ellie the 15 year old girl was mentioned..even that got a little disturbing.
Charlene Abdilla Muscat
Not bad. I felt as if I was watching an episode of Desperate Housewives!
Jan 16, 2013 Clare rated it it was ok
This book is confusing and leaves you slightly bewildered, like a rabbit in headlights! However it does have some very funny moments in which despite being confused can't help but chuckle along.
Mum2abc Janson
Jul 15, 2010 Mum2abc Janson rated it liked it
Just finished it with a sense that it was un-finished. Great read, til the last 50 pages or so. Confused, don't feel as though things were explored or dealt with - perhaps there is a second book?
Het eerste deel van het boek las ik wel met enig plezier, maar gaandeweg werd dat minder. Het was wel heel veel kommer en kwel en het bedrog nam ongeloofwaardige vormen aan. Iedereen loog iedereen voor, racisme tierde welig, vooral veroorzaakt door onwetendheid, moeder Margery is wel heel erg bevooroordeeld ten opzichte van haar zoon Robert en nog wel meer misschien t.o.v. schoondochter Kate.
Kate wordt ook wat karikaturaal: ze vergeet haar baby diverse keren, stelt foute prioriteiten en blijft
Apr 19, 2010 Johanneke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Type tussendoor-boek. Leuk opgezet verhaal over vijf perfecte vrouwen in één lange Londense straat. Maar toch minder luchtig dan je zou verwachten: iedere vrouw heeft zware problemen in haar gezin (maar speelt mooi weer), in de liefdesrelaties is bar weinig liefde (maar men moet beter toch bij elkaar blijven) en de kinderen (de prestigeobjecten die allemaal (niet) op de juiste school zijn aangenomen), de arme, arme kinderen die in die situatie moeten opgroeien, worden in feite bijna mishandeld z ...more
Lijkt aan de buitenkant een gewone chickflit, maar is toch donkerder en dramatischer dan dat. 5 vrouwen in een niet zo hippe buitenwijk van Londen die wel hip willen zijn en die hun kind in de beste lagere school willen krijgen. Maar in Engeland is dat niet zo makkelijk. Huwelijken zijn niet echt stabiel. Schoonmoeders lopen in de weg. Kinderen worden als accessoire gebruikt. Wel heel wat gepikt van Desperate Housewives, dus niet altijd even origineel. Maar goed gepikt is beter dat slecht geschr ...more
Oct 07, 2013 Christa rated it liked it
A sad lot of people in this story but a sharp perception of those aspiring to be better than they are, making for some ironic humour among the drama. If you take it tongue-in-cheek it's an amusing read for the most part.
Kelly Simpson
Jul 31, 2011 Kelly Simpson rated it it was amazing
The perfect read.
Dec 30, 2012 Mircats rated it it was ok
i wouldn't bother reading it again. Good if you like fluff. I don't particularly.
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Sarah May was born in Northumberland, England in 1972. She studied English at London University and Creative Writing at Lancaster University.

Her acclaimed first novel, The Nudist Colony (1999), was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. A bleak, menacing fable set in a violent and corrupt England, the story centres on 14-year-old Aesop and his manipulative mentor. Her second book, Spanish
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