Notting Hell

Notting Hell

by Rachel Johnson
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Notting Hell by Rachel Johnson

EVERY CITY HAS A NOTTING HELL . . .

"A spot of extramarital nookie with a close neighbor is one thing. We're all grown-ups here. But selling a rare-to-the-market mid-Victorian house -- not merely a house but our children's ancestral family home -- on a communal garden, the sort of house that a banker would trample over his own grandmother to spend his bonus on -- is another thing entirely. It's wrong."

Meet Mimi. Mimi may "have it all" -- the house, the children, the part-time vanity job, the skinny jeans, the feng shui guru -- but life chez Fleming is not as cushy as she'd like (husband Ralph prefers the trout stream to the fast lane). And when Mimi meets Si, the new billionaire on the block, at a sushi party, she soon faces a choice of keeping up or keeping it real.

Then there's her best friend Clare, neat-freak garden designer, deep in biopanic about her childlessness with eco-architect husband, Gideon. Clare monitors all illicit activity in the private West London compound, from light adultery to heavy construction, and she is watching Mimi. . . .

Notting Hell is a wickedly funny and oh-so-recognizable comedy of manners, filleting life on a communal garden in London. So take your irreplaceable numbered key and enter Lonsdale Gardens, the world of wealthy one-upmanship, where the old-fashioned laws of love still rule among the stainless steel kitchen appliances, cashmere throws, and compassionately produced cups of latte.

INCLUDES

"Notting Hill for Beginners," a witty guide to the must-haves and must knows of Notting Hill

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416531760
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Rachel Johnson is one of the most high-profile and popular female journalists in the UK, with columns in the London Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, and Easy Living. She lives in Notting Hill, London, and Somerset with her husband and three children.

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Notting Hell 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I enjoy quirky and this had a bit of that.
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Picking up the book in the store, and quickly scanning the synopsis, I was delighted to find that this book could be a light and easy read. Switching off the television and sitting down with a tea in low light, I turned to page one. In an instant, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the perspective narrative was first-person present tense. Something different. Great. We are instantly thrown into the plot, and we soon learn of Claire's neurotic behaviour. We are introduced to Mimi, the opposite of Claire. The jealousy between the two, Claire has the house and income, Mimi has the children and loving husband, is clearly obvious from the start and continuous as the plot thickens and unfolds. A worthwhile read, but not entirely life-changing. At times, the language is hard to read, bogged down with jargon and useless talk from Fashion-Land, Population: Notting Hell. The 'friendship' between the two main protagonists is sometimes unbelievable, as the Claire and Mimi spend very little time together. But the twist at the very end makes the book very enlightening and spreads a smile across my face. An enjoyable read. I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't have a book that they must read right now.
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