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Phoenix Fiction MMP January 2014 £7.99 320pp 978 1 7802 2193 9 ebook: £7.99 978 1 7802 2228 8

‘Extremely funny, often laugh-out-loud so . . .with her penchant for unexpected twists and smart jetpropelled dialogue, Semple has a way of combining a technologically savvy,

ice-cool wit with a stealthy ability to show gradually a character’s warmer side’ – The Sunday Times on Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

W&N Fiction • January 2014

MARIA SEMPLE This One is Mine The sparkling debut novel of Maria Semple, author of the hugely acclaimed 2012 favourite Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life – except that she’s deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she’s risking everything for the chance to find herself again . . . This One is Mine inspired Helen Fielding to call Semple ‘a fresh, flamboyantly witty new voice’. Praise for Where’d You Go, Bernadette: ‘Heart-warming, life-affirming novel of the year’ The Times ’As sharp as lemon juice’ Wendy Holden ‘Wildly entertaining’ Marian Keyes ‘I tore through this book with heedless pleasure’ Jonathan Franzen Maria Semple worked in Los Angeles as a television writer for 15 years, working on hit shows including Arrested Development, Ellen and Saturday Night Live. Her second novel, Where’d You Go Bernadette has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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