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Size Matters by Judy Astley
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Big and beautiful? Or thin and miserable?Jay has always envied her cousin Delphine. While Jay was broughtup in a large, noisy and chaotic family, Delphine was indulged,perfectly dressed with a co- ordinated bedroom, an immaculatewardrobe, dancing lessons and monogrammed silver-backedhairbrushes. Now Jay lives happily with her architect husband andtheir three teenage children, running a successful cleaning companyand trying to keep some kind of order on her disorderly household,while Delphine has long since disappeared to Australia with hersecond husband. But Jay does sometimes wonder whether sheshould be more like her cousin- utterly well- organized and witha size ten figure.So Jay decides to diet. But what should it be? High carb, noprotein? High protein, no carb? High fibre? Wheat free? Fat free?Food free? She tries them all, with a variety of successes and failures.But then Delphine reappears, with a third husband in prospect andthe same old air of apparently effortless superiority. Jay neverconsiders that perhaps Delphine is the envious one...

Author Biography

Judy Astley was frequently told off for day-dreaming at her drearily traditional school but has found it to be the ideal training for becoming a writer. There were several false-starts to her career- secretary at an all-male Oxford college (sacked for undisclosable reasons), at an airline (decided, after a crash and a hijacking, that she was safer elsewhere) and as a dress designer (quit before anyone noticed she was adapting Vogue patterns). She spent some years as a parent and as a painter before sensing that the day was approaching when she'd have to go out and get a Proper Job. With a nagging certainty that she was temperamentally unemployable, and desperate to avoid office coffee, having to wear tights every day and missing out on sunny days on Cornish beaches with her daughters, she wrote her first novel, Just for the Summer. She has now had eleven novels published by Black Swan.
Release date NZ
April 12th, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Black Swan
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