Friend of the Family
Lisa Jewell

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Narrated By: Jennifer Saayeng

Duration: 11 hours and 13 minutes

What to expect

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Meet the Londons, a family in need of a friend ...

Gerry and Bernie London are proud parents of Tony, Sean and Ned, three wayward lads whose lives have suddenly reached crisis points:

Newly divorced Tony is fantasizing about someone he really shouldn't; prize-winning novelist Sean's got a hot new girlfriend and a dose of writer's block; and Ned's just back from Australia, without the girl he took with him - or a clue what he's going to do with his life.

If that wasn't enough for one household, the Londons also have a new lodger - a mysterious rockabilly called Gervase. Will he turn out to be a friend - or foe - to the family?

© Lisa Jewell 2003 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Contemporary lifestyle fiction, Contemporary romance, Humorous fiction, Family life fiction

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The best romantic comedy we've read in ages


Jewell's readability and emotional intelligence make her the cream of pop fiction


A triumph


Tackles serious issues with humour - proving that chick-lit can be intelligent, interesting and huge fun

Sunday Express

This book shows Jewell coming into her prime - both funny and emotionally satisfying

The Times


Daily Telegraph

Addictively readable

The Times

A joy . . . a fun summer read


This novel will make you feel warm inside

New Woman

Fans of chick-lit will understand when I say that this is a book you simply disappear into

Sunday Telegraph

The perfect summer read

Marie Claire

Praise for Lisa Jewell


Magnetic, unpretentious and bursting with one-liners


Moving and intelligent


Jewell's light style can be deceptive; her anatomisation of twenty and thirty-something urban relationships is at times uncomfortably keen . . . It's a lot of fun

Daily Mail

A heart-warming page-turner from start to finish . . . Quite possibly her best yet


Top marks. Fantastic


Terrific stuff: touching, funny and sentient