A Friend of the Family

By Lisa Jewell

From the bestselling writer of One-Hit Wonder comes the impossible to resist story of 3 brothers looking for love, that means, and happily-ever-after.

From her bestselling debut, Ralph's Party, to her most recent, One-Hit Wonder, Lisa Jewell has captivated readers and reviewers alike.

Brothers Tony, Sean, and Ned had the correct upbringing. They adore their mom and dad and truly stay up for coming domestic for Sunday lunch. yet now that they are grown up, genuine existence is beginning to get within the manner. Tony's facing divorce and a weight challenge. Novelist Sean is up opposed to a major case of writer's block and a surprise declaration from his "perfect" new female friend. Their mom and dad have a brand new lodger, Gervase-why is Bernie, their mom, so prepared to offer this unsavory waif a house? and what's the genuine cause of child brother Ned's shock go back from his travels in Australia? As bubbling as champagne, as addictive as chocolate, a pal of the relatives is a hilarious, dead-on-target tale guaranteed to satisfaction Lisa Jewell's becoming legion of dedicated lovers.

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There have been Sainsbury’s provider baggage within the kitchen. He peered into them. tuna steaks, a bag of rocket, pesto dressing, low-fat chocolate mousses, a replica of okay! , a Lottery price ticket. She’d positioned a frying pan at the hob, washed up the mugs and glasses that were sitting in his sink this morning. And now she was once long past. He opened the refrigerator and pulled out a bath of potato salad and a few chilly sausages. Then he took them out directly to the terrace and ate them whereas he watched the sunlight set and accomplished approximately a complete bottle of wine. One Door Closes Ned was once really toying with the assumption of getting a wank while the doorbell went at 9 o’clock that evening. He had his hand down his trousers and were idly fidgeting with his foreskin in a half-hearted demeanour that was once extra comforting than arousing. ma and pa had long past for dinner at Mickey’s and Gervase used to be out someplace with Bud. He had the total apartment to himself and it appeared like a wasted chance to not. His first response while he heard the doorbell pass, except elimination his hand from his underpants, was once primal worry. basic humans didn’t ring on doorbells at 9 o’clock at evening in London. Burglars and lunatics rang on doorbells at 9 o’clock at evening in London. He stuck his breath after which determined it was once most likely Gervase, most likely forgot his keys or anything, so made his means warily to the corridor and known as out a tentative ‘Hello’ in the course of the closed door. ‘Ned – it’s me. Ness. ’ Ness. Shit. Ned stole a look at his mirrored image within the reflect within the hallway. He seemed vile. His hair used to be soiled and he’d had a massive zit-squeezing fest previous within the night and had a face like a plate of corned pork. ‘Ness,’he acknowledged, zipping up his trousers, operating his arms via his lank hair and commencing a very grim-looking pair of socks, bunching them up and lobbing them into the eating room. ‘Hang on. I’m… simply. hold on. ’ He pulled open the door and used to be greeted through a bedraggled yet nonetheless decidedly foxy-looking Ness, status at the door step, donning a pretty flowery gown, a denim jacket and a surprisingly stoical expression. ‘Is… is Bernie the following, Ned? ’ she acknowledged in a croaky, managed voice. ‘Er, no. She’s now not. Sorry. She’s out with Dad. ’ ‘Oh,’ she sniffed. ‘Will she be again quickly? ’ Ned checked out his watch. ‘Half an hour or so. Are you okay? ’ ‘Yes,’ she acknowledged, ‘I’m positive. ’ ‘Do you must are available in – and wait? ’ Ness seemed round for a second, checked out her vehicle parked at the highway at the back of her, at her watch, on the hallway in the back of Ned. ‘Yeah,’ she acknowledged, ‘OK then. I’m no longer nerve-racking you, am I? ’ ‘No – certainly not. i used to be simply, er… No – are available in. ’ He took her denim jacket, provided her a drink, sat her down at the couch. ‘So,’ he stated, bringing her a beer and plonking himself down at the armchair subsequent to her, ‘what do you need to monitor? ’ He pulled open warmth journal and browse out the choices. ‘I don’t mind,’ she stated, ‘whatever. ’ Her voice stuck at the final syllable and Ned checked out her with crisis. ‘Ness,’ he acknowledged, ‘are you definite you’re okay? ’ She nodded her head, a stiff, pressured little nod.

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