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Have you ever imagined running away from your life?
Well Birdy Finch didn't just imagine it. She did it. Which might've been an error. And the life she's run into? Her best friend, Heather's.
The only problem is, she hasn't told Heather. Actually there are a few other problems...
Can Birdy carry off a summer at a luxury Scottish hotel pretending to be her best friend (who incidentally is a world-class wine expert)?
And can she stop herself from falling for the first man she's ever actually liked (but who thinks she's someone else)?
If you're looking to replace that Fleabag or Bridesmaids sized hole in your life, look no further: Birdy Finch is here. A snort-out-loud romcom with a heart of gold, The Summer Job is THE debut to lose yourself in this year.
WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT THE SUMMER JOB
'Witty and funny and packs an emotional punch...it's marvellous' JOSIE SILVER
'Loved it, I'm in the queue for more Lizzy' Josie Silver, author of ONE DAY IN DECEMBER
'Fresh, funny and oh so relatable - the perfect tonic' Abbie Greaves, author of THE SILENT TREATMENT
© Lizzy Dent 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The opening of Lizzy Dent’s debut novel The Summer Job is likely to prompt a certain kind of low-level anxiety—the sort you might feel during a stress dream about taking an exam you forgot to revise for. Our heroine, Birdy, has just started a new job as the sommelier at a luxury hotel in Scotland. The problem? Birdy only has a “bluffable amount” of knowledge about wines. And this fine-dining establishment—with its twice Michelin-starred chef and daily changing menu—expects her expertise to be world-class. Oh, then there’s the fact that Birdy is pretending to be best friend Heather, who does actually have an impeccable CV fit for the role, but who decided she didn’t want the job. We couldn’t help but fall for Birdy—a chaotic, messy character you’ll root for (and probably relate to)—brought to life by British actor Emma Sidi’s warm narration. You can, of course, expect an irresistible love story to develop, alongside plenty of self-discovery as Birdy reflects on her (sometimes questionable) life choices. The Summer Job is an endearing and escapist listen—and a true treat of a debut.