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Publisher Description

'A compulsive and hilarious read. In Maggie, Hartley has created one of those indelible characters of whom we must thoroughly disapprove and yet cannot help but love.' Karen Joy Fowler

Maggie Cotton’s life is a hot mess.

In one day, she’s dumped by her boyfriend, disinherited by her mum, and kicked out of the three-year degree she’d stretched to a decade. And that was before she received the letter saying she owed the government $70,000.

But that’s no reason to grow up, is it?

With a decrepit 1960s caravan to call home, Maggie has to prove to her mother she can survive without a safety net, stop her loyal best friend Jen from marrying a scumbag, and convince her sexy workmate Rueben that she’s not a walking disaster. For someone who’s spent her life avoiding hard work, she sure can move mountains when she’s got a little motivation – just don’t ask her to move the caravan.

'Maggie's Going Nowhere is a whip-smart and heartwarming novel.' Miranda Tapsell

Maggie’s Going Nowhere’s sheer energy is remarkable. Rose Hartley’s first novel is a successful comedy, providing many enjoyable moments.’ Canberra Times

Fiction & Literature
7 January
Penguin Random House Australia
Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

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Wit that strengthens women

This book is different. Loved it.
It’s about balancing freedom and responsibility, and the surprising ways being inherently moral and supportive can be manifested, whilst being seemingly quite the reverse and it’s about growing up. I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable and thought provoking it became as I read on. It also bought back personal memories of the huge financial struggles of leaving art school in the 70s..not so much has changed it seems. It’s funny , confronting and peopled by women from three generations with the fabulously witty, angry and resilient traits I recognise and love in many of my oh so valued female friends. It was good to see these traits portrayed and that was what made it different for me.
A good, enriching read ...and funny!