Five years after leaving university, Lizzie Jordan considers herself one of life's failures.
Unlike her highflying friends, Lizzie works as a typist, shares a grotty flat and 'makes do' with an unexciting boyfriend.
But she has a secret love - Brian, a handsome American she dated at university, five years ago. In her emails she pretends her life is a whirl of extravagant parties and million-pound business deals.
Then one day, Brian announces he's coming to stay! Lizzie's secret life is about to be rumbled unless she comes up with a cunning plan. But even the most best-laid plans have a habit of going horribly wrong...
Praise for Chrissie Manby
'Very funny, hugely feel-good, and the perfect antidote for anyone who worries that the only career ladder they've achieved is a run in their tights' - Fiona Walker
'Nothing short of brilliant' - Marie Claire