Happiness could be just around the corner…
“…perfect setting, perfect dress, perfect flowers, one hundred and eight guests – and one, total and utter, rat.”
Abandoned at the altar, Rosalind Shaw descends into the kind of depression which involves watching too much daytime TV and not bothering to shower as regularly as her mother would like.
Relocating, she begins a new life at antiquarian bookshop “Chapters”. Here Ros finds herself working alongside the intellectual, and intensely private, Andrew; the kind-hearted, sartorially splendid, Georgina; and Joan, a free-spirited, loose cannon of a pensioner, with a penchant for amateur dramatics and outdoor nudity.
But just when life might be starting to improve, Ros’ neighbour Daniel knocks on her door with a bunch of flowers, a nervous grin and some rather distressing news…
Reading Upside Down is funny, intelligent and fast-paced – a feel-good novel of mistaken assumptions and misread intentions; of feelings hurt and forgiveness.
Praise for Reading Upside Down
‘I really enjoyed this book and it genuinely made me laugh out loud… I loved it and can't wait to read more from this great writer!’ Juliet
‘So good I've given it another spin.’ Nicholas
‘I loved everything about this gem of a novel, and was hooked from the very first page.’ KA Clarke
‘I simply loved this book. Jo's effortless comedy had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions. It's as dry as a stick and a welcome change from some of the more traditional chicklit novels.’ K Jones
‘Brilliant brilliant brilliant – what a brilliant book, thoroughly recommended!’ Joe
‘Charming, hilarious and very enjoyable! So easy to read yet fast paced, you'll not want to put it down. Definitely recommended!’ Charlie
‘I loved this book. Very funny with a few twists and warm moments! Highly recommended if you love a light uplifting (and very funny) read.’ Sarah
Jo Platt was born in Liverpool in 1968 and, via the extremely winding route of rural Wiltshire, London, Seattle and St Albans, she is now happily settled in Bristol with her husband and two daughters. She studied English at King's College London before going on to work in the City for ten years. In 2000 she escaped into motherhood and part-time employment, first as an assistant teacher in a Seattle pre-school and then was a Bristol-based secretary to her husband.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Heavy on buzzing dialogue and unforgettable characters, Reading Upside Down is an excellent debut from novelist Jo Platt. Jilted at the altar, Rosalind Shaw soon finds herself sinking into depression, drinking too much, watching daytime TV and unable to find a way back to her old, happier self. As friends and family try to cheer her up, it’s not until they engineer her a new job at a bookshop in St. Albans, that life slowly begins to turnaround. Here, surrounded by friendly and somewhat eccentric colleagues, she slowly begins to piece her life together again. Until her neighbour accidentally murders her guinea pig. Platt’s style is refreshing and natural—crafting sympathetic characters for a story brimming with genuine humour and charm. Discover the light-hearted allure of this tale on finding lasting joy after the aches of heartbreak.
Romantic and fun
A feel good story.
Great book! Had me laughing out loud on a few occasions. Really enjoyed the storyline too, didn’t want to put it down!
Nice rom- only from the girl's POV - good recovery from disaster and HEA.. pace slightly slow but enjoyable read