Book Review On: The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc

About the author (as seen in the book)

Mel Giedroyc has been entertaining the nation for nearly thirty years. A comedian, writer, actor and presenter, Mel is best known for her work with Sue Perkins in the double act Mel & Sue. They have presented many television shows such as multi Bafta-winning The Great British Back Off (BBC) and Light Lunch (Channel 4).

Mel has written two non- fiction books and has appeared in sitcoms and panel shows, as well as on radio and on stage, most notably in Stephen Sandheim’s Olivier Award-winning Company in the West End.

Mel and Sue reunited recently in comedy drama Hitmen for Sky TV. Mel lives’ in London With her husband and two daughters.


Publication date: 1st April 2021

Publisher: Headline Publishing

ISBN: Hardback 9781472256218

Ebook 9781472256249

Also available in Audiobook

Pages: 415 pages

Genre: Humours Fiction

Format reading: ARC Proof paperback

Copy provided by: Amazon Vine

Blurb (as seen in the ARC)

Sally Parker is struggling to find the hero inside herself.

All she wants to do is lie down.

Her husband Frank has lost his business their home and their savings, in one fell swoop. Their bank cards are being declined. The children have gone feral. And now the bailiffs are at the door.

What does an ordinary woman do when the bottom falls out?

Sally Parker is about to surprise everybody.

Most of all herself.

My Review

Thank you to Amazon Vine and headline Publishing for giving me an opportunity to read and review Mel Giedroyc’s debut novel The Best Things. I really like Mel for all her TV work and find her so funny, so was super excited to see what she has produced.

Sally Parker, her husband Frank their three children and their niece live a life of luxury in a nice big house. They have a housekeeper, gardener, cook, dogwalker, so no one has to lift a finger. The children are running wild and doing their own thing. Sally has nothing to do but be a lady of leisure, but she depends on prescriptions to keep her going. Frank has make a mint but when he suddenly losses everything, their home, savings and their belongings that are worth the bailiffs taking.

Now Sally has been thrown into the deep-end having to take control of her family and try and make some money to put food on the table as her husband falls apart. Sally soon finds out a few secrets her husband has been keeping from her and she puts her life before in question. Can Sally keep her family together after being spoiled so much? Will Frank pull himself together enough to keep his family? How will the children react to the shock of their lives as their luxurys are taken away? Will Sally take control of her life for the first time ever?

The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc is her debut novel and what an entertaining read it was. As well as finding the story funning their are some emotional and heart warming bit too, so I feel she has covered all bases for a good read. I really found the children so funny to read about with their antics. I loved seen seeing Sally’s character grow; from a spoiled lady to trying to take control of the situation. I found myself really egging her on through out the book! Mel has also touched on mental health of Sally and her family; which I found interesting because each one is suffering in some way and has been written with care and shows a light at the end of the tunnel. I think this show readers that no matter what life throws at you a) your not alone and B) you can get through it!

The Best Things is a funny, heart-warming and intriguing read.

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The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc

4 Sparkly Stars

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Blog Tour Book Review On: The Lottery by Peter J Venison

Publication date: 25th February 2021

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

ISBN: Paperback 978-1-913962-16-6

Ebook 078-1-913962-17-3

Pages: 309 pages

Genre: Literary Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction

Format reading: Paperback

Copy provided by: Faye at Authoright and Clink Street Publishing

Blurb (as seen on the back cover)

If you found an unsigned lottery ticket, what would you do if it turned out to be worth millions? Hand it in or claim the prize?

Follow the twisting path of Maggie and Greg when faced with this dilemma. Who are the winners and who are the real losers? What is the price of honesty and does winning bring happiness? Can you do more good in the world if you are rich or poor? Find out in this intriguing tale of an ordinary family.

My review

I would like to thank the lovely Faye at Athouright and Clink Street Publishing for kindly gifting me a copy of The Lottery by Peter J Venison to read and review for the blog tour.

I have to say on reading the blurb of this book I was immediately intrigued, to see where the story would go.

Maggie and Greg are just an ordinary family with two children Sam and Jimmy. Greg goes out to work and Maggie runs the home and family life. On one of the couple’s walks in the park they come across an new looking lottery ticket; which happens to be for that evening’s draw! With no signature on the ticket and no one around they take it home the ticket. What would be the chances of this ticket being a winner? That evening with out the children around they discover this lottery ticket is actually a winner, a life changing amount!!!

Both Maggie and Greg agonise how they would go about finding the true owner of the winning ticket, until they relise it would be impossible. Then they find out that if they handed the ticket back and no winner could be traced that no one would get they winnings. It play’s on their mind day and night, but decide they could probably do more good in the world if they had money and claim the life changing amount of money.

Telling no one of their new fortune Maggie carries on as normal mean while Greg works on extending his business so no suspicion could be raise from the people around them. They also get the shock of their lives when someone comes forward calming it was their ticket, but came to nothing. Maggie want’s to do some good with the money helping the wildlife in Africa and set’s about doing so. Mean while Greg is moving money around and making deals without talking to Maggie.

The story covers many years of the families life’s and show many twists and turns that happen to them as a result of calming the ticket. Were they right to claim the found lottery ticket? Will Maggie and Greg do good with their new found fortune? Will they ever know who’s ticket it actually was? How much will the family change?

The Lottery by Peter J Venison was such an intriguing read and I was hooked by the storyline and the characters. There were part’s that I found a bit slow, but having said that I think it was the authors way of paving the charterers thought prosses. I found the story thought provoking even though its highly unlikely to happen, however it certainly sparked a discussion in my household! I really liked how the book spans over the years of this family allowing the reader to fully see the impact their choosing to keep the lottery winnings. There was parts of the story I didn’t see coming, and kept me wanting to find out more! Defiantly worth a read!

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The Lottery by Peter J Venison

4 Sparkly Stars

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