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.

Marie’s Book Boutique gives

The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc

4 Sparkly Stars

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