Release date - 5th April 2018
Book length - 304 pages
Publisher - William Collins (Harper Collins)
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
I want to thank Mary from www.harpercollins.co.uk for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A debut novel by a bestselling non-fiction author, this is a witty, wholly entrancing story of the pleasures, pains and obsessions of contemporary life.
Lisa Blaize – teacher, and would-be fashion writer, mother and second wife – feels out of place when her high-flying husband becomes the headmaster of a school in a country town. Isolated and far from her metropolitan upbringing, she turns to the one place where she learns she can be uninhibited.
But ‘Twitter may be my undoing’, Lisa discovers as her one-time private life becomes all too public. Soon she is dealing with an online stalker and her husband’s reputation is put at risk, but will she be able to give up her addiction?
From the gossip of the classroom to our obsession with instant communication, Look To Your Wife is witty and brilliantly observed, revealing the pleasures and pains of contemporary life.
LOOK TO YOUR WIFE by Paula Byrne is a strong, pointed, and witty novel that highlights the importance and often detrimental effects that social media has on our day to day lives.
Lisa Blaize appears to have the perfect life - sexy, wealthy, intelligent, married to a man who adores her and the mother of two children whom she adores, there seems to be nothing lacking in her world. But looks can often be deceptive and when Lisa and their family follow her husband's career to a countryside school with an uptight community, Lisa feels like a fish out of water. So when she begins to dabble on social media as a distraction it is just a bit of fun, but soon Twitter becomes an escapism of far more importance to her as it brings people into her real life that could change everything ...
Add in a stalker, an affair, a fire, and some very witty and quirky friendships, and this is just a glimpse into Lisa Blaize's life.
LOOK TO YOUR WIFE by Paula Byrne is a strange book to review because it is a strange book to read. The characters are interesting and different and I enjoyed the focus on Twitter and the fact that it is a surreal way of living, but there were also moments when I didn't connect with what was happening to Lisa and felt she was selfish and naive at times. The story flowed very well and I read it from cover to cover in a few hours and never felt bored but I can't really say if I loved the story or not.
LOOK TO YOUR WIFE by Paula Byrne is a unique story with a satirical flair and will definitely leave you questioning just how much you need social media in your life - an unusual read!
Paula was born in Birkenhead in 1967, the third daughter in a large working-class Catholic family. She lives in Oxford with her husband, the Shakespeare scholar Sir Jonathan Bate, and their three children (Tom, Ellie and Harry). She is founder and Chief Executive of ReLit, the charity for literature and mental health. Paula is represented by The Wylie Agency. In 2016 she was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has previously been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Warwick.
Her debut novel, Look to your Wife, will be published in April 2018.
For more information:
Website - www.paulabyrne.co.uk
Twitter - twitter.com/paulajaynebyrne
Instagram - www.instagram.com/paulajaynebyrne/
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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