• Life, Death and Vanilla Slices

  • By: Jenny Eclair
  • Narrated by: Jenny Eclair
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 08-15-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 5.0 (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jean Collins had two daughters. But she only loved one of them. She knew it was wrong, but she just couldn't help herself. Jess was a little sweetheart, everyone said so. Anne was awkward and serious and not much fun, to be frank.
But now the years have passed. Jess is missing - run off long ago, no one knows where or why. So when Jean is left in a coma after a road accident, it's Anne who travels back up north to sit at her mother's bedside. And she wonders - why did Jean dash out into the road without looking? What distracted her? And why was she carrying a box of vanilla slices, the cream cakes she only ever bought for extra special occasions? Meanwhile there are secrets waiting for Anne and Jean, back at the old family home. Secrets that were buried a long time ago...
©2013 Jenny Eclair (P)2013 Hachette Digital
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Critic Reviews

"Of course it's funny, but it's also dark, honest and totally compulsive reading" (Jenny Colgan)
"Very dark and very funny. I had it glued to my face until I'd finished it" (Jo Brand)
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By Heather on 08-18-14

I laughed, I cried

What did you love best about Life, Death and Vanilla Slices?

Loved this audiobook. Narration was brilliant. I actually laughed out loud a few times as I could relate to Ann's character.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved it all!!

Which character – as performed by Jenny Eclair – was your favorite?

Definitely Ann.

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By Saffy on 09-30-13

Funny, sad and insightful

Well this is definitely the funniest, saddest, most insightful book I have listened to this year. It's the kind of book I want to share with all my friends and I want to start listening to all over again! I read and enjoyed Jenny Eclair's 'Camberwell Beauty' many years ago - it's been a long wait for this and it's even better than her debut. I consumed this book greedily over 24 hours and really did not want it to end. Jenny's writing is so insightful, she perfectly captures the two worlds of contemporary middle class south Londoners and working class Lancashire life in the 1960/70s. Jenny Eclair narrates this so well- I was so drawn into the story and loved both of the main characters. If you fancy something different from the current obsession with psychological drama or predictable chick-lit, listen to this. Be prepared to laugh, cry and be immensely moved by Jean and Anne's stories.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful


By Kindle Customer on 02-24-14

A thoroughly enjoyable read

I thoroughly enjoyed this amusing and touching story. Brilliantly narrated by the author, the book shares the viewpoints of a mother and two, very different, daughters. A very well observed story of generations and their ambitions. I highly recommend this book and the twist at the end is lovely.

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