'The sunshine read of 2012'
I wrote Revelry not only as I'd always wanted to write a book, but also as I felt there was a gap in the market. There didn't seem to be many romantic comedies about people like my friends and me, who drink like fish, swear like troupers, smoke (and the rest) - while still retaining fairly decent moral standards (most of the time). So, drawing on some key autobiographical moments, and with a little help from my imagination, I did!
What happens when a friend breaks the one rule that should never be broken?
Best friends Bella and Poppy are living the dream – Notting Hill glamour, Shoreditch lofts, exclusive parties and drop-dead gorgeous men. But sometimes living life to the max catches up with you, and even the strongest friendships can be pushed to the limit.
Poppy, Bella and their friends spend the summer having as much fun as they possibly can – from the hedonistic escapades of Ibiza to doing Glastonbury in style. But amongst the laughter come tears, betrayal and backstabbing and one devastating decision threatens to bring it all crashing down. And, once the sunglasses have come off, Bella is forced to question if her lifelong friendship has been broken beyond repair.
The perfect escapist read, Revelry will have you laughing, crying and gasping with shock.
'This is a great summer read which follows thirty-something BFFs Bella and Poppy as they party through Ibiza, Glastonbury and hipster London - along the way falling in and out of love, through career ups and downs, and some very moving moments... I enjoyed this depiction of young media and art professionals (university-educated lawyers, journalists, TV execs, gallery owners) who live life between Notting Hill, Soho and Hoxton. There's nothing prissy or cutesy about our heroines who prefer vodka and a few lines to cupcakes and flower-shops. Despite the revelry of the title, this does deal with issues of ageing parents, of friends as the new family, and the importance of morals and integrity. So if you're likely to be put off by recreational drugs, hard-core drinking and holiday sex with `randoms', then best avoid this. For everyone else, this is a fresh, funny and honest look at young, professional, urban life in the hippest heart of London.'
Clockwise from above left: Sa Trinxa, Playa Las Salinas; Pacha; Primal Scream play Glastonbury; the Cow, Notting Hill; the Westbourne, Notting Hill; Portobello Road.