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This is an auction for MISADVENTURES by Sylvia Smith.

"Strange, unsettling and oddly moving."
- The Guardian

"This is the nicest, wisest and funniest book I have read for ages. I sat up till 1.30am and read it all the way through, giggling happily."
- Helen Fielding, author of 'Bridget Jones' Diary'

Amazon.com reviews:

"FIVE STARS!!! Sylvia Smith, just an everyday woman, writes little occurences and encounters she's had throughout her life, from childhood to her current age, ranging from 3 year romantic relationships, to a shop keeper who asked to take her out for coffee. (She declined.) So simple you'll wish you had thought of this idea and published it yourself! I literally couldn't put it down."

"Part memoir, part comic monologue, this is an ensemble of mishaps and anecdotes that, taken together, reveals the ups and downs of one woman's life. Relentlessly self-deprecating, Sylvia Smith's diary at first seems to relay the humdrum, everydayness of living, yet it steadily gains momentum as a darker undertone gathers force. Interspersed between humorous tales of first-date disasters and "get-rich-quick" schemes gone awry, the reader is thrown off-balance by the loss of sexual innocence and a pervading sense of loneliness. As Sylvia stumbles from one temporary job to another, and through a variety of furnished flats, her deadpan delivery is shot through with moments of dry wit."

"FIVE STARS! The ennui of day-to-day living is opened up and rendered poignant and amusing. Smith seems to write in a clipped, declarative way, but it is secretly loaded with style and observational prowess."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2001.

248 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $5.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $8.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

Payment within seven days, please.
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  • shipping via NZ Post$4.95
  • tracked mail$5.95
  • tracked mail for Rural Delivery (RD)$8.95
  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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