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How to Be Second Best - Jessica Dettmann

Paperback Published: 17th December 2018
ISBN: 9781460755969
Number Of Pages: 368

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A hilarious and heart-warming debut that captures the dramas, delights and delirium of modern parenting. This is Marian Keyes meets Allison Pearson, with a dash of Caitlin Moran.

Going from one child to two is never all that easy for a family, but when Emma's husband simultaneously fathers a third child three doors up the street, things get very tricky, very fast.

No longer is it enough for Emma to be the best wife and mother - now she's trying to be the best ex-wife, and the best part-time parent to her ex's love child, and that's before she even thinks about adding a new bloke to the mix.

Set in an upwardly mobile, ultra-competitive suburb, this is a funny, biting, heart-warming modern comedy that looks at the roles we play, how we compete, and what happens when we dare to strive for second-best.

'Jessica Dettmann is a fine comic writer. She has an eye for the small details, irritations and inspirations of life which coupled with a truly original turn of phrase and great way with a gag makes for sparkling and heart-warming reading.' ‐ Ben Elton

Loved it!


Great book - easy to read, relatable and funny. Can't wait for future works by Jessica!



Really Enjoyed This Book


Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, I don't think the summary on the back page does it justice! I laughed out loud at several spots. Looking forward to her next book.



An absolute must read. Funny, heartbreaking, glorious.


An absolute cracker of a first novel from Jessica Dettman. Bring on her next one!



Just Wow!!


Loved this book! The female protagonist is just brilliant. Jessica Dettmann reminds me of a cross between Sophie Kinsella and Lianne Moriarty. Can not wait to see what she comes up with next. I hope her editor is pressuring her for her next book!!!

Toowoomba, Qld


How to Be Second Best

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ISBN: 9781460755969
ISBN-10: 1460755960
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 17th December 2018
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.45

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