The deliciously witty, irresistibly indulgent new novel from the top ten Sunday Times bestselling author of Not Quite Nice follows the exploits of two retired women on an Atlantic cruise ship
The phone hasn't rung for months. Suzy Marshall is discovering that work can be sluggish for an actress over sixty – even for the former star of a 1980s TV series. So when her agent offers her the plum role of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest in Zurich, it seems like a godsend. Until, that is, the play is abruptly cancelled in suspicious circumstances, and Suzy is forced to take a job on a cruise ship to get home.
Meanwhile Amanda Herbert finds herself homeless in rainy Clapham. Her flat purchase has fallen through, and her children are absorbed in their own dramas. Then she spots an advertisement for an Atlantic cruise, and realises three weeks on-board would tide her over – and save her money – until the crisis is solved.
As the two women set sail on a new adventure, neither can possibly predict the strange characters and dodgy dealings they will encounter – nor the unexpected rewards they will reap.
Vividly evoking the old-world glamour of a cruise ship – and the complex politics of its staff quarters – Sail Away is at once a hilarious romp and a thrilling tale of intrigue, from the acclaimed pen of Celia Imrie.
About the Author
Celia Imrie is an Olivier award-winning and Screen Actors Guild-nominated actress. She is known for her film roles in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Calendar Girls and Nanny McPhee. Celia Imrie has recently starred in the major films Bridget Jones's Baby, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Year by the Sea and A Cure for Wellness. In 2016 she also appeared in FX's new comedy series Better Things, and returned to the stage in King Lear at The Old Vic. 2017 so far has seen Celia Imrie appear in psychological horror A Cure For Wellness.
Celia Imrie is the author of an autobiography, The Happy Hoofer, and two top ten Sunday Times bestselling novels, Not Quite Nice and Nice Work (If You Can Get It).
Hilarious * Daily Mail *
Anything written by Celia Imrie is guaranteed to put a smile on our faces and her latest book is no exception * Good Housekeeping *
A lively, frothy romp, as bright and breezy as the characters she often plays onstage and on screen * S Magazine *
An absolute joy * Choice *
Forget the cruise. Grab Imrie's novel and have twice as much fun -- Hilary Boyd, author of Thursdays in the Park
Celia Imrie reveals a whole new talent in this irresistible murder mystery caper, packed with wonderful characters that will grip you to the last glorious page -- Maeve Haran, author of An Italian Holiday
A dashing roller coaster. She is extraordinary -- Joanna Lumley
A hugely enjoyable romp -- Katie Fforde, author of A Secret Garden
I read it in a couple of sittings, enjoyed the way it moved along at a pace and how her lively and interesting personality came through so clearly -- Cathy Hopkins, author of Dancing over the Hill
Lively plot and eccentric characters ... Light-hearted, fun * Daily Express *
A very witty woman. Hugely entertaining -- Julian Fellowes
Her work has definite joie de vivre and a sunny, good-natured feel -- Wendy Holden * Daily Mail *
The novels are as light and frothy as the iles flottantes with creme anglaise she gives a recipe for * Guardian *
Celia Imrie has effortlessly made the transition from being one of our best-loved actresses to a talented novelist * Choice *