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by Maggie Alderson

  • ISBN: 0141003979
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Maggie Alderson
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (February 22, 2001)
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • FB2 size: 1857 kb
  • EPUB size: 1213 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 485
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A witty, smart debut. No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without.

A witty, smart debut. Fabulously glamorous. Wickedly funny and realistic. the perfect read for. any girl who’s ever wondered if the grass might be greener.

I’ve got Georgie on my mind. He was playing the guitar while he sang it. Good morning, beautiful. It was great to meet you last night. I’m just ringing to say. have a fabulous day. I feel like seeing a movie later-I’ll give you a call and see if you want to come. I have to confess I was thrilled. I hate it when people say ciao. Unless they’re Italian, of course-then I adore it. But the rest of the message was so lovely I let it pass

Maggie Alderson was born in London and lives in Sydney. The Good: Pants on Fire could have easily become a cautionary tale about the evils of drug use or promiscuity, but it didn't.

Maggie Alderson was born in London and lives in Sydney. It also avoided cliches with Georgia's best friend, Antony, who's gay, but not a caricature. The secondary characters, and there are quite a few of them, are neither perfect nor 2-dimensional 'types'. They're realistic-people you might expect to meet if you were part of the in-crowd in Sydney.

I grew up reading the Good Weekend every Saturday, and Maggie Alderson's fashion column was a great piece of soft journalism. It was something I looked for each weekend, even though I was the sort of kid who didn't put much store in clothes and who was most comfortable in grass-stained jeans and a loose ponytail. It was the kind of writing that illuminated a world and a topic I'd otherwise have virtually no interest in.

Maggie Aldersonwas born in London, brought up in Staffordshire and educated at the University of St Andrews. She is married, and has one daughter and twelve pairs of Prada shoes. At last we've found her, the female Seinfeld.

Pants on Fire – Ebook written by Maggie Alderson. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Pants on Fire. Maggie Alderson was born in London and lives in Sydney.

When a heartsick London woman moves Down Under to start over, she finds that Sydney is populated with men who look all too familiar-making it far too easy for her to repeat the mistakes of her past.

In this story Alderson introduces a diverse mix of outrageous, larger than life characters - in locations ranging from the streets of Sydney's Kings Cross to the pristine Australian Outback. The flaw in some chick lit these days is the lead characters are written as though they are saints and only mix with the privileged. Alderson doesn't make that mistake, providing a lead character who is fallible and has a back-story - one a broad range of readers could identify with. Some of the darker topics touched on through the story include death, drugs and dependency.

Author: Alderson, Maggie. Year first published: 2003. Maggie Alderson was born in London, brought up in Staffordshire and educated at the University of St Andrews. For many years she covered the international fashion shows.


Reviews about Pants on Fire (7):
Welahza
I fell in love with the author on a trip to Australia but was disappointed to learn not many of her books are in the big chains (e.g. BN, Borders) back in the States. I bought this "used" for 1 penny!! It is not used, in fact it's brand new. Even though the shipping was expensive it was totally worth it. I would definitely go this route again. Oh and the book was good too, lots of references to my favorite places around Sydney :)
Zan
A great easy to read romance with lots of twists and story lines to keep interest up. Looking for more by this author. Love the Australian flavour with recognisable landmarks around Sydney.
Bradeya
In this fun, fast-moving story, Londoner Georgia (not Georgie, thank-you very much) is starting over in Australia after breaking up with her cheating fiance.

Through her job working at Glow magazine, she ends up in the middle of Sydney social life--a dazzling whirl of parties, easy drugs and sex, and friendships both superficial and strong.

She recovers from her broken heart, makes some good friends, learns about herself, love, friendship, and trust, and ends up with a romance after all, even though she'd intended to keep things light. (No, I'm not saying who it's with or what happens--you'll have to read the book to find out!

The Good:
Pants on Fire could have easily become a cautionary tale about the evils of drug use or promiscuity, but it didn't.

It also avoided cliches with Georgia's best friend, Antony, who's gay, but not a caricature.

The secondary characters, and there are quite a few of them, are neither perfect nor 2-dimensional 'types'. They're realistic--people you might expect to meet if you were part of the in-crowd in Sydney.

I've never been to Australia (my husband did have the opportunity to be stationed there at one point, but we opted for Germany instead), but Pants on Fire made it come to life for me.

The Bad:
Be warned: lots of promiscuity, and drugs in this one. I had a bit of trouble with all the casual drug use--that's not something I see in fiction much at all, unless it's the villain, and it's a cautionary tale.

Entertaining, but it was more of a "slice of life" story than one that actually went somewhere.

The Verdict:
A quick, fun read, as long as you know what to expect.
Ť.ħ.ê_Ĉ.õ.о.Ł
The audio reader did a *great* job and the writing was fun, but the storyline was so thin that I gave up halfway into disc three. I couldn't take any more of the main character falling for or having one-offs with yet another guy she described as having no substance but was sexy, or who was narcissistic but in such an interesting way as to be appealing. Wha ...?? Not my cuppa. And as other reviewers have pointed out, lots of drugs and drinking and partying. If that's your thing, you may enjoy the writing and the audio reader is really good. I hope to hear her again on future hopefully more substantial stories.
Kirimath
In London Georgiana "Georgia" (not Georgie or George) Abbott catches her fiancé with his erect penis, but someone else is giving him the lift. Needing to move on and mend her broken heart, Georgia accepts a job at Glow magazine in Sydney, Australia though her friends and family think going Down Under to turn one's life upside down seems excessive.

In Sydney, Georgia joins the party scene as expected by someone who works for a magazine that offers information on orgasms for the 18-26 (by 27 you know or are too frigid to matter) female. Georgia realizes the men she meets are clones of the cheater she left behind; even the tongues are as slimy as that limey she dumped. Though Billy Ryan's tongue makes her reconsider having a first born with him, he introduces her to Rory Stewart who mourns the loss of his three older brothers in a plane crash. Rory cares for his devastated family taking up farming and having given up art. He and Georgia are attracted to one another, but he fears commitment feeling overburdened with his family load.

Though the disproportionate promiscuity and overindulgent drug usage is over emphasized, fans will appreciate this chick lit tale as the English transplant does Sydney (and a few males). The story line is often amusing, but the support cast for the most part comes across as superficial. Rory is the only person who truly cares about others, which leads to his dilemma of choosing between the woman he loves and tending to his broken family. He keeps Maggie Alderson's tale alive with his deep feelings especially his frustrations of that of the caretaker who has abandoned his desires sacrificing his life doing the good deeds.

Harriet Klausner
DEAD-SHOT
This is one of the best chick lit books I've ever read. The narration is sharp and the plot keeps one constantly turning the pages. One of the things I like about this book was the portrayal of a glamourous, if insular lifestyle. While many characters are superficial drug aficianados, the narrator doesn't preach about the evils of a fast life but rather enjoys the characters for what they are.

Only two problems with the book: the narrator doesn't seem to have much of a "presence:" this is made up for by the many memorable (if vaguely annoying) people that she meets and befriends. But thinking back on her, I can't remember what she's "about." My other problem is that the romance at the end is tied up a bit too neatly. But come on, it's chick lit, and this is a damn good book!
Mash
Ms. Alderson creates a fabulous cast of characters in this fast-paced world of the Aussie socially elite. We've got a gay designer, an emotionally disturbed co-worker (quite a few of them actually), a dreamy cowboy, several others and at the heart of it all: Georgia, up-rooted British editor just trying to make it in this new crazy world into which she's transported herself.

This novel has all the elements of a great summer read. I enjoyed it all in one sitting during a cross country flight. It's quick, it's witty (you will laugh out loud) and it's endearing. Don't miss it!

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