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Marianne Kavanagh
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For Once In My Life

Marianne Kavanagh


Text Publishing Company

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


368 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Tess believes in soul mates. She’s pretty sure that the thoughtful, attractive and faithful Dominic is hers. George doesn’t believe in soul mates, but he does believe in music, love and doing the right thing. They’ve never met, but they have mutual friends, most of whom think Tess and George would be good together. It takes a few years, and plenty of mistakes before they do finally meet, but by then both are happily enmeshed with other partners. Or are they?

A charmingly entertaining and ebullient novel that is perfect for a lazy weekend (and will no doubt one day make a perfect Saturday afternoon rom-com movie!). Lindy


This was George. She recognised him, although she had never met him. All around were people pressing into him, shouting over him, jostling him, and he stood there, looking at her, completely and utterly familiar. She was shocked, because of that jolt of recognition. But at the same time she was reassured. He was exactly as she knew he would be. Tess and George are soul mates. They've just never met each other. They both live in London. They went to the same university.

But throughout their twenties, despite their shared friends' best efforts, they never come face to face. And now they're stuck with partners who don't understand them and jobs that make them unhappy, always settling for second best. Finally they meet at a friend's thirtieth birthday party. Can they disentangle themselves from their former lives and grab hold of their one chance to be together? Or is it too late?
This is a love story that teeters on the edge of disaster. It's about whether it's better to compromise-or to wait for your soul mate.

By:   Marianne Kavanagh
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   513g
ISBN:   9781922147851
ISBN 10:   1922147850
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   April 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marianne Kavanagh has worked on a number of UK magazines, including Woman, Tatler and the Telegraph's Saturday magazine. She joined the launch team of Marie Claire, where she became deputy editor, before leaving to spend more time with her family. Since then, as a freelance editor and feature writer, Marianne has contributed to a wide variety of newspapers, magazines and websites, including the Telegraph, Mail, Guardian, Marie Claire, Easy Living, MyDaily and Red. She writes a weekly column, 'Surviving Teenagers', for the parenting site Parentdish. She lives in London.

'Funny and heart-warming, this is a superb debut novel and readers will, without doubt, look forward to more from Marianne Kavanagh.' -- Bookmooch 'Kavanagh's novel is superior chick lit: beautifully written, enlivened by witty and wise observation.' Age/Sydney Morning Herald '[A] witty, summer-fresh debut.' Independent

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