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  • The Writing on the Wall

  • By: Jenny Eclair
  • Narrated by: Jenny Eclair
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)

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Summary

From acclaimed writer and comedian Jenny Eclair comes a hilarious and heart-breaking story about a friendship against all odds.

Summer 1975: Helena is bored out of her mind—there's absolutely nothing to do and her supposed 'best friends' Gwen and Elaine are holidaying in the South of France without her. The only saving grace is that she's allowed to re-decorate her room—bring on the purple floral wallpaper.

Summer 2021: New to the north, Hermione's mum has moved her away from London and all her friends to start a new life with new boyfriend Paul, who resembles a slab of meat from the butchers. Just as well she can paint over that hideous wallpaper in her new room.

By some miracle, the girls meet....

When Hermione discovers Helena's writing under the wallpaper—she's transported back to Summer 1975 and the two instantly hit it off. But after dancing to the juke box at the infamous Blue Monkey café, and meeting Helena's multiple crushes, Hermione discovers a truth about Helena's future which suggests she is in great danger....

Hermione found the writing on the wall. But can she save Helena?

Jenny Eclair is one of the UK's most popular writers and performers—she is the author of a number of critically acclaimed and Sunday Times bestselling adult novels, including the Richard and Judy bestseller Moving. Jenny was the first woman to win the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award.

©2022 Jenny Eclair (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Exceptional

I just adored this book. I bought it as I have loved Jenny’s writing since I read The Camberwell Beauty. I’m not the obvious demographic for YA but it’s a story women of my age (over 60) can relate to. The changes in society are so cleverly shown through the two girls experiences i.e Helena in the 70’s and Hermoine in the present day. I was really sad when I finished it.

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the best

absolutely loved it a great cross over memories of older times that we thought were great but now make you wince

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Storytelling at its best

I know I’m not the demographic for this book – but being a big fan of Jenny Eclair I decided to give it a listen. It’s clever, sad, poignant and funny. Jenny reads and performs it beautifully.

Good storytelling is ageless, and Jenny has struck gold with this particular volume. What are you’re 16 or 60 (as I am) you will enjoy its twists and turns and you’ll be dying to know what happens at the end. Happy listening, and thank you Jenny.

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Great listen

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it brought back so many good memories for me growing up in the 70’s. Jenny’s narration is brilliant.

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Brilliant book

What a fantastic read this is. Took me right back to 1975. Didn’t want it to end!
Thank you Jenny

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Fabulous fiction

This audio book is made even more appealing by the fact it is read by Jenny Eclair- who did an amazing job of both reading and writing it! Fantastic characters and great links to 1975 and the world of teenagers ! Loved it!

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This is NOT only for teens

I loved this story… It made me remember my own school days and the juxtaposition of the girls’ different experiences was so interesting. I liked them both so much- and the many other characters. Well done Jenny Eclair!

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Love this!

Loved Jenny's reading, so much that although I ordered it too in physical form, I listened to the whole thing too. Billed as teen fiction but I was very happy to listen to it too.

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I feel bereft that I’ve finished it!!

I haven’t laughed so much reading a book since the brilliant Sue Townsend gave us the Adrian Mole series! I laughed, cried and held my breath! This is my first novel by Jenny and I can’t wait to read the others! Jenny Eclair - you write so beautifully - thank you x

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Oh I loved this!

What a wonderful story, beautifully read by Jenny herself. A gentle listen with lots of lovely references to the 70’s!