CHICK LIT MEMOIR


English writer Lucy Mangan always swore she'd never get married - why bother when it takes up so much time and money. But now she's getting hitched to Christopher and she's got a wedding to plan. And she details it all in her memoir The Reluctant Bride: One Woman's Journey (Kicking and Screaming) Down the Aisle, out in May. The synopsis says: "The bride: A late starter in life, Lucy always swore she'd never get married. But now she has to find a caterer who doesn't charge a fortune for a cupcake, a dressmaker who doesn't make her cry and a way to bring Great-Auntie Betty down from Dundee for the sixpence she is willing to spend - isn't it meant to be HER special day? The groom: Christopher has spent 20 minutes compiling his guest list and checking his suit fits before returning to his newspaper - this wedding business isn't so hard after all. The mother of the bride: Armed with colour-coded wedding planning folders she is all set. However, twice-daily conversations with her daughter don't seem to be shortening the 'to-do' list she's drawn up. The father of the bride: A wedding? My daughter? Who's she marrying? The best friend: Gillian has stood by Lucy through thick and thin, but she is refusing to be a bridesmaid and wear a daft dress." Mangan is also the author of Hopscotch & Handbags: The Essential Guide to Being a Girl and My Family and Other Disasters.

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