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Love In Idleness
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* Full-colour national press advertising campaign. * Consumer competition to win a week's holiday at a villa in Tuscany - all copies stickered with details and competition highlighted in the advertising. * Ongoing author PR activity to include media interviews and appearances at literary festivals. * Submitted for trade promotions. * Reading copies available.

About the Author

Amanda Craig is a well-known journalist and broadcaster. She is the author of A VICIOUS CIRCLE and IN A DARK WOOD. You can visit her website a www.amandacraig.com

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In this lighthearted romp, Craig's second novel to be published in the U.S. (after In a Dark Wood), Theo, a successful American businessman residing in London with his wife, Polly, and their son and daughter, Robbie and Tania, rent a house in Tuscany for a two-week vacation. With match-making intentions, they invite seven friends, including an Indian-British divorc?e, Hemani, with a young son, Bron; former model Ellen; three eligible bachelors; and, most formidable of all, Theo's starchy mother. At the end of the first week, Polly is doing all the work, her relationship with Theo is crumbling, the hoped-for romances are not materializing and the three youngsters are fighting with one another. Only the owner of the house, a "W. Shade," is absent. The vacation appears to be a failure, but something of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream haunts the lush forest nearby, especially when Tania, with the advice of sparkle-sized fairy folk, prepares and administers a potion to the adults. The romantic entanglements that ensue might flummox even Shakespeare; one is not between a previously argumentative couple at all, but between two men, one of whom is Theo. Craig is perhaps too leisurely about introducing the quasi-fantasy element, but it works, and when the mysterious W. Shade finally arrives, he is in for a romantic surprise of his own. This is amusing, featherweight stuff, and readers who love to see posh vacationers gamboling about in Italy will eat it up. (July 22) Forecast: Readers who enjoyed In a Dark Wood will recognize the fairy tale overtones here, but Love in Idleness is a much frothier confection and should win Craig a throng of beach-going readers. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

'This is a life-affirming read - take it on holiday, but leave the rest of the party at home' Bel Mooney, THE TIMES '[the] romantic complications, comic set pieces and heart-warming conclusion make this the most accomplished reinvention of Shakespeare's Dream since Peter Brook's influential RSC production in 1970' Michael Arditti, DAILY MAIL 'Works brilliantly as a sharp and funny analysis of modern mores, a magical story of transformation ' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'This is a life-affirming read - take it on holiday, but leave the rest of the party at home' Bel Mooney, THE TIMES '[the] romantic complications, comic set pieces and heart-warming conclusion make this the most accomplished reinvention of Shakespeare's Dream since Peter Brook's influential RSC production in 1970' Michael Arditti, DAILY MAIL 'The novel works brilliantly as a sharp and funny analysis of modern mores, a magical story of transformation - and only after that a clever literary joke' Suzi Feay, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

Adult/High School-When a group of American and English friends gather at a house in Tuscany for a two-week vacation, they find more than they bargained for. A sophisticated bunch, they are modern royalty of a sort-celebrities in their fields-but they can't seem to jell as a group, and matchmaking efforts fail, too. Married or single, they are all out of step. The three children-two boys and a girl-squabble like any youngsters, but when, in brief but lovely passages, the author reveals something of their consciousness, they become a link to an underlying magic. Running wild in the countryside, they find fairies who give the girl recipes for potions. The children use them to induce the adults to love the right people, but of course these plans go awry. On Midsummer Night, mysterious forces conspire to draw everyone into the woods and keep them all there. Or did they just get lost? Was this really magic, or just the effervescence of discovering life's possibilities in a new setting? This is a bright, amusing story, and for readers who have already succumbed to the charm of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, it will be a special treat. Craig evokes the fey qualities of the well-loved play with many references to characters and situations, and she captures to perfection the quality of a midsummer enchantment.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is the basis of this amusing and intelligent novel. When eight adults and three children vacation together in a rented Italian villa, the children discover fairies, and the adults discover truths about themselves as they reunite with old lovers or find themselves changed and ready for new relationships. Character names and descriptions recall the denizens of Shakespeare's comedy: one comical character has big brown eyes, funny tufted ears, and a braying laugh. Using some British characters, some American, and one British Indian, Craig incorporates insights about cultural misconceptions that sharpen and update Shakespeare's comedy of manners. Several of the characters reappear from her earlier novel, In a Dark Wood, and that, combined with references to P.G. Wodehouse, E.M. Forster, and others, gives the reader the sense that there are layers of meaning to be discovered that will repay careful reading. In the end, though, this is a delightful summer read on its own. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-Kim Uden Rutter, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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