Best Fiction 2023
I felt like I’d been through the wringer by the end of each chapter! I could not guess what would happen next. Bloom writes such good characters and some are so dreadful it feels kinda fabulous when they’re wiped out. Am I bad for finding that so satisfying?
Kate Bocca, Adelaide.
‘Lucy Bloom knows how to write a good novel… comedic and shocking.’ Kaitlyn’s Library
Fast paced, funny and ferocious, The Manuscript is a novel about a novel, and the unexpected ways that life smacks you in the face.
When author, Edith Scott finds herself free in many ways, she switches genres to write a book about war and men. As she learns hard lessons from those in her life who chew her up and spit her out, Edith writes them into her plot, killing them off with delight. But what she does not know is that real life is dealing with them in a parallel reality too brutal for words.
The Manuscript explores the sometimes disposable nature of modern relationships, divorce and online dating.
This is a sexy post-divorce coming-of-age story, which explores the delicate nature of new relationships, the ruthlessness of karma, and the blurry line between truth and fiction.
This story will take you on a roller coaster of emotions through the lives of its spectacular set of lifelike characters. Please don’t miss this book. It has a beating heart and a warm soul.
Jo Buchanan, Goodreads.com
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LUCY BLOOM is an international keynote speaker and consulting CEO with a background in advertising and international aid. She was born in Africa and grew up in Australia. Lucy is an Ambassador for Australia Reads, is a member of the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Writer’s Guild and the Country Women’s Association. While some find Lucy’s memoir hard to believe, The Manuscript is her first work of fiction. Her memoir, Get the Girls Out was originally published by HarperCollins in 2019, then Flamingo Publishing in 2021 for global distribution. Her first book, Cheers to Childbirth, remains the much-loved man-manual on the tricky business of childbirth support. Lucy is the mother of three teens and lives by the beach in Sydney.