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The Holiday

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Some people are born to wealth and luxury. Others have it thrust upon them. The rest of us watch and wonder, But for a few glorious weeks in The Holiday, even the bankrupt can dream.

The classically ornate - and exceedingly expensive Carlton Hotel on the Croisette at Cannes is beyond the reach of most English visitors seeking the sun, food and solace of the South of France in August. For publishing tycoon Andrew Marner - comfortably installed in a rooftop suite with tanned and leggy journalist Kimberley Neal - it is the only place to stay.

Yet others have arrived at the Carlton by more circuitous means. The newly redundant Bruce, desperate to recapture his sparkle after twenty years lost in a boring job. His long-suffering wife Frances, now the baffled nanny to her husband who is behaving like a 40-year-old boy. And rough-hewn London Roger, celebrating a casino win with Esme, an artist by trade.

Soon they are enjoying Marner's partronage at La Cote, the hotel's poshest eaterie. And beginning an extraordinary adventure that only reality can bring to an end...

What peculiar circumstances lead to Bruce's arrest, a middle-aged insurance manager who has always followed the straight and narrow? Can Kimberley Neal imagine life as a prostitute? How can Roger not remember the mother of his child? Will Andrew Marner get a knighthood? And, last but not least, just who was it sang that irritatingly catchy pop song 'Little Things Mean A Lot'?

Anything can happen to the English abroad and here most hings do. Master satirist Guy Bellamy serves up a delicious cocktail of wit, humour and wry social commentary in The Holiday - his best and most memorable excursion ever...

"Comic novelists as riotous and eccentric as Guy Bellamy don't grow on trees."
Mail on Sunday

"Guy Bellamy makes quantum leaps in terms of inventiveness and resorcefulness with every new novel."
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Hardback Editions

April 1995 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Holiday
Author(s): Guy Bellamy
ISBN: 0-671-71899-1 / 978-0-671-71899-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Holiday
Author(s): Guy Bellamy
ISBN: 1-909609-34-X / 978-1-909609-34-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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April 1996 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Holiday
Author(s): Guy Bellamy
ISBN: 0-671-85367-8 / 978-0-671-85367-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Holiday
Author(s): Guy Bellamy
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