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The Dolly Holiday(1993)
(The third book in the Helen Gordon series)
A novel by Anne Dunlop
Sarah, my most bossy sister, says you should expect a man to ask you five times before accepting. Sarah has an attitude problem about men and she calls it Feminism. I said that 'wearing dungarees and Doc Martens didn't stop a girl from getting, raped'. She said that everyone knew my boyfriend blacked my eye in Dublin and no doubt I deserved it. But then Sarah thinks God is a woman. The wickedly funny voice of Helen Gordon, heroine of The Pineapple'Tart and A Soft Touch, is heard again in this beguiling sequel to the Derrynose saga. Helen has got herself a job as Assistant to an Assistant in the Wild West Theme Park, a tourist fantasy attraction boasting Hey Ho Silver, the Lone Ranger and three Red Indians. She is determined to dress for career advancement: No ladders in my tights and nothing in diamante or rhinestones. But despite Helen's noble intention to claw and grovel her way to the top, her abnormally high interest in members of the opposite sex and her infatuation with her best friend's bridegroom distract her. In love on holiday in Kerry or Crete, or at home in Magherafelt, Helen observes and records the idiosyncrasies of family, friends and foes with distinctive verve. Helen's voice is honest, energetic and sarcastic. It is the voice of a young woman who has fallen out of love with love but who still yearns for romantic make-believe.
November 1993 : UK Hardback
October 1994 : UK Paperback