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Wake Up Happy Every Day

(2014)
A novel by

 
 
From the Costa-shortlisted author of Life! Death! Prizes!, an exhilarating modern fairy tale of risk, reward, and happily-ever-afters.

For decades, Nicky and Russell have kept up the friendship they began in childhood, and for decades, Russell's annual birthday celebration has reminded Nicky of how much more successful Russell is, how astronomically rich he is, and how much further he has come since their suburban childhood. But on his fiftieth birthday, Russell drops dead in his San Francisco mansion, with Nicky as the only witness.

And now Nicky has come up with an uncharacteristically daring plan. If he were to become Russell and leave his old life lying dead on the bathroom floor, then he, his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Scarlett, could start again. Only with better clothes, better hair, better stuff, and a better future: everything that money can buy. Especially happiness.

But when the foundations of their glittering new existence start to crack, the impact of Nicky's hasty decision is felt by all those around him: by his daughter; by his own distant, confused father; by a young English woman who has come to America in search of her father; and by the mysterious Catherine, an ex-soldier who seems to take an unhealthy interest in Nicky's activities.

Sharp, funny, warm, and acutely observed, Wake Up Happy Every Day is a novel about dreams and delusions, family and friendship, and what happens if you actually find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Paperback Editions

2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wake Up Happy Every Day
Author(s): Stephen May
ISBN: 1-4088-4076-6 / 978-1-4088-4076-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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December 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wake Up Happy Every Day: A Novel
Author(s): Stephen May
ISBN: 1-62040-351-X / 978-1-62040-351-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wake Up Happy Every Day
Author(s): Stephen May
ISBN: 1-4088-4074-X / 978-1-4088-4074-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
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Audio Editions

September 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Wake Up Happy Every Day
Author(s): Stephen May
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
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September 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Wake Up Happy Every Day
Author(s): Stephen May
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Wake Up Happy Every Day: A Novel
Author(s): Stephen May
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


March 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wake Up Happy Every Day
Author(s): Stephen May
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK