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    • ISBN:9780755343010
    • Publication date:10 Dec 2009

The Message

By Julie Highmore

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Julie Highmore is is known for her witty dialogue and likeable cast of characters - 'She writes wonderfully well. Her style is restrained and supremely confident, pruned of unnecessary detail and sparkling with mordant wit' Wendy Holden - THE MESSAGE promises to be her most enjoyable yet

The captivating new novel from the wonderfully witty and entertaining writer

Jen has no idea that her neat life is about to unravel. With one misplaced voicemail from her husband, she discovers that her marriage is a sham. Numb with shock, she's hiding from the future when she's stunned by a face from the past.

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Julie Highmore was born in Surrey. She has worked as a reader for OUP Children`s Books, copy-edited academic work and taught English. She lives in Oxford and has three grown-up children.

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  • ISBN: 9780755352470
  • Publication date: 10 Dec 2009
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