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The Bitches of Suburbia by Jane Owen Blog Tour, Review, Author Interview, & Book Extract Read by Jane Owen!!!

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The Bitches of Suburbia

By Jane Owen

Nothing much ever happened on Horseshoe Lane – why should it? It was, after all, just a normal suburban backwater with the usual cross section of growing families, ageing pensioners, the occasional singleton and a brace of curtain twitchers. The arrival of celebrity couple, Heavenly and Travis, however, changes all that. This glamorous pair bring about a summer of competitive party throwing and ambitious home improvement projects that will have disastrous and completely unforeseen consequences.

Neighbours who’ve got by for years with just the occasional chat over a garden fence about the unseasonable amount of rain or the state of next door’s garden are slowly united by suspicion as a husband goes missing, a much loved cat turns up dead on a doorstep and Enid from Number Seven is found badly injured at the foot of the cliff.

Could one person be responsible for all of this? Could that person be the strange and unlikeable Hilary Jones from Number Nine? There was only going to be one way to find out and it was going to involve a lot of whiskey….

In this her wonderful follow up to ‘The Rock Star Known as Horse’, Owen’s riveting new story finds a murky side to the suburbs, a side where petty jealousies and neighbourly rivalries can escalate out of all control with calamitous results, all intricately observed with her usual dark humour firmly to the fore.

 

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CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

~4 STARS~

The Bitches of Suburbia is a well-written, easy, oftentimes, funny look at the suburbs. As the synopsis says, nothing really exciting happens on Horseshoe Lane. At least at first glance it doesn’t appear to. However, with the arrival of new neighbors who happen to be famous move in, the secrets that happen behind closed doors start coming out in the open!

There is so much going on within the pages of this book. Each chapter is about a person or family that lives on Horseshoe Lane, so I felt like an insider, like I was someone who knew the inner thoughts of each character. Instead of the characters running together or the plot being confusing, Owen just builds with each chapter until the twist at the end of the book.

If you want a book that is slightly different with quirky characters, I suggest you find yourself a comfortable chair with your favorite drink and meet Hilary, Kelly, Gertrude, Ginny, and the others of Horseshoe Lane. I guarantee you may never look at quiet suburbia in the same way again.

 

About Jane Owen

 

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Jane’s first novel, Camden Girls, was published by Penguin twenty years ago and quickly became an international cult bestseller published in many languages including Japanese, Spanish,German, Hebrew, Italian and Dutch. She’d already spent many years working in the film business working alongside stars such as Christophe Lambert, Andi McDowell, Daryl Hannah and James Remar before switching to the music business and working for bands such as The Who, Robert Plant, ZZTop and many more. Eventually, even that got boring and that’s when she wrote Camden Girls.

After publication, life became interrupted by an unfortunate traffic accident and Jane moved out of London to Sussex and slowly returned to writing. Her novels don’t fit into any specific category and, frustrated by endless rejections along the lines of ‘You write beautifully but we don’t know how to sell this book’ she started self publishing. Rave reviews gave her the confidence to keep going and believe in what she was writing.

She’s still in Sussex, sharing her life with her musician partner, three horses and a dog and divides her day between writing and riding.

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Question & Answer with Jane Owen

  1. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

Definitely actually moving to the suburbs.  All the little houses, side by side, and no idea of what was going on inside not to mention how annoyed people got about infractions of the unwritten rules about not leaving your bins out, not parking in someone else’s space, not keeping the front garden neat and tidy.  

  1. What was your favourite thing about each character?

Tough question!  So many characters, and some of them aren’t even that likeable.  I liked Kelly’s attention to detail, Enid’s sarcasm, Gertrude MacKenzie’s front garden, Sable’s relationship with her husband, Heavenly’s way of lighting up a room with her happiness but to be honest, writing about the dark side of the characters was more fun.  

3.​ Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing?

No, mainly because, and I know this is going to sound awful, but I usually have the tv on when I’m writing.  I love American sit coms.  I’m utterly convinced that all that brilliant comedy writing permeates my work, that some kind of osmosis happens without me even knowing it.

  1. Any favourite foods/drinks you like while writing?

Coffee, more coffee, and occasionally wine.

  1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

There was no lightbulb moment.  I’ve always written things, since school days.  Actually, I wanted to be a rock star but I can’t sing.  It took me years and my first book being published to realise that actually being able to write is as much of a gift, or a talent, as being able to sing.  Once I realised that I had a gift, that not every one found it as easy or as pleasurable as I do to sit down and write a book, then I felt confident enough to say, yes, I’m a writer.

  1. What are some are your favorite reads?

Last Night at Twisted River (John Irving), Down Among the Women (Fay Weldon), Villa Incognito (Tom Robbins) The Spire (William Golding) to name but a few.  This question made me realise I’ve been reading books for over fifty years – that’s a lot of books. If you’d asked me this question when I was a child I probably would have said the Narnia books or the Mary Poppins series.  Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying was a favourite as a young woman, but then so was Gone With the Wind.  I do tend to binge read authors.  If I read one book and I like it, I then seek out everything they’ve ever written.  One of my favourite recent reads is The Sellout by Paul Beatty and I’m glad to see there’s more from him that I can get stuck into.

 

 

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Book Extract Read by Jane Owen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziFaCpCLvpI

 

 

 

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