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An Irish Times bestseller, Bright Lights and Promises is a mesmerising novel that deals with family relationships in touching detail. The perfect read for fans of Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time and Joanna Cannon’s The Trouble with Goats and Sheep.

‘A winner. Pauline McLynn brings the same comic touches to her writing as she brought to the wonderful Mrs Doyle’ – Daily Express

It’s not easy being the mother of a twelve-year-old boy who’s in love with his babysitter and having trouble at school. Nor are matters helped by the unexpected arrival of an elderly mother who’s suddenly footloose and fancy free. At least Susie Vine feels secure at Arland & Shaw, London’s leading theatrical agency, where her clients love her almost as much as they love themselves. Then the man who broke her heart comes back into her life and she’s forced to ask herself whether she was right to leave him all those years ago. Or is someone else waiting in the wings…?

What readers are saying about Bright Lights and Promises:

Deals with the different sorts of love we all feel for people and is illustrated beautifully throughout’

‘This is a fine writer plying her craft

‘McLynn is a great storyteller – you never know what you are going to get’

Reviews

Praise for Pauline McLynn: 'Scandal, infidelity, secrets and soufflé are all explored with a healthy dollop of humour
Express
Hilariously funny follow-up to Something for the Weekend. With the perfect balance of humour, adventure and romance, Pauline McLynn makes crafting witty, fast-paced fiction look like a doddle
OK!
A surprisingly gentle, relaxed story... confident, assured
The Times
Packed with cheeky sarcasm and wit
Company
An upbeat, chatty novel
Daily Mail
If this book receives the critical judgement it deserves, it will forever bury the ghost of a demented housekeeper and proclaim the emergence of one of the most interesting Irish writers in years
Sunday Business Post
Funny and snappy...will sit well on a shelf next to such writers as Cathy Kelly, Morag Prunty and Marian Keyes
Sunday Tribune