According to Yes

According to Yes

Dawn French

Language: English

Pages: 181

ISBN: 1405921552

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Dawn French, number one bestselling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh Dear Silvia, returns with her joyously funny new novel, According To YES.

The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family.

Emotional displays - unacceptable.

Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome.

Fun - no thanks.

This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom. A beautifully displayed impeccably edited fortress of restraint.

So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn't read the rule book.

For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying . . . yes?

'I adored According to YES. It's so different to anything I've read in forever, so charming, wise, brilliantly written. I loved it all' Marian Keyes

'There is lots of fun to be had reading this book. It's impossible not to warm to Rosie, a funny and open-hearted woman who acts as a salve and comfort blanket for this unhappy, inhibited family. There's something quite joyous about the way she unashamedly romps her way through the novel, changing the lives of those around her for the better' Express

'French can spin a yarn . . . which sets According to YES apart from the usual chick-lit template. Think the vicar of Dibley, without the dog collar. YES YES YES indeed' Independent

Further praise for Dawn French:

'A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner. Funny, enriching . . . page after page I laughed out loud' Mail on Sunday

'A hilarious snapshot of family life in the twenty-first century' Sunday Express

'Extremely funny' Sunday Times

'Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on' Guardian

'Makes you laugh on every page' The Times

'A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life' Woman and Home

'Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant' Daily Mail

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back to your room,’ says Glenn. There is a pregnant pause as the study reverberates with the realization of how Glenn has just spoken to Kemble. Is this really going to be allowed to pass? Rosie audibly sucks in her breath, ‘Excuse me, I’m going to check on the chaps …’ and she leaves. Natalie is the one to name it, ‘Really, Kemble? “Go back to your room?” Really?’ Kemble responds, ‘It’s not … like that …’ ‘It’s exactly like that. That’s the whole damn problem. When are you going to …’

chairs, the room is devoid of anything except a startlingly good view of Lower Manhattan from the wall of twentieth-floor windows. The room contains nothing. Including mercy or heart. Natalie is staring over at Kemble. His promises to do the right thing hang heavily in the air. She worries that he is not returning her gaze. Glenn, however, has no such reticence, and locks her eyes on Natalie, utterly unflinching. She nods for their lawyer to kick off. ‘My client feels that since your client has

Rosie hesitates while she tries to work out ‘why’ herself. She’s not in the habit of stopping to think about that, she prefers not to, quite frankly, but now, here, she wants to be honest. Yes. Why? It’s suddenly startlingly obvious, so she says, ‘Because you wanted me.’ ‘I see,’ he ponders this. It doesn’t sit well, ‘And you sleep with anyone that wants you?’ Rosie slumps onto the sofa opposite him. Is that true? ‘I think … I haven’t felt worthy of being wanted in a long time. And somehow,

to it. It’s already autumn, and he doesn’t want Winter to arrive without Glenn knowing what’s in his heart. Ice and Water It’s mid-afternoon, and Rosie stands by the entrance to Glenn’s building. There is the mailbox. In her hand is the bundle of mail from the apartment. On the very top is Thomas’s letter. It would be simple to drop them off and go, but she is rooted to the spot. She left here once before, and regretted it. Something in her knows she is inevitably going to ring the buzzer, so

Kitto will take the boys. She needs to learn where to go, and Iva can show her, you get off to work, Kemble.’ ‘Awww,’ the twins mumble. Rosie is politely and carefully inspecting the father of the twins, whom she is seeing for the first time. What a nervous, chaotic bundle of a chap he is. Heftier than he wants to be. Darkish, reddish hair. Puffy-faced and waxy looking. A hangover in human form. Rosie gets up, ‘Hello, I’m Rosie Kitto, I’ll be taking care of the twins.’ ‘Right. Yes. OK, I’d

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